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Murder On The Orient Express: A Hercule Piorot Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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March 14 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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"The murderer is with us–on the train now . . ."

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 Easy story, classic Nov. 8 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't generally read books of a Victorian era, they tend to be stuffy and uninteresting but this one was pretty good. Overall, I found it an easy read, nothing too stodgy and the characters were interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Betcha can't guess who dunnit Sept. 25 2013
By Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 figure our who the murder is. There really isn't much more I can say about the story itself without giving anything away other than I really enjoyed the ending. Who the murderer was surprised me, although having been written by Christie, that was expected. This is my third of her novels and I haven't been close at guessing any of the murderers.

The only thing I have found in her novels that I don't care for is meeting so many characters all at once. You really need a notebook to keep track of them, or at least I do. It can be confusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant "locked room" classic! Aug. 26 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars An enduring classic June 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Even people who have not read anything by the great Agatha Christie have probably heard of this book. It is perhaps her most well-known work and has, of course, been made into an Academy Award winning film starring Albert Finney as Poirot. Murder on the Orient expressed has achieved worldwide renown because, simply, it is one of the greatest mysteries written by the greatest mystery writer of all time. It is extremely well-plotted and sharply written. Out of all Christie's books, this one contains the best cast of characters/suspects.The ending is a surprise (even though some other reviewers gave away the solution!) and very satisfying. This is a must-read for all mystery fans.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible! May 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read this book, and found it boring, and unentertaining. The mystery elements involved are nothing new, and the ending is lame. If I could give this less stars, I would. Perhaps if there had been a plot twist, or maybe an exciting scene, or a further explanation of the murderer (the solution(s) still dont seem to explain all). I hated this book, and would not reccomend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading! June 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 dimension to the mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! June 4 2002
By Emmy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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...never saw that one coming....its a must read for any mystery novel fan!! I loved this book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie Breaks the Rules! May 20 2002
By Aurelas
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 all your theories to pieces with a simple explanation that you never would have suspected. In fact, in this book, Agatha Christie breaks one of the most obvious rules of murder mysteries. What rule is this? If I tell you, it will give away the ending. If you like this book, try reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and And Then There Were None. And if you liked those books, you'll surely enjoy Murder on the Orient Express.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Orient Express
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... Read more
Published on April 12 2002 by Andrea
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but still, and always will be, ingenious
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. Read more
Published on March 11 2002 by K. H. ZAINAL
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. 27 2002 by azmi shahrin
4.0 out of 5 stars He's clever, that Belgian
Very enjoyable, totally impossible whodunnit with a rather unlikely ending. But that does not matter. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2002 by "moosifier"
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