Book Review : Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Simon Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead manโ€™s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

The whole story happened in just two days. The night of the murder (and the introduction of the characters during the day time prior to the murder) and the investigation that took place the next day.

With just a handful of people on the train, 12 passengers plus the staff, the owner, the doctor and the detective – Hercule Poirot and with very limited space as the whole scene happened inside the train, one might think that it will be very easy to catch the murderer.

Each chapter was dedicated only to one person’s investigation. So I felt that there you go, the information is being laid down in front of me, all I have to do was to read it chapter by chapter. However, as the last person was investigated, it seemed like no one was guilty after all and that’s where the confusion started.

In the end, all the passengers were actually involved in the murder except that I didn’t figure out who exactly among them killed the victim.

What I liked About this Book
  • The setting. The Orient Express ran from Syria, to Istanbul to Europe and I was imagining how it was back then while reading the first parts of the novel. I like stories that tell me how it was in the past as I find the past very interesting when technology hasn’t taken over the world yet.
  • The way the author has written the book. It seemed so clear to me and does not have so many extra side stories, no backtracking of someone’s memoriesย  and it’s not like the usual mystery thriller novels where there are so many chapters and side stories (that’s why I’m not a big fan of this genre).

But the thing is, it seemed so organized for a mystery thriller. And I find it a little weird. But maybe this is just me…

Side Story
  • I have been seeing Agatha Christie’s name everywhere so I thought I have to read at least one of her books. I felt weird not knowing her.
  • I randomly picked this book among the so many other Agatha Christie books on the bookstore just because I liked the title (lame, I know).
  • I’m not too sure if I liked the book or not. It was a good read but maybe because I’m not a big fan of mystery thrillers so the feeling is mixed.
  • This book is a proof that less is more. It doesn’t have to be a very thick book to be a good mystery thriller novel.

So, would I recommend this book? Yes, for those who love mystery thrillers.

21 responses to “Book Review : Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie”

  1. Omg gusto ko to ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. Hahaha ayan ipagpalit ang dress ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ bili na

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      1. Hahahaha! Tignan ko baka meron sa book groups

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  2. I like mysteries a lot so this one is a classic for me. I agree that less is definitely more ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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    1. Thanks Kasia, the book is really good but I am just not a fan of mysteries so not sure if I’m gonna buy her books again

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  3. Natatakot ako sa cover! Hahaha

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  4. Gusto ko yan parang How To Get Away With Murder ganyan. Parang lahat sila gulity tapos mababaliw ka kung sino talaga gumawa๐Ÿ™ƒ

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    1. Masakit sa bangs, ayaw ko ng mga ganyang libro hehe

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      1. Akin na lang hahahhaahha!


  5. Matry nga itong basahin hahahah

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  6. ayyyy i lab mystery thrillers! lol . but true! good point on the less is more insight. this is true for AC’s books. nakabili yung mom ko ng marami sa thrift store, maliliit lang. magaan sa bag! haha.

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    1. Nung makita ko nga yung mga books, parang gusto ko mamakyaw kasi maliliit kaso nga, hay, iba ang trip kong basahin eh


  7. I’m reading this book right now and wanted to see if other people liked it. I’m glad I came across your review!

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    1. Thanks for passing by!


  8. I love Hercule Poirot. Use your little grey sells, mon amie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Enjoy reading Hercule Poirot my dear


  9. I wasnโ€™t impressed with this book, I found it a hard read but persevered with it just wish I hadnโ€™t wasted my time lol

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


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