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Murder on the Orient Express

(Hercule Poirot #10)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  279,418 ratings  ·  18,097 reviews
What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?
Paperback, Agatha Christie Signature Edition, 274 pages
Published June 4th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1934)
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Araz Goran
لم يسبق لي أن قرأت رواية لأجاثا بمثل هذا الغموض والتعقيد والضياع بين شخصيات الرواية التي تدور احداثها هذه المرة في قطار متوقف في وسط الثلوج , الكل مشتبه به والكل برئ في هذه القضية.. في النهاية عليك أن تضع كل الاحتمالات الممكنة ليس في معرفة القاتل فحسب بل أيضاً في تلقي الصدمة التي سيوقعها بك الأخ بوارو ومن ورائها العمة أجاثا , رواية مذهلة وصادمة وماكرة, أستمتعت بها كثيراً..
I by rule of thumb will not give a mystery 5 stars so this one gets a 4.5 because Hercule Poirot's Murder on the Orient Express by the grand dame of mysteries Agatha Christie is no ordinary mystery. I read this back in high school and decided to pick it up when I saw "read a book you read in high school" on my public library's reading challenge this year. I have enjoyed Poirot pretty much since I was old enough to read on my own. Christie goes deep into her characters and just when you think you ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know what I love about this book, Goodreads? You wanna know what makes this book just a downright pleasure to read? It’s just a good old-fashioned murder mystery with no frills, no multiple timelines, not big plot twists, no no no no. It’s not that at all.

It’s just a short little mystery with an overwhelming cast of characters to keep track of, and, gee whiz, are these guys eccentric. And they all could be a suspect.

So here’s how the book breaks down:

There is a murder on the Orient Express
Apr 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
of COURSE i made a list for this one!


*A locked room gathers many corpses. But HOW??*

Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie's most revered books for a reason. She uses the trope of the locked room mystery as a foundation and then further heightens the "impossible" crime by situating that locked room on a moving train. If that's not enough reinventing of the old mystery wheel for one day, her solution is also a bit of a
Richard Derus
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sean Gibson
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All right, someone needs to tell this Janie-come-lately hack Agatha Christie to stop cribbing a page from the Snakes on a Plane handbook with her titles.

Who does she think she is, infringing on the territory of the redoubtable Samuel L. Jackson? Good luck having a future in this business, lady, with those kinds of backdoor shenanigans.*

There’s no way this stakes**-on-a-train whodunit is going to register as more than a blip on the mystery-reading public’s consciousness, given that the bumbling
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow 👏🏼'
Briar's Reviews
I have been wanting to read books by Agatha Christie for years, yet whenever I made it to a bookstore I would get lost in the aisles and forget about my desires. Luckily for me, Kennett Branagh decided to remake Murder on the Orient Express. The movie was fantastic and everything I wanted it to be, which gave me perfect reason to find the book and give it a shot! And it was INCREDIBLE.

I'm amazed by how talented Agatha Christie was. The pure talent for writing shown in this book is so shocking, a
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I read through the Agatha Christie books in my 20s and loved them. Before seeing the movie, I decided to re-read this one. And it didn't disappoint. Agatha Christie really is the Grand Dame of Mystery.

And what a clever case it is. One victim, multiple suspects, and the classic "locked door" mystery. There are no tricks, no clever devices to shock and surprise the reader. Instead the reader, along with Poirot, must use their powers of observation, what Poirot would call the "little gray cells" t
Mohammed  Ali
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذه السيدة عبقرية بكل تأكيد :)
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
HA! Now I know why MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is depicted as one of Agatha Christie's best.......

The dandified Detective Hercule Poirot (and his curlicue mustache) just happened to be traveling on a three day journey across Europe on the resplendent Orient Express when the train is detained by a snowdrift; and all seems well otherwise, that is, until morning when millionaire Samuel Rachett is found dead as a doornail in his compartment with multiple stab wounds. (no spoiler here)

With M. Poirot

J.L.   Sutton
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd seen the 1974 Albert Finney film a number of times so I already knew who dunnit. Nevertheless, reading Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was an enjoyable experience. I'd just reread Murders in the Rue Morgue. Comparing Poe's detective, Dupin, with Christie's, Hercule Poirot, was thus unavoidable but quite interesting. Dupin sees solving the murders as something amusing. Likewise, Poirot sees his investigation of the murders on the Orient Express as a break from boredom. No doubt ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wonder if the author Agatha Christie was secretly a serial killer who got away with her crimes and then just turned them into novels - I kid, I kid. But, I can definitely see why she is known for her murder mysteries - there's absolutely no way anyone could possibly have solved this one before Inspector Poirot lays it all out at the very end of the book, despite the fact that all the clues needed to solve it are given basically from the outset.

This murder mystery written in 1934 still reads w
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أقسم بالله.. بحياتي لم أشعر بالقهر والحسرة كما اشعر بهم الآن ..!!
أقسم بالله أغلقت الكتاب وأسير بالغرفة ذهاباً وإياباً .. صدمة ورب الكعبة ما بعدها صدمة!! لقد أعدت قراءة الخاتمة مرتين والثالثة بعد أن تنتهي المراجعة !! ..
** لقد إنتهت الرحلة وتوقف القطار ونزل الركاب ولكنني بقيت هناك :) ..! **
أربع ليالي ...
● أربع ليالي قضيتها وأنا منقطع بغرفتي وبأقلامي ومذكراتي علي تلك الرواية .. أيام العيد اخترت أن تكون مع مس كريستي .. بحياتي لم أستمتع بعمل أدبي كتلك المرة ! ولا تهم كل جهودي لأنني سعيد
Happiness is when I'm reminded of books near and dear to my heart, that I perhaps read in another lifetime , and that readers are discovering for their first time. Walking along the beach path I overhear bits and pieces of other conversations and last week was one of those magical days. Two young women were walking together when one asked the other, "Have you ever read Agatha Christie? My favorite teacher - 7th grade English- turned us on to her. She is so amazing. I'm reading Murder on the Orie ...more
Jason Koivu
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, crime
“Mon ami, if you wish to catch a rabbit you put a ferret into the hole, and if the rabbit is there he runs. That is all I have done.”

Monsieur Poirot is full of nuggets of wisdom like that, often leaving his listeners completely nonplussed.

I recently saw the trailer for the 2017 adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express, and I figured now may be a good time to reread this book, which I first read decades ago. I recently said in my The Moonstone review that knowing the solution to a murder mys
The Girl Murdered by Her TBR
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, mystery, ebooks
5 stars!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I just realize something. I CANNOT BE A DETECTIVE. I suck on being a keen observer and I get confused easily. So yep, goodbye to my dream of being a detective.

This book is phenomenal!!! I'm in awe, this was ridiculously intriguing and exciting. This was my first Agatha Christie book and I devoured it.

What I love about this book is the tension between the characters and the sole mystery of who killed whom. I think that the author was successful in making this mystery
Natalie Richards
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-book
Loved this, my first Agatha Christie! The ending is perfect.
Johann (jobis89)
“If you will forgive me for being personal - I do not like your face.”

A much-loathed man is found murdered with multiple stab wounds on the luxurious Orient Express with 13 potential suspects. Who did it?

If you will forgive me for being personal... but I do not like YOUR face, Poirot. I’m sorry, Christie... it’s not you, it’s me. I can fully appreciate that Agatha Christie is the Queen of Crime - the level of detail and planning that obviously goes into constructing such complex crime scenes and
Liam Degnan
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


A Full Five Stars:✰✰✰✰✰

I really don't like over-hyping books (unless I'm talking about Sanderson.... then yes I will absolutely over hype it haha), so keep in mind that I usually try to rate books according to the genre they are in. Different genres hand themselves to different means of being rated. Like... I would never take a star off of a Sci-fi novel for not having a magic system, because magic has very little to do with the Sci-fi genre haha. As a mystery, certain compon
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I started reading this mystery, I thought about whether I should read with the intent to ferret out the clues and deduce the criminal mastermind, or whether I should just sit back and enjoy the careful unveiling of the facts. Ultimately, I decided to go with the latter, mostly because I know I am no detective, especially not to match the likes of Poirot.

Hercule Poirot makes detective work look easy and relatively effortless. His friend M. Bouc reminds him of this: "Lie back and think -- use
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‘And now a passenger lies dead in his berth-stabbed.’

Hercule Poirot is a Belgian private detective, the central character in many of the famous Agatha Christie’s detective novels. In the 'Murder on The Orient Express', Poirot is on the Simplon Orient Express. The night is unnervingly quiet outside, but the train is unusually loud inside. Poirot is unable to sleep. He hears sounds from the compartment of a fellow traveller, Mr.Rachett; the sounds of running water, sounds of footsteps, someone was
Kate (GirlReading)
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-favourites
The biggest question I'm taking away from this is, why oh why had I not read an Agatha Christie book until now?! This was such a fun read. I absolutely loved the structure of the tree parts with the facts, evidence and conclusion. It made it so easy to follow and constantly kept you thinking and guessing. It also meant you got to meet and experience the interrogation of each character and suspect in depth. I loved all of the characters and the fact that I didn't predict the conclusion until much ...more
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteka
Sjajno, sjajno 😱 Nisam skoro ovako ucestvovala u radnji knjige. Bas mi je bilo zabavno. Jos kad sam skontala da sam pogodila 😊 Desetka za kraj 💜
Stephanie Anze
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
Hercule Poirot is supposed to be on holiday but he gets called to London and rides the Orient Express back. Unexpetedly, the train is stopped due to a snowfrift and matters take an interesting turn when Samuel Ratchett, an American millionaire, is found dead inside his locked cabin, stabbed multiple times. Poirot is asked with finding the culprit and with a standstill murder scene, the muderer must be one of the passengers.

Agatha Christie does it again! To call this novel good is not enough. Its
mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En esta emocionante historia nos volvemos a encontrar al detective Hércules Poirot, quien luego de un trabajo en Siria, intenta regresar a su hogar en Londres, viajando en un tren llamado “Simplon Orient Express”, sin saber que durante el trayecto ocurrirá un asesinato en el cual tendrá que poner a trabajar su “materia gris” nuevamente para hacerse con el culpable.

Si les gustan las novelas policiales, no pueden dejar de leer este libro.!!
Uno de los mejores de la autora, junto con “Diez negrito
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Less than 24 hours after reading my first Agatha Christie, "And Then There Were None", I delved into the book that a former student of mine told me was " the best mystery story of all time." Now why I might quibble with the last part of that statement, I certainly wouldn't argue that it's a darn good tale. A murder on a snowbound train and every character is a suspect and the action is full speed ahead- Fantastic!
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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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