Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie @HarperCollinsUK


Author : Agatha Christie
Title : Murder on the Orient Express
Series : Hercule Poirot #10
Pages : 240
Publisher : Harper Collins
Publication date : October 19, 2017 (first published in 1934)


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 is the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.


Confession time. Deep breath. This is the very first time I’ve picked up a book by Agatha Christie. I know, as a crime fiction lover it’s an utter disgrace. And if it hadn’t been for the movie, it may still not have happened. Anyway, I have now corrected the error of my ways and I dare say this will not be the last Christie book I read.

We find ourselves on board the Orient Express when the train is forced to stop due to a snowdrift. When morning comes, one of the passengers is dead. Since nobody has boarded or left the train, the murderer is clearly still among the other passengers and it’s up to Hercule Poirot to figure out who the culprit is.

I thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace. While I do like my crime fiction a bit gruesome and full of gore sometimes, it’s nice to read something where the focus isn’t on the icky details but more on the investigation and interviews with potential suspects. And there are a lot of them here. Poirot obviously doesn’t have access to any nifty gadgets, google or databases but relies purely on his wit and powers of deduction.

It’s easy to see why Agatha Christie was, and still is, so popular. Or even why Hercule Poirot is the second most famous detective in the world. It seems to me that Christie was an excellent observer, based on the incredibly realistic and eccentric characters. This was a solid plot that had me guessing until the end. I couldn’t figure out at all whodunnit, nor even howdunnit. That’s totally a word, by the way. 😉

A short and quick read, this fabulous new edition of Murder on the Orient Express now stands proudly on my bookshelf and I know more will follow. I’m glad I finally got around to reading something by her.

Murder on the Orient Express was first published in 1934 and is available in various formats with various covers.

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23 thoughts on “Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie @HarperCollinsUK

  1. I’m the exact same (hides behind hands), and having just seen ‘And Then there were none’ recently, it’s something I have to correct int he new year. Sounds and looks amazing, do you know if there were any changes to the original? Great review, the only thing is, sort of a disappointing cover? Might be just me, but it just looks a bit … I don’t know amateurish or something!

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    1. I actually love the cover. I don’t think the picture does it justice.

      I don’t think there are any changes from the original. There seem to be a lot of her books with different covers about but I don’t think they change anything about the actual story. But then, since I’ve not read any before, I may be the wrong person to ask 😄


  2. As a huge Christie fan, I’m always delighted to hear of someone enjoying their first experience of her work. In truth, although I think Murder on the Orient Express is very good, it wouldn’t even get into my top five, so you have some great reads ahead of you. Death on the Nile for Poirot, and Murder at the Vicarage for Miss Marple would be my recommendations… 😀

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      1. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd would be my pick – so clever. Or if you fancy some more ‘closed’ type scenarios then Death on the Nile and Death in the Clouds (river boat and airplane respectively). I’ve just read the book as well, I think for the first time, although I know the original film adaptation starring Albert Finney well. That version is very close to the book with a lot of the same dialogue and just a few name changes. I’m off to see the new version soon.

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        1. Those 3 are awesome, Roger Ackroyd is one of my favorites because of the awesome ending , and Nile is great (they’re going to do a movie too!). Death in the clouds was good, really liked the conclusion as well. Other faves are And there were none, The mirror cracked 🙂

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  3. Welcome to the world of Agatha Christie! This is one of my favourite Poirot novels and this lovely vintage-style edition is available in our Christmas special book boxes. I’m with FictionFan on their Miss Marple rec, Murder at the Vicarage was my first Agatha Christie read and remains my favourite x

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  4. I think I read my fill of Christie when I was 15 😀 and then all the TV shows came along with Poirot. yeah, I am so done with them, I overloaded myself… BUT- I want to see the new movie! 😉


  5. I haven’t read any of these books either. But I’m pretty sure I would enjoy them all. Imagine being on a train knowing there is a murderer on board! Being on the lovely Orient express would make the story give you all the feels of being on this great train, despite your lives being at risk!! ! 😲

    I hope you enjoy more Agatha books.


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