Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Despite describing myself as an avid reader, I had never read any of Agatha Christie’s extensive series of books! So when I spotted a shiny new edition of one of her most iconic novels, I couldn’t resist picking one up. And this week I settled down to finally read the work of the queen of crime!

Murder On The Orient Express is a book that needs little introduction, and one that I imagine many of my fellow bloggers have read and enjoyed! But for me, aside from its setting I had no prior knowledge of the story and how it develops, so I was really interested to find out what happens. This is the tenth book in the Hercule Poirot series but as far as I am aware the books work well as standalone novels and I certainly didn’t feel I was missing out on any background information. In this story a murder takes place on board a train bound for London with the body of a passenger found in his compartment. And with the train caught in a snowdrift, there is seemingly no exit for his assailant. This leaves the reader with plenty of questions as to the identity of the culprit, and who amongst the many passengers may have something to hide. The first thing I noticed about the book, and something I enjoyed, was the structure. It is split into three parts in which we are presented with the facts surrounding the murder, the evidence that Poirot gathers from those onboard, followed by Poirot’s thoughts on the information he has gathered, as we await the verdict…

It didn’t take me long to get into this story and I found it fairly easy to read and keep up with the plot developments. There are lots of clues along the way for readers to pick up on but it is written in such a way that it keeps you guessing and it made me change my mind a few times. Its structure also allows for the reader to have a recap of the information gathered which is certainly helpful given the large number of suspects onboard. I found the plot engaging and enjoyed finding out more about the individual characters and how they relate to one and other and how they fit into this mysterious case. There is also reference to a previous crime and its potential link to those onboard which all adds to the intrigue and the complexity of events on that fateful night. At fewer than 300 pages, this isn’t a particularly long book but despite that there is a well paced and intricately woven plot which kept my interest until the eagerly awaited conclusion – which wasn’t what I expected.

I enjoyed reading Murder On The Orient Express, and can certainly see how Agatha Christie’s stories are still captivating readers eighty years after its original publication. I have another of Christie’s books on my shelves so may be reading another one very soon!

9 thoughts on “Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

  1. The trailer inspired me to pick the book up recently. My first Christie too! I’ve been sort of planning to read a classic crime book a month to contrast with the contemporary, but forgot until now!

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