Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express is a book from the Hercule Poirot series and can be read as a standalone.

Agatha Christie is a name that rings out loud at the mention of the Mystery/crime genre, alongside one of her novels Murder on the Orient Express. I became interested in her work, and decided to pick up this particular novel, which happens to be a popular book in literature. The book did not disappoint.


A man has been murdered aboard the train the Orient Express, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Stuck in a snow storm, Hercule Poirot must identify the killer before the murderer decides to strike again.


The story or plot was well thought out and at the end every piece fit like a puzzle set. As I was reading it, I thought the multiple moving parts and complex story line might have been a little ambitious until I was closing in on the end of the novel and was pleasantly surprised. There have been multiple crime shows or stories I have seen try to emulate a particular element of the novel, but not as grand and as massive as this novel did.

Hercule Poirot is one of many famous literary detectives, and although he is not my favourite, his detective work I find is brilliant. I am also amused by his unique features and his personality. There are multiple characters and each of them were constructed meticulously without any string left hanging, each with their own story and significance to the narrative. there was no character that felt rushed or poorly constructed.

As much as the complex and extensive moving parts were one of my favourite aspects of the novel, it also frustrated and annoyed me some times. the documenting of time was a bit confusing at a particular point in the novel, that I nearly skipped it. I could see the writer tried to make it as accessible as possible, and other readers might not have a problem with it the same way I did.

What I loved above all about the book ; the character development. This was well executed and one of the many aspects of the novel that made it page turner and a good mystery novel. I enjoyed the originality of Murder on the Orient Express. I look forward to reading more Agatha Christie.

-Are you a fan of Agatha Christie’s? and have you read Murder on the Orient Express, did you enjoy it or where you underwhelmed, are there any of her books you enjoyed ?-

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