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Mr Ratchett, an unsavory looking man who obviously has some dark secrets in his past, approaches Poirot as the train leaves Istanbul with the offer of a very fat fee asking for his services to help protect his life from enemies he knows are out to kill him. Poirot, seeing this as a very uninteresting exercise from a cerebral point of view, politely declines. But when the train is stopped in its proverbial tracks by a huge snow storm and Ratchett is killed in his locked berth, stabbed no less than twelve times, Poirot is pressed into service to solve the case by his long time friend Bouc who is also a director of the corporation that owns the train.
Through the simple process of gathering clues by interviewing the thirteen suspects - a wildly disparate lot that in modern terms would almost certainly be referred to as a "motley crue" - Poirot employs "the little gray cells" and intuits a positively brilliant solution.Read more ›
Through an intriguing plot, an unusual setting, and realistic, detailed descriptions, the author makes this an appealing book to read. The plot is somewhat slow in unfolding, yet the emergence of unexpected evidence and revelations compel you to keep reading. In addition to the plot, the atypical setting of this book, depicted with detailed imagery, focuses your attention as you seek to uncover hidden clues. The characters are brought alive through detailed depiction of their appearance, personality, and manner of speech.
I would highly recommend this book to people who enjoy mysteries and crime stories that are not too scary or violent. M. Poirot is a intriguing main character who takes you through the evidence as if you were actually the detective trying to piece the puzzle together. Yet one can hardly predict the incredible and thrilling resolution to this mystery! Thus, for people who savor suspense and enjoy trying to put clues together to solve crimes, this is an exceptional book to read.
Christie was probably inspired by the true story of the 'Lindbergh baby' kidnapping. Charles Lindbergh (he who flew across the Atlantic alone) had an infant child who was kidnapped and murdered even after the ransom had been paid.
The background to MotOE is also similar to the Lindbergh case. The victim is revealed to have been involved in a kidnap-murder case a few years back and got away with it. Was he punished for his crimes at last? Was he murdered for something totally unrelated? Or was he a victim of mistaken identity?
The usual suspects remind one of the typical English drawing room murder mysteries: an English colonel, a Russian princess, a count, a beautiful mysterious woman...they are all here. And Hercule Poirot has to discover who the murderer is and why, all by using his "little grey cells, mon ami."
The revelation in the final pages will surprise the reader yet it will not strain belief too much. MotOE has been accused of being incredulous and downright silly but I disagree. Those who feel that way probably forgot that they are reading a fiction novel. I am sure one will find it a lot of fun if only to find out who from among the varied cast did it. You'll be gobsmacked, I assure you :)
The solution will also show the reader why MotOE is famous in its uniqueness and has never been copied (no writer dares to).Read more ›
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I really enjoyed this book - and never thought of this story being presented in this way. It was totally different but the complete story was interpreted and enjoyable.Published 21 months ago by Christine Bennett
I don't generally read books of a Victorian era, they tend to be stuffy and uninteresting but this one was pretty good. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2013 by Cecily Bengert
Obviously, since this was written by Christie, this is a really good murder mystery. A man is discovered stabbed to death on the Orient Express and it's up to Hurcule Poirot to... Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2013 by Rose
Even people who have not read anything by the great Agatha Christie have probably heard of this book. Read morePublished on June 11 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
David Suchet does a superb job with the narration and the various voices and accents. Even though I'm quite familiar with this story, listening to the Audio CD added a new... Read morePublished on June 13 2002 by Karen Sieradski
I thought this was a great book. It is the first Agatha Christie book that I have ever read, and now I want to read more of her stuff. I was totally shocked by the ending... Read morePublished on June 3 2002 by Emmy
In Murder on the Orient Express (or Murder on a Calais Coach, whichever you prefer), Agatha Christie once more succeeds in building an apparently inexplicible case and then blowing... Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by Aurelas
An elderly man is found stabbed to death on the luxurious Orient Express--and the murderer is still on the train. Luckily, the ingenious Hercule Poirot is also a passenger. Read morePublished on April 1 2002 by Bigby