Famous French detective, Hercule Poirot is travelling aboard the Orient Express when it is stopped by a snowbank overnight. In the morning, the body of millionaire Samuel Ratchett is discovered in his room. The murderer must be one of the other passengers or crew still trapped on the train.
This is a classic locked-room murder mystery, where one of the group is a violent murderer, everyone is a suspect and no one can escape. Murder on the Orient Express was not the first novel of this genre, but it is considered among the best, for good reason.
Christie was a master of dropping in clues that aren't what they seem, or that appear to be unimportant except in retrospect, and then she delivers a surprise ending. The character of Poirot is charming and unassuming, giving all appearances of being somewhat naïve, until he solves the case and stuns everybody with his acumen (a device still in use by mystery writers).
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (MM) (Aug. 30 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780425200452
- ISBN-13: 978-0425200452
- ASIN: 0425200450
- Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 2.4 x 19.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Customer Reviews: 2,933 customer ratings
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- #15657 in British Detective Stories