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Murder On The Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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Jan. 10 2011 Hercule Poirot Mysteries
The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks…including Murder on the Orient Express, the most famous Hercule Poirot mystery, which has the brilliant detective hunting for a killer aboard one of the world’s most luxurious passenger trains.

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“What more…can a mystery addict desire?” (New York Times)

“[Moves] smoothly and entertainingly to its surprise conclusion.” (Chicago Daily Tribune)

“Nothing short of swell. [Christie] is probably the best suspicion scatterer and diverter in the business.” (New York Herald Tribune)

“Need it be said—the little grey cells solve once more the seemingly insoluble. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end.” (Times Literary Supplement (London))

“A brilliantly ingenious story.” (Dorothy L. Sayers, Daily Herald (UK))

“It’s tempting to say that Agatha Christie is a genius and let it go at that, but the world’s had plenty of geniuses. Agatha Christie is something special.” (Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author)

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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.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Orient Express April 12 2002
By Andrea
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The novel Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, is a riveting and impelling book which chronicles the adventures of a adroit detective traveling on an unusually crowded train, The Orient Express, at the time of a murder. When this detective, M. Hercule Poirot, takes on the investigation, he realizes immediately that the killer is a deceitfully clever and ruthless individual who leaves a trail of false clues designed to keep him off track. The suspects, a diverse, international collection of travelers, are marooned by a snowstorm, preventing the escape of the murderer. M. Poirot takes the passenger's testimony, examines evidence, and through flawless logic and ability, begins to unravel the crime. The story builds up slowly, gathering momentum as it approaches its startling, spellbinding conclusion.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still, and always will be, ingenious March 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ah, yes. The world famous case of the "Murder on the Orient Express" (MotOE). It is so famous, even people who have never read Christie know who did it. I first read it 12 years ago even though someone had already revealed to me the identity of the murderer. I've never forgiven him. But I read it anyway to find out for myself how Agatha Christie constructed the story in order to fool her readers.
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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clue overlooked by Poirot? July 2 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I will not discuss the book which is, in my opinion, one of Agatha's best. I would like to mention a clue that seems to be overlooked by Poirot. This message does not reveal who the murderer is, but you should not read it unless you already read Orient Express, because it might spoil you the fun.
The clue is about compartments in the railroad car. As you know, the murderer(s) wanted to book up all the compartments in the Istanbul - Calais car, but the compartment number 1 has been booked months before, by the company's director, Mr. Buck (Poirot ended in that compartment later). Now that implicates that the compartments were allocated sequentially. Mr. Rechet got the compartment number 2, his valet Mr. Masterman got the bed number 4 (the first available bed in the second class) while his secretary Mr. McQueen got the bed number 6 in the next second class compartment. All that implicates some kind of the plot, since the car was obviously empty (except for Mr. Buck) before Rechet and his escort booked their tickets, and then all the sudden the whole bunch came.
Let us proceed. In his statement Mr. McQueen states that the valet always traveled second class, but he (McQueen) usually traveled first class, so that his employer, Mr. Rechet could use McQueen's compartment to store his own luggage. But on this occasion all the first class compartments were booked, so McQueen had to travel second class. Now that is a highly suspicious statement - Rechet got number 2, and McQueen and Masterman got the first two class 2 compartments. It seems like first class compartments 3 (etc.) and the complete second class was empty when Mr. Rechet's ticket was bought and that McQueen did not want to be in the compartment number 3, next to Rechet's, for some reasons of his own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy story, classic
I don't generally read books of a Victorian era, they tend to be stuffy and uninteresting but this one was pretty good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cecily Bengert
4.0 out of 5 stars Betcha can't guess who dunnit
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant "locked room" classic!
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Published on Aug. 26 2007 by Paul Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring classic
Even people who have not read anything by the great Agatha Christie have probably heard of this book. Read more
Published on June 11 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading!
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 more
Published on June 13 2002 by Karen Sieradski
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
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 more
Published on June 3 2002 by Emmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie Breaks the Rules!
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 more
Published on May 19 2002 by Aurelas
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Orient Express
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 more
Published on April 1 2002 by Bigby
4.0 out of 5 stars HERCULES PEIROT ADVENTURE
The Orient Express is on its way back to Europe when it is stopped by huge snow drifts. A passenger is found murdered but Peirot is aboard and naturally takes control of... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2002 by G. Bowser
5.0 out of 5 stars Another feather in Poirot's hat
Poirot does it again. In this novel, Agatha Christie has out done herself tremendously. This novel is the definitive detective novel. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002 by azmi shahrin
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