Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express

quote by Agatha Christie detective Hercule PoirotThis month’s book review takes us into the adventures of Agatha Christie’s meticulous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

The Book at a Glance:

  • Title: Murder on the Orient Express
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • POV: 3rd Omniscent
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Theme(s): Truth vs Deception
  • Setting: Early 20th Century, on a train stranded in Yugoslavia
  • Single Word Descriptor: Intriguing

The Summary: A Detective on the Case

While returning to England by train from Syria, famed detective Hercule Poirot encounters a wealthy businessman who claims someone is threatening his life. Poirot refuses to take his case, and the following morning, the man is found stabbed to death in his locked and bolted private compartment.

On the snowbound train, no outside person could have entered or exited the car. The businessman, Mr. Ratchett, is not who he claimed to be, and the other passengers, all under suspicion, each have iron-clad alibis. And yet, the murderer is most assuredly among them.

My Favorite Part:

Poirot is outright savage. When Mr. Ratchett demands to know why he won’t work for him, the little Belgian replies, “I do not like your face.” He adopts different mannerisms with different suspects to lull them or prod them into incriminating themselves. In the end, when he uncovers the truth of the murder, he ensures that justice prevails.

I think that, in large part, is what makes this book such a success. The reader can walk away knowing that the world is at balance, even though terrible things have occurred.

My Least Favorite Part:

I really don’t have a least favorite part. The backstory that led to the crime is heart-wrenching, but that only makes the outcome all the better. This is Agatha Christie at her finest.

Rachel’s Take:

Amazing. I love everything about this book. Any and all murder mysteries after this point will have a lot of work to do to even come near Agatha Christie and this fantastic novel. I am excited to read more from this famous author.

Jill’s Take:

[forthcoming]

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