Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie5 stars to Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express. I chose to read this Christie spectacular after finishing And There Were None. Shes such a treasure - never disappoints.
A train. A murder. Multiple suspects. Nearly an alibi for everyone. But wait, theres a motive for everyone. How did this seemingly impossible murder occur? Hercule Poirot knows.
Well, Im glad he did because I was stumped! But with good reason as this plot twist will have your knickers locked down (and not just in a bunch!).
The plot is just too delicious. The characters are just fascinating. No modern day electronics. No ability to research anything other than by asking questions. And Christie wrote this nearly 100 years ago. Thats why its a 5 for me -- its pure good storytelling without anything in the way.
Murder on the Orient Express
The elegant train of the s, the Orient Express, is stopped by heavy snowfall, with many passengers. A murder is discovered, and Poirot's trip home to London from the Middle East is interrupted to solve the murder. There he receives a telegram prompting him to return to London. He instructs the concierge to book a first-class compartment on the Simplon -route Orient Express service, leaving that night. Although the train is fully booked, Poirot obtains a second-class berth, but only with the intervention of a friend and fellow Belgian who is also boarding the train, Monsieur Bouc, a director of the railway, Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Aboard the train, a malevolent, elderly American, Samuel Ratchett, attempts to hire Poirot because he believes his life is threatened, but Poirot refuses out of distaste for the man. In Belgrade , on the second night of the journey, two extra coaches are added to the train and Bouc gives up his first-class compartment to Poirot and moves to a different coach himself.
The U. Hercule Poirot is traveling when he is suddenly called back to London. He travels back with a friend, a director of the Wagon Lit. Company, to Calais. During the first night of the trip, the train is forced to stop due to a snow drift that has partially obstructed the tracks.
From the SparkNotes Blog
Our protagonist and hero, as it were, is Hercule Poirot, a very talented detective and Belgian police officer who has already retired. We meet him as he is taking the Taurus Express which is going to travel to Stamboul now Istanbul. Poirot takes particular notice of two other people on the train. Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot act as if they are strangers, but Poirot can discern that they display behaviors which suggest that they are not. He becomes suspicious of them. After the train arrives in Stamboul, Poirot checks into the Tokatlian Hotel where he immediately receives a telegram asking him to return to London.
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer — in case he or she decides to strike again. The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances. It's an intricate mystery revolving around a group of characters cut off from the world where Poirot exhibits not only the power of his little grey cells but his concern and compassion for humanity. As for the setting, Christie had long professed a love of the Orient Express, finally achieving her dream of travelling on it in with her first solo trip abroad.