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Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  122,280 ratings  ·  5,234 reviews
"The murderer is with us–on the train now . . ."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot mus
Paperback, 315 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Harper (first published 1934)
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Emily May

When all the other little girls wanted to be princesses - do you know what I wanted to be? And no, it wasn't a vampire, either... it was...


The fact that I actually took the time to edit my face into that picture should tell you something about a) my Poirot love, and b) the kind of hopelessly boring day I have suffered through :D

Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
If you're on a train (or boat, or island), planning to commit a nice, unsolvable murder, and you find out Hercule Poirot is one of the guests . . . Just change your plans. That is all.


I'd like to know if anyone has ever solved this particular murder mystery. It's mind-boggling, and deservedly one of Agatha Christie's better-known books.
Nandakishore Varma
I do not like to write reviews of whodunits: you can't do justice to the analysis without explaining what happened in detail, but then it spoils the story for whoever has not read it. So, for those mystery lovers who have not read The Murder on the Orient Express so far, I will post a single line review: Go and read it! This one rocks! What are you waiting for?

Now, the review for fellow mystery and Christie lovers who have read the book(or like me, re-read umpteen number of times till the pages
April 2012

Earth, 1930-something: The Doctor is enjoying a quiet train ride across Europe after an exciting adventure in Constantinople (involving a staring contest between a Dalek and a Weeping Angel) when a fellow passenger is murdered. With the train stopped by heavy snows, and the TARDIS nowhere in sight, the Doctor must use all his timey-wimey cunning to solve...THE MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS! And stop the universe from blowing up, again.

Oh, c'mon, you know they're going to do that story e
Oh woww I was not expecting that ending at all! Christie ya got me again you ol' trickster
Jason Koivu
Misery loves company. Now that I know who dunnit I'm not going to tell you, but rather let you suffer through the torment of not knowing, the embarrassment of thinking your guess must be correct only to find you are WRONG! You are wrong because Poirot and the woman who created him are both smarter than you. Suck it, that's just the way it is. It's a truth as true in 1934 as it is today. Christie is synonymous with clever. Her plot constructions will out-wit the pants right off you...if her chara ...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are Mr. Ratchett. Or are you? Fame is not something you crave; comfortable retreat is your desired goal. You do not have a nice face and foreigners appear to hold that against you. In fact, all the passengers on this express ride through Europe seem to find displeasure in looking at what you consider to be a rather dignified and intelligent face. It is mystifying! Why all the cold shoulders? Why all the quickly averted glances? Why the anonymous notes? Your frustrat
Aug 12, 2011 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers
Well, after many years I have finally read an Agatha Christie mystery. My overly persuasive husband prodded me into reading it because he thought that since I was a mystery lover I had to read one of the most prolific mystery writers of all time. I read it in two days. It is a very easy read that carries the reader effortlessly into each chapter and section. The characters are somewhat intriguing and from varied international backgrounds which definitely heightened the sense of mystery. It is th ...more
Oct 31, 2008 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Recommended to Amanda by: my husband Jason
Ok. So now I know for myself why Agatha Christie is such a successful author - she's dang good, that's why! This book was nothing short of brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery. Her main character, "Poirot", is such a wonderful example of the little man with the big brain. No one expects him to be so amazingly brilliant at figuring out these myteries but he does because he uses psychology and imagination. This book is what I'd call "brain-candy". You have to learn ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All mystery fans!
Agatha Christie is justly regarded as the grande dame of the traditional Anglo-American mystery in the period between the World Wars. Both fans and critics of writings in this genre from that time agree that, on the whole, whatever their merits, these novels usually do tend to follow a rather predictable, formulaic plot structure, and tend to be purely intellectual puzzles or entertaining stories which don't grapple with serious moral or philosophical questions. But neither of those generalizati ...more
Henry Avila
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 5* of five, mostly for the Agatha Christie's Poirot adaptation

The Publisher Says: Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. A passenger lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

My Review: Well, that was a concise-to-the-point-of-terseness summary. But I suspect most of us who are voracious or even
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أجاثا كريستي، رفيقتي أيام الطفولة

أدخلت الأثارة والتشويق لمخيلتي

كانت أحد الأسباب التي ساهمت في

اكتشاف وزيادة حبي للقراءة

Barry Pierce
This is my first Christie novel and I'm lucky that I own 14 others because I know I will be going through these quickly! This was really great. I admire how this novel was structured, it was split into three main parts: the crime, the interrogations, and the solution.

Christie's writing is really clear and easy to read, she writes in non-complicated English with which nobody should have trouble. She also never strays from the plot. Every single sentence has something to do with the case (which i
David Sarkies
Oct 17, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Murder Mystery Lovers
Recommended to David by: My Mum
Shelves: mystery
A Not So Pleasant Train Journey
17 October 2015

This is the forth Agatha Christie novel that I've read and I must admit that it was a lot better than the last two offerings that I picked up (despite one of them being all the rave, I simply couldn't get into it as much as other books). Okay, this is your standard detective novel where there is a murder and Poirot then proceeds to interrogate everybody on the train, examine the evidence, and then come to his conclusion. However, it was the conclusi
You have this impression of Agatha Christie as a kindly old lady who writes generic mysteries featuring tea and knitting.

And she was that, but before she was that she was this lady

who is significantly younger and looks like a little bit of a badass, and in fact she was one.

The central question of a mystery is "Who done it," right? And what Christie did is she took that question and said, "How far can I take the answer? How weird can I make it?" And she comes up with these wild, experimental, me
Fahima Jaffar
من أجمل روايات أغاثا وأكثرها شهرة.
قرائتي لها قديمة جداً لكني أذكر إشاراتٍ في مستهل الرواية لأجواءِ أسطنبول. أجدُ في العديدِ من روايات أغاثا مادةً ثريةً للدراسات الاستشراقية والمابعد كولونياليّة.
How can you not like Agatha Christie?? She's great fun!! I had read this book back in the 70's and didn't figure out whodunit....I certainly remembered the whodunit before I started this time, but there was a surprise at the ending that I didn't expect or it all made it worth it.

I loved mysteries when I was a kid,and I admit I still do....I read all the juvenille mystery books in our public library,and the librarians were so impressed. Then I started reading the adult ones,and whe

As a disclaimer this is hardly a typical review but more a reflection on when I read this years ago. And also, a reflection upon mystery novels and genre authors.

I seem to have made it my unofficial goal to have one great female author in every genre that I read (and vice versa). For Tolkien I have Susanna Clarke or Catherynne M. Valente; for Asimov and Bradbury in sci-fi I seem to have Anne McCaffrey (but other female sci-fi authors are waiting to be discovered). I still need to add a male auth
Um crime no Expresso do Oriente apresenta-nos duas particularidades: primeira, a acção decorre num comboio, ou seja, num local com bastantes limitações físicas para um assassino se esconder ou “desaparecer”. Segunda, o livro encontra-se dividido em três partes:
Parte 1 Os Factos
Parte 2 Depoimentos
Parte 3 Hercule Poirot Senta-se e Pensa

Nem vi direito o nome dos capítulos no índice que vem antes da história começar, bastou-me ver o título das partes, especialmente o da última, para atiçar a curiosi
Jun 02, 2008 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans, everyone
I had no prior experience with Agatha Christie before going into this book, so I did not know what to expect. Although the story started slowly (as all mysteries really must), I was soon enthralled by this amazing writer.
The storyline has become synonymous with murder mystery fiction. A man is killed on an international railroad, and most of the action takes place in the former Yugoslavia. Christie presents a fascinating assembly of people/suspects, and her wonderful detective, Hercule Poirot
In the seventh grade, I read Murder on the Orient Express, either right before or after I read Death on the Nile, without really having any idea who Agatha Christie was. I remember enjoying this a lot and finding it very exciting and suspenseful, and of course the ending blew my mind. Then I pretty much forgot about the book until about a year ago when I did my senior research project on detective novels and spent my summer reading a ton of them.

The hotel chain Country Inns and Suites does a th
This was originally tagged to appear on my "book rape" shelf because, generally speaking, I would rather slam my head in a car door than read a straight-up mystery. This may be because of burn out at a young age. After devouring the entire Nancy Drew series, I had an epiphany one day that went something like this: "I don't give a damn who did it." It was like someone flipped a switch and I went cold turkey on mysteries (I even remember starting Murder on the Orient Express as a teen and thinking ...more
Damian Dubois
I have to say that towards the end when a certain theme started to emerge I was saying to myself this is incredulous, absolutely ridiculous, how can anyone swallow that? But then the solution was revealed and to my mind that solution was perfect. Well played, Agatha, well played. And I should also mention that I loved the very end of the book as well...

A solid effort and the first Agatha Christie book I've had the pleasure of reading. 4 stars.
Adorei o final! Bastante original! Toda a historia se passar num certo espaço (comboio) e numa viagem faz com que o livro seja ainda mais interessante. Bem finalmente posso dizer que li um livro da Agatha Christie. Lerei mais livros desta autora ;)
I guess the reason I like reading Agatha Christie's murder mysteries so much is because I love me my unforgettable, mind-blowing endings. In every book I read. To me, if it's a story that doesn't end well (or rather, does not have a very good falling action), it's just an okay story. You have to end a story well. And Christie does it very well.

Even though the beginning was slightly dragging (which I had to understand, because the author needed to establish the mystery and the red herrings first
Huda Aweys
للعدالة وجوه كثيرة
مجرم قتل طقلة و اتسبب في موت امها بالحسرة و انتحار الأب .. و نجى من المحاكمة ببساطة لأخطاء ادارية و قانونية أدت لعدم اثبات التهمة عليه
! ..
و بتجتمع العائلة .. و اصدقاء العائلة :) .. و بيقرروا القصاص منه
بيقتلوه .. و بوارو بيكتشف جريمتهم ، لكن بيتعاطف معاهم .. و بيساعدهم في ايجاد مخرج
و بينسحب بعدها من القضية لأنه طبعا رجل قانون و مايصحش يكون ضالع فى أمر زي دا
حبكة الحكاية كانت مهلهلة و غير محكمة بعض الشئ لكن في النهاية دي (أجاثا كريستي) :) يعني براحتها

I read Murder on the Orient Express in a couple of hours today and damn, this book blew my mind! I don't know how Agatha Christie does it but she has managed to exceed my expectations - and believe me, I was expecting a really good book.
4.5 stars - Spoilers

This was my second Agatha Christie read, I loved And Then There Were None - it was such an awesome book. However, I regretted buying Murder on the Orient Express - for some reason or another I thought it would be dry and boring. Thankfully, once I forced myself to actually read it, I was more than pleasantly surprised. Yea, it was an excellent read. The mystery was great - I thought I had it all figured out but it was only towards the end where I started to suspect what was r
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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