Saturday, November 6

Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Title: Murder of the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Author: Agatha Christie

Pages: 347 (E-Book Version)

Summary: Agatha Christie's most famous murder mystery, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. 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.

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I really enjoyed this mystery, I actually found myself trying to piece together the mystery and solve it, and although I guessed whodunit, half way through the book, it was still a fun read and one of my favourite Christie mysteries to date.

The characters weren’t really that special to me, that was one issue I did have with the book, no one realty stood out for me. Although I did enjoy Hercule Poriot’s character, he can be bit of a snobby-arrogant arse at times, but I think that’s what makes him a bit unique, is that he isn’t the typical detective out, a bit different. Maybe even a character you love to hate
The plot of the book - the murder mystery - and how it all connected really had my interest until the end. Christie really knew how to set up a good mystery, layout the clues and small red herrings to fool the reader, and encourage them to keep reading until the murderer is revealed in the end. And I did just that. I was itching to find out who the murder was and how the murder all played out, what were the circumstances of it, how they did it and why. Christie does a great job at engaging the reader into her mysteries, which makes the book that more interesting, because I find that a lot of the murder mysteries have the same formula, so you can easily get bored with it, with Christie, and especially with this book, the reader becomes part of the mystery solving, as they piece out the clues with Poirot. Good read overall.

Would I recommend it to read: I’d definitely read recommend this Christie book. It’s my third book by the author, and it is by far my favourite. This book has revived my interest in the author’s other works. If you haven’t read anything by the author yet, I’d say start here.

What to read next: I’d say more Poirot Mysteries. I’ve only read one Miss Marple book, but I wasn’t that impressed with her, so I’d say Poirot for now.

Challenges: Read ‘n’ Review, Pages Read, 10/10 Challenge, 100+ Challenge, E-Book Challenge, The Marple-Porirot-Holmes Challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge


  1. I just read this earlier this fall and enjoyed it, though I didn't like Poirot's stereotypical qualities.

  2. One of the reasons that I read so few mysteries is because I always figure out who the killer is about halfway through. I can never just settle down and leave it to be solved. My mind is always working overtime picking up and arranging clues. I like to discover good and complicated mysteries through other people's reactions to them, as the ones I pick never seem to satisfy me. That being said, I might have to try this book. If it has enough red herrings in it, it might just keep me guessing! Thanks for the great review on this one, Jules!

  3. I love this book when I read it as a teenager. I think I may need to pick it up again as I've forgotten the storyline. Glad you liked it.