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Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) – Agatha Christie


Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) – Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express (A Hercule Poirot Mystery)

Title: Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10)

Author: Agatha Christie

Release Date: March 29, 1934

Publisher: Harper

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 315

Source: Book Club Pick

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. One of his fellow passengers must be 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 . . .

4 out of 5 stars


This was a strange read because up until about 3/4 of the way through not much had happened, but I was still wanted to keep reading. I read this fairly quickly, and it was refreshing to read something of the mystery genre.

This book followed Hercule Poirot solving a murder case set in a train stuck in the snow. He was to interview all the passengers and solve the murder of Samuel Edward Ratchett. He was stabbed twelve times in the middle of the night, and there are quite a few suspects in the case. Most are linked together by one specific incident. Was this coincidence or on purpose? Follow M. Poirot in the solving of this murder mystery.

I’ve only read one other Agatha Christie novel, and the style was very similar, so I’m assuming that most of her books follow the same path. I don’t understand why people would blatantly lie to the investigators/police because it just makes EVERYTHING so much more complicated. I don’t understand why so many people would lie about their whereabouts when there is no purpose of lying.

I liked the last 1/4 of the book the best because you actually got some information. Poirot had the whole situation understood, and left the reader and all the other characters of the story completely clueless. It was fun to hear how the whole murder played out, because the way the story was written was very secretive. I enjoyed the fact that Poirot actually paid attention and looked into everything. I get that he’s a detective and all, but it’s cool.

Reading this made me want to read more of Christie’s works. I have really enjoyed reading this spooky book during this spooky season :) Can’t wait for my next mystery book!

Series:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)

Review: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) – Agatha Christie


The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4) – Agatha Christie

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Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)

Author: Agatha Christie

Release Date: February 1, 2011 (first published 1926)

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 286

Source: Book Club Pick

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The discovery of the body of Mr. Roger Ackroyd started it all. The police came in to investigate, and Ackroyd has a silver dagger sticking out of his neck. He was murdered in his home office. The major question, who would do such a thing to Mr. Ackroyd? Dr. Sheppard, the narrator of the book, is one of the men who goes into Ackroyd’s home office to investigate the corpse. He brought his friend, Hercule Poirot, to come and help him with the investigation. Poirot is a famous detective that is very good at what he does. Roger Ackroyd is loved by many, but strongly avoided by some. He lives in a nice home with many housemaids and butlers to wait on his every move, but all of the sudden he is murdered. Did one of the house maids or butlers have something against Mr. Ackroyd? Who killed the beloved man? What relations did Ackroyd have with people inside and outside of his home? Who is the murderer, and what was the motive of the murder?

It’s best to go into this book not knowing anything, so I’m going to leave it at that. There are wonderful clues and methods in this book, and I can understand why Agatha Christie is so well known. She has a beautiful writing style, and if you’ve never read one of her books, I highly suggest picking one up. I read this for book club, so I got to talk about the whole book with my friends. There are so many plot twists and so many moments where you think you know who killed Roger Ackroyd, but you end up being stumped. The beginning of this book is extremely slow, but oh man. The last couple chapters are totally worth it. Just read this book. Read it with a friend and discuss everything. Literally everything. It is so much fun to make theories and try and guess who-dunnit. I have found that I love Agatha Christie and plan on reading more of her books in the future.

Characters:

Dr. Sheppard is kind of the main character, but he’s more of just the narrator. Caroline is Dr. Sheppard’s sister, and she was my favorite character from this book. She reminded me of Nancy Drew because Poirot gave her this little mission-esque things to do to try and solve the murder. Poirot was pretty cool, he was kind of old but I kept thinking of him being late twenties. But dang, he’s a smart guy. Props to you, Poirot.

Who Would I Be?:

100% choosing Caroline. I loved reading the parts with Caroline in them; she was very skeptical of people and questioned everything. I love that she knew what was going on the entire time and didn’t just sit back and watch things unfold. It’s crazy that this book was written in the 20s and I still enjoyed it just like I would any other book. Timeless writing is a beautiful thing.

Series:

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10)

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