Pages: 274 Price: £8.00 Published: 1934 by Harper Collins
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Detective, Classic
“Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. A passenger lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the prime suspects from a scornful and impatient array of foreign passengers before the murderer decides to strike again”
I will go as far to say this is probably my favourite book of all time.
This book is so far ahead of its time, Agatha Christie was so far ahead of her time. The book is one of her Hercule Poirot novels. Hercule Poirot is her “retired” Belgian detective with the iconic moustache, I say “retired” because he claims he is, however cases keep finding him. A perfect leading character working his little grey cells quicker than anyone else concluding every case ever brought upon him magnificently.
Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express heading to London with a variety of other passengers, a Count and Countess, An American, A Colonel and many others. In the early hours of one morning a male passenger by the name of Mr Ratchett, who has previously offered Poirot money for protection as he feared for his own life, is killed inside his own compartment with the door locked from the inside. Poirot goes round interviewing all the passengers as the killer must still be on the train due to the snow drift they’re stuck in. A basic premise but exceptionally pulled off.
The books chapters mainly consist of the interviews which is actually fascinating and so well written. Every passenger has secrets to hide and a perfect alibi. The book hooked me in by how the mystery kept thickening, a man in a conductors uniform who could not be identified, a mysterious woman in a red kimono walking the train at the time of the crime and a burnt letter by the bed of the deceased.
I cannot say too much about the book without giving away major plot points and the ending however true crime fans will love this book like I have. With major plot twists towards the end who wouldn’t could resist such a good book?
Would I read it again? Certainly
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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