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ISBN: 0062073494

ISBN13: 9780062073495

Murder on the Orient Express

(Book #10 in the Hercule Poirot Series)

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THE MOST WIDELY READ MYSTERY OF ALL TIME--NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY KENNETH BRANAGH AND PRODUCED BY RIDLEY SCOTT "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 Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers...

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6 ratings

The definitive Agatha Christie.

This is a interesting tale. It is very complex and somewhat complicated, but is resolved dully at the end. It is a good mystery, but it's also a great story, and worth the concentration.

A brilliant "locked room" classic!

"The Mysterious Affair at Styles" might be the locked room mystery that holds down honours for being the novel in which Agatha Christie introduced Hercule Poirot to a grateful reading public. But it is "Murder on the Orient Express" that showcases a confident, polished Hercule at the height of his powers. Standing tall beside Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin, Poirot is arguably the most widely read and best known detective in literature and "Murder on the Orient Express" is certainly one of the finest examples of the mystery genre. In a brilliant variation of the typical British drawing room mystery, Christie places her cast of thirteen suspects together with the victim and Poirot on the Orient Express en route from Istanbul to Calais. Mr Ratchett, an unsavory looking man who obviously has some dark secrets in his past, approaches Poirot as the train leaves Istanbul with the offer of a very fat fee asking for his services to help protect his life from enemies he knows are out to kill him. Poirot, seeing this as a very uninteresting exercise from a cerebral point of view, politely declines. But when the train is stopped in its proverbial tracks by a huge snow storm and Ratchett is killed in his locked berth, stabbed no less than twelve times, Poirot is pressed into service to solve the case by his long time friend Bouc who is also a director of the corporation that owns the train. Through the simple process gathering clues by interviewing the thirteen suspects - a wildly disparate lot that in modern terms would almost certainly be referred to as a "motley crue" - Poirot employs "the little gray cells" and intuits a positively brilliant solution. In that time honoured literary tradition of gathering all of the suspects into a single room, a somewhat less than humble Poirot puts on a flashy show of summarizing the case and revealing the identity of the perpetrator in a brilliant twist that only Poirot could fathom and only Dame Christie could create. There is nothing about "Murder on the Orient Express" that does not deserve high praise - dialogue; the hilarious mis-translation of idiomatic French into spoken English; the less than subtle but accurate use of class distinctions and behavioural stereotypes unique to different nationalities; characterization; colourful narrative description; plot; suspense; red herrings; and, of course, a brilliant solution that deftly ties up every conceivable loose thread. And all of that is in an all too short package that can be read in the brief space of three or four thoroughly enjoyable hours. Read and enjoy, pass the book onto your best friend but, for goodness sake, keep your lip zipped about that brilliant ending! Paul Weiss

Christie and Poirot at their best

Murder on the Orient Express is almost certainly the most famous Agatha Christie novel and may well be the best-known novel from the entire mystery genre. Despite the fact that I had been told the solution to the case many years ago, I decided to go ahead and finally read the book and am very glad that I did. The basic plot, for any who don't already know, involves a murder on board a train with a small, but colorful, group of passengers. It becomes apparent relatively quickly that no one could have possibly committed the murder but Poirot has no option except to exercise his little gray cells to their utmost in an effort to solve the case. The story moves along at a nice clip and the cast is varied and interesting. My favorite aspect of any Poirot novel tends to be the little Belgian himself and he is in fine form here. It is a tribute to Agatha Christie's writing that I could enjoy reading a mystery novel so much on my first read even knowing the murderer before starting. The book is an excellent choice whether you are an old Poirot fan who hasn't gotten around to it yet or a first-time Christie reader.

Murder on the Orient Express

Fourteen passengers and Hercule Poirot on a train, stuck in a blizzard in a mountain pass on the way from Cairo to Calais. Breathes there a crime fiction fan with soul so dead that she isn't familiar with this story? Still, they call them "classics" for a reason, and Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express was one on publication in 1934. It was at that time an entirely new take on the locked room mystery, and the little gray cells of the Belgian detective with the magnificent moustaches are put seriously to the test. Must reading for any fan of the genre, and made into an iconic film in 1974 starring a host of instantly recognizable faces, including Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, and Ingrid Bergman, who won an Oscar for her performance. The best adaptation of a Christie novel and I checked: It's out on DVD.

Summary of Asesinato en el Orient Express

Asesinato en el Orient Express is a very interesting book. The story begins on a train. The train is traveling for three day around Europe. The train is traveling during winter, so during the beginning the train suffers a little accident on the way. The train gets caught in snow. No one can get out of there so they have to stay there until they get rescued. During the night someone killed Mr. Ratchett, he was in cabin number two. During the morning detective Poirot was announced that Mr. Ratchett was killed while he was sleeping. Poirot searched in the cabin and found out that someone killed Mr. Ratchett with a dagger. He knew that since they were trapped, the killer was still around them. There were only three suspects. Mr. Masterman, Mrs. Ohlson, Princess Dragomiroff, and the manager. They were the only ones that were at the scene during night. Poirot found three clues. He found a dagger, a royal napkin, and some burned paper. He starts asking questions to his four suspects. I recommend this book to the people who love sunspence stories. When I first read this book, Poirot was always keeping me guessing who the culprit is. The one who killed Mr. Ratchett is the one you least suspect. You really have to read this book.

Uno de los mejores de Agatha Christie

Me he leído casi todos los libros que ha escrito Agatha Christie. Con el tiempo, he aprendido a predecir quién sería el asesino en casi todos sus libros. Sin embargo, este libro me ha sorprendido totalmente. Nuestro héroe, Hércules Poirot, está magnífico en este libro. Con su toque de soberbia y superioridad, nos demuestra también su lado humano. El desarrollo del argumento es magistral, con la sensación de claustrofobia, en un tren parado en el medio de la nada, aprisionado por la nieve. Ocurre un asesinato ya previsible. Pero, de ahí, adivinar el asesino... Es totalmente imprevisible. Las caracterizaciones de los personajes son maravillosas, como es característico en la dama del crimen.

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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • September 15, 2020

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Published by Ashly Moore Sheldon • July 31, 2020

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Published by Melina Lynne • August 24, 2015

Who doesn't like a little mystery in their life? We spend each day so lost in the routine of working, taking care of the kids, cooking, cleaning, etc. that it becomes hard to carve out a few moments during the day that we can make completely about ourselves. However, sometimes an opportunity to step into another world with a good (especially discounted!) book, and use those parts of our brain that we feel go dormant at times, is much needed. Who better to stimulate our thrill-seeking, mystery-solving, crime-fighting selves than one of the best-selling authors of all time, Agatha Christie.

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