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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
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Aug 12, 2011

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Recommended for: Mystery lovers
Read in December, 2007

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 the first book I have read that takes place, for the most part, on an stationary train (the orient express) in the dead of winter.

I appreciated the suspense, the author's irony and sense of humor, but it lacked depth or any meaning beyond a mystery. However, maybe that is all Christie was trying to deliver: a beautifully written mystery and nothing more? Still, I struggled with rating it in the same category as the great books I have read and so I rated it against the greatest mystery I have ever read: The Women In White by Wilkie Collins. All in all, it held my attention, made me chuckle and even though I suspected the true killer(s) identity all along I was pleasantly surprised with the way it unfolded.
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Yanni Yes, this is one of Chistie works that is popular because the drama in it. Christie made it a "grand" case and beautiful, etc. because it also include real case as a... memorandum? (the kidnapping case which become the motive of this murder is real,yeah)

Emily Read And Then There Were None. That's the best one I've read by her!

Emily My favorite Christie novel is The Man in the Brown Suit. And Then There Were None is also fabulous. :-)

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Dawnyail Thomas In the book the orient express a detective is travling on a an orient express. His mame was hercule poirot. He eventually finds a ganster or thug or whatever he was, murderd. Knowing the killer is very inteligent desides to take the case anyways and he is still p board.

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