Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

Large Print - 2011
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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"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, [2011]
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780062081537
0062081535
Branch Call Number: CHR
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 23 cm.

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Ponto1
Nov 09, 2017

With the recent release of the movie, I felt the timing was right to indulge in my first Agatha Christie novel. What a great little read this was - timeless in its appeal and just as satisfying as I'm sure it was in the time it was written. I enjoyed how Poirot's analytical mind worked and it was fun unravelling the mystery alongside him. Highly recommended for a cosy read.

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darladoodles
Nov 08, 2017

Cannot explain why it took me so long to actually read this book. What a treasure! Christie tells the story in such a masterful way that we are on the edge of our seats despite the fact that for most of the novel all of the characters are stuck in a snowdrift on a train. Amazing!

PinesandPrejudice Oct 08, 2017

I loved rereading this novel. I enjoyed the little quips and sarcasm and smarts. I knew was the mystery was and what the solution was. But I still enjoyed the ride. I also think the best part was listening to it with my boyfriend on a road trip and watching his reactions. Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery for a reason.

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
With such a large cast of characters, it's hard to get a good sense of each of them as an individual, and of course Christie had some racial/ethnic stereotypes of the day that meant something to the contemporary reader that don't mean the same thing to me.
The plot was purely intellectual. New things didn't happen, they just came out as things that had happened in the past. Yet, despite being restrained to a single setting and largely to dialogue, I was enraptured. I devoured this book.

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horthhill
Jul 26, 2017

"Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie is a just-plain-good mystery with a totally 'out there' and outrageous plot. It really shouldn't work...more surreal than real...but it does. Poirot uses his little grey cells to great effect to solve a puzzle where a nefarious victim is murdered in his bed while the train he is on is stranded by snow and the dozen or so suspects aren't who they seem to be.

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JLHCKY
Jul 15, 2017

Several times made into a movie. Christie's great Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, pulls it out of the fire again as only he can. The luxury train gets stuck in the Balkans in a terrible snow storm, thus ensuring her usual premise - the murderer has to be present (in this case on the train). Even though you might know the solution, from a previous read or from one of the movie adaptations, still worth another read to watch Agatha Christie craft one of the greatest detective mysteries of all time. Get set for a lot of misdirection!

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Tabaqui
Apr 08, 2017

A good mystery is a rare and wonderful thing. This book CERTAINLY fits in that category. I couldn't put it down! The storyline was very intriguing, and the solution was a perfect fit, when you looked back at the clues. Agatha Christie may be one of the only authors whose detectives don't resemble Sherlock Holmes. Amazing book!

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swheeler89
Mar 22, 2017

Wonderful plot - quick read. Only complaint is that the readers did not have enough clues to get to the explanation.

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DorisWaggoner
Jan 26, 2016

One of Christie's most famous mysteries, this is clever and complicated. I too found several examples of sloppy editing, not surprising given how quickly she churned her books out during the 1930s. I first read it years ago, and remembered who did it. That made it rather fun to see how Poirot got to his conclusion. I had, interestingly, forgotten the actual ending of the story. With so many characters, most are lightly sketched, but I was able to tell them apart; that's all the story requires. I prefer Miss Marple, but if I run across another Poirot, I'll probably read it.

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TanayGenius
Jul 14, 2015

Agatha Christie does it again with a great murder solved cautiously and carefully by none other than Hercule Poirot. A great book for anyone looking to read a cleverly planned murder solved by one of mysteries' greatest detectives.

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lisahiggs
May 16, 2010

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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