Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Published by Harper Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins
From the publisher:
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 must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.
Murder on the Orient Express is one of Christie’s most famous books, and for good reason. By placing the murder on a train stuck in a snow bank miles away from anything, Christie freshened up her manor house murder scenario, while still maintaining the ‘it must have been someone here!’ vibe for which she is so famous.
In the midst of a number of Agatha Christie books were I easily solved the murders, Murder on the Orient Express was a refreshing change of pace. This is on par with And Then There Were None for pure brilliance as far as suspect and method of murder, and I’m not sure if I could have ever guessed the culprit, as I have in so many of her books recently.
Poirot isn’t typically my favorite Christie protagonist, but Murder on the Orient Express is well worth reading.
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