Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

or, Murder in the Calais Coach

A Hercule Poirot Mystery #10
by Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Reprint, ©1934, ISBN: 9780062073501
Mass market paperback, 322 pages
Price: $8.99

Fifteen passengers on a snowed in compartment of the Orient Express. By morning one is dead, stabbed multiple times with a knife. No one could have come and gone, and all passengers are accounted for....

In one of Agatha Christie's most famous mysteries, a train car on the Orient Express contains fourteen strangers, the train doctor, and the illustrious Hercule Poirot, detective. Snowed-in overnight in the mountains of Yugoslavia, by morning the train car is quiet and serene in the fresh snow— and one of the passengers is dead. With nowhere to run, the murderer must be somewhere on the train. Though the thirteen remaining suspects may be strangers, Poirot begins to suspect that every single one of them had a reason to kill the victim.

It's best to go into this book knowing nothing about who did it. Half the fun of any Agatha Christie mystery is trying to cut through the red herrings to find the common thread that runs through the puzzle—and always being mystified and confused until the end. If it's too late and (through years of parodies and references) you already know who the murderer on the Orient Express is, you'll still enjoy the convoluted plot, fascinating characters, and complex motives woven together by the queen of crime.

Review by Lauren Shearer
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FLAWS: Murder, Language
Summary: An unpleasant passenger is found dead aboard the snowbound Orient Express, and thirteen fellow passengers are under suspicion of murder.

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