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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
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Apr 25, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery-fiction, classics, detective-fiction, personal-faves
Read in November, 2008

"All around us are people, of all classes, of all nationalities, of all ages. For three days these people, these strangers to one another, are brought together. They sleep and eat under one roof, they cannot get away from each other. At the end of three days they depart, they go their several ways, never perhaps to see each other again."

Ah, yes. The world famous case of the "Murder on the Orient Express" -- it is so famous that even people who have never read Agatha Christie's works has heard of it. That is the reason why I decided not to deny myself the pleasure of discovering for myself of reading the work of Christie, hailed as probably the greatest mystery writer of all time.

The usual suspects remind one of the typical English drawing room murder mysteries: an English colonel, a Russian princess, a count, a beautiful mysterious woman...they are all here.

When Hercule Poirot boards the Orient Express he has no idea that he is about to descend into one of the most baffling cases of his career. After he makes eye-contact with a passenger by the name of Ratchett, he knows immediately that this man is no good, possibly even downright evil. With his sentiments echoed by everyone on board, it is not so much a surprise when Ratchett comes to him with an interesting proposition. He is being targeted for death by a private enemy and would like to enlist the detective's help in the detection of the culprit. M. Poirot refuses the case and thinks no more of it until the unfortunate Mr. Ratchett is found murdered. But as the case progresses, it comes to light that the circumstances are not so unfortunate as "Ratchett" was most certainly the despicable man everyone thought him. Armed with the knowledge that the murderer must still be on the train and the certainty that all the passengers are more than happy to see Ratchett dead, Hercule Poirot must sift through a handful of clues to track down a murderer.

The revelation in the final pages will surprise the reader yet it will not strain belief too much. The solution will also show the reader why "Murder on the Orient Express" is famous in its uniqueness and has never been copied (no writer dares to).

Book Details:

Title Murder on the Orient Express
Author Agatha Christie
Reviewed By Purplycookie

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