Murder on the Orient Express

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Christie, Agatha

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Murder on the Orient Express
While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside. With no escape into the wintery landscape the killer must still be on board. Fortunately, the brilliant Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot is also on board, having booked the last available berth.

Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2006]
ISBN: 1579126235
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CHRISTIE
Characteristics: 266 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm


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One train. One murder. Many suspects.

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Nov 11, 2014
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a very clever plot, well thought out and—if you never watched the movie—with a startling end. I never thought I’d catch a mistake in a book written by Agatha Christie! Yet, I did catch two… The first one was in a dialogue between Hercule Poirot, Dr. Constantine, and Monsieur Bouc (which, by the way, means “goat” in French). Poirot was describing three possibilities that explained the crime. The last and third possibility was that evidence had been faked “for the same reason as above”… Obviously the word should have been “already mentioned” or something like that, never “above,” which does not accord with a dialogue. The second was the American characters using the word “frontier” instead of border. It was surprising that her editors never caught these two simple mistakes. (About the criticism on the snow stopping a train: the story was written in 1934, when there were no advanced machinery for snow removal as we now have and people didn’t have cell phones, so communication was not instantaneous. As Christie refers more than once throughout the book, there was heavy snowfall. It was not a snowbank, but snow that had heavily accumulated on the tracks, which in 1934 would have taken time to remove.)

Aug 13, 2014
  • Stephanie_Sibbald rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There is no doubt that Agatha Christie is the best murder mystery author ever.

Jul 14, 2014
  • Violet_Leopard_6 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an amazing book! It is my favorite book EVER!!! I would give it a 500%! Murder on the Orient Express is a Hercles Poirot murder mystery where none of the suspects could have committed the crime! It has you fooled until the end of the book, when Poirot reveals the real murderer. This is a great mystery to read anytime. People age 12 and up would probably enjoy this book the most. I hope you enjoy reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

Dec 23, 2013

@Vilet_Leopard_6.. thank you for the spoiler?

Jul 29, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Audacious, almost outlandish, this is, and will likely remain, one of the signature mysteries of all time, featuring one of the greatest literary detectives of all time, Hercule Poirot. I admit that I am more a fan of the David Suchet TV series than the books or other movie versions of Poirot, but the TV series made me a fan of all things Poirot, which leads back to the books and his creator, (the only true rival of Sherlock Holmes except of course for the immortal Poe creation of Chevalier Dupin (and Hammett's Sam Spade)). Be all that as it may, Christie executes her fantastic plot flawlessly and adds significantly to the Poirotiverse.

May 30, 2013

the ending isn't all that bad...
Even Sherlock Holmes ( Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective) did that sometimes.
letting a criminal go isn't always a bad thing. Like Holmes said sometimes a criminal will repent and not do bad things again
I don't understand why people just WANT the criminals to have a punishment..
most people feel its a GOOD way to end a book, but it gets boring after a while like "and they lived happily ever after".

Jan 15, 2013
  • tegan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Another book club read. This month we decided to read any Agatha Christie book we were interested in. I decided on the ever-popular Murder on the Orient Express. It was alright. I found that the story itself was not all that engaging because there were so many characters, none of whom were very well-developed. I also find it slightly annoying as a reader when I feel that there was no possible way for me to 'solve' the mystery before the end of the book. But, alas, it is good to have finally read a Christie book.

Jan 12, 2012

Interesting finish. Who would have thought, right?

Nov 01, 2011
  • wearenotamused rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Maybe one of the most lamest endings of a murder mystery ever. Still, colourful characters and mysterious setting.

Oct 25, 2011

Great book.

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May 16, 2010
  • lisahiggs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

From the cast of characters:

"Antonio Foscarelli: Information gushed out of this swarthy, menacing Italian like the blood from the victim.

Edward Henry Masterman: a spare, neat, noncommunicative valet who has the haughtily disapproving face of the well-trained English servant."


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