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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


Author: Agatha Christie
First published in 1934 by Collins Crime Club (UK version) 

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel 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 man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...


I will admit to having seen several versions of Murder on the Orient Express on TV, but have never read the book.  For the most part, the movies I have seen have gotten the facts correct and stayed fairly true to the book.  It is also one of my favorite of this author's tales.  I am a huge Poirot fan in general.  I prefer him to Miss Marple. 


This one is a hard one to review because I think I would give away too much.  And if you haven't read the book or seen the movies, giving away the twist would ruin everything.  Having said that, even though I knew the killer's identity, I did enjoy listening to the  audio book.  The narrator, Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame,  did a wonderful job with the voices and even managed to make his "Poirot" sound like David Suchet's TV version of the detective.   You really can't go wrong with anything by Ms. Christie, so I do recommend this one, especially if you haven't read it!


2 comments:

Librarian Lavender said...

I've been thinking about reading this book for ages, but I've never picked it up. It sounds really great though!

Librarian Lavender said...

I've been thinking about reading this book for ages, but I've never picked it up. It sounds really great though!