Review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: June 4th 2007 (originally published 1934)

Genre: Mystery, Crime

Pages: 274

“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 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 and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

So I ADORE Agatha Christie. For more than the past year, I have been reading her books slowly (but surely!!). Because I’m just pedantic about certain things, I’m reading her books in a certain order (except for And Then There Were None and Witness for the Prosecution because I wanted to read those before their TV adaptations!). I’m starting with Poirot and I’m reading them in order of publication date. And since Murder on the Orient Express‘s movie is coming out soon (Olivia Colman and Judi Dench??! YES PLEASE) I knew I needed to speed up to read this one. And I’m so happy I did – because it was BRILLIANT!

I love how she set up the book in its individual parts. I love how their was a chapter for each of the suspects and their “evidence”. I loved the atmospheric tension she built up throughout the entire novel and I love how unsuspecting I was of certain suspects and hella suspecting of others. But above all else – the ending killed me! Why? Because it was only THE BEST PLOT REVEAL I’ve ever read. And that’s a statement. I thought the ending of And Then There Were None was marvellous…but this, I’m going to have to admit, topped that for me. I never would have guessed the outcome. Even though she’s long and gone, I’m so proud of Christie for this novel. It blew me away and I couldn’t put it down.

For anyone who is looking to start getting into mystery fiction or Agatha Christie – I would completely recommend this fantastic thrilling ride. It will leave you on the edge of your seat until the last page is read.