Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Review - Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery


Agatha Christie

Category: Fiction: Classic: Mystery

Synopsis: Twelve people are on a train when an old man turns up dead; it’s up to Hercule Poirot to find the murderer, who is presumably still on the train.

Date finished: 21 August 2013

Rating: ****½ 

You know how when you discover something that’s been around for decades, you still kind of feel like you’ve discovered it? Like no one else could possibly know what you know now? Well friends, I discovered Agatha Christie last month.

I had this hunch that although I don’t care much for fiction, I’d like a good mystery. So I got all adventurous and bought a copy of Murder on the Orient Express, then saved it for a “special reading occasion,” which turned out to be the Bout of Books read-a-thon. I wanted to be able to read it in one or two sittings, not in a week’s worth.

Was I disappointed? Not at all.

Was it exactly what I expected? Yes, it was. Oddly.

Did I guess whodunit? No, I didn’t. I kept ping-ponging between this character and that one. And I wasn’t entirely sure if Christie gives you all of the clues or if she keeps some for only Poirot to find. Having read only one of her books, I don’t know for sure, but this book did have some for-Poirot-only clues. Which does and doesn’t bother me.

I hesitate writing too much about it since that would dispel with the mystery. AND since, I’m one of the last readers on earth to read it. (The book’s bio says Christie’s books are more widely sold than any books on earth except for the Bible and Shakespeare.)

So, all in all, this was a nice jaunt into the land of fiction, and I am excited to read more of Christie’s work.

Would you recommend this to a friend?
In a heartbeat.

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