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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (Jan. 10 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073495
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" might be the locked room mystery that holds down honours for being the novel in which Agatha Christie introduced Hercule Poirot to a grateful reading public. But it is "Murder on the Orient Express" that showcases a confident, polished Hercule at the height of his powers. Standing tall beside Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin, Poirot is arguably the most widely read and best known detective in literature and "Murder on the Orient Express" is certainly one of the finest examples of the mystery genre. In a brilliant variation of the typical British drawing room mystery, Christie places her cast of thirteen suspects together with the victim and Poirot on the Orient Express en route from Istanbul to Calais.

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.
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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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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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