Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series)

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie
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Overview

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series) by Agatha Christie

"The murderer is with us–on the train now . . ."

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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073501
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series , #10
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 56,202
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 374 reviews.
Fabio-De-Sanchez More than 1 year ago
If your not looking for a book full of suspense and don't want to try to solve a crime as it unfolds beneath your nose than don't bother reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. This is a mystery crime book that had multiple suspects, maybe one or more murderers, and one victim. The lesson to learn from this story is that maybe the people you trust aren't that trustworthy or don't try to run away from your problems and face them. While Belgium detective Hercule Poirot is on his way to Paris in an express train an American passenger onboard is stabbed multiple times. Not until daybreak the next day is he found lying dead stiff on the floor of his room. With the window open to the cold white snow outside and the door locked and chained from the inside is when the exciting mystery begins to be told like a movie in your head. There are multiple clues that you might want to take note of so you can try solving this exciting mystery on your own. Every one of the thirteen passengers should be looked at as suspects so you can prepare matching the clues with each one. Herclule Poirot is the detective that the author puts in the story to feed you the clues on the crime and help you solve the mystery. Mr. Rachet (fake name) is the poor guy that gets killed. Later you find out his real name. He is the character that makes the story possible but isn't much in keeping the story stay alive and exciting. Agatha Christie doesn't use any special types of writing styles. She just starts at a begging and adds events and clues throughout the book in real time story telling. I'm not saying its bad because its not. Christie has a natural story telling way of writing. The story is smooth and flows with greater excitement from time to time. For example: every time detective Poirot is questioning someone, somehow Christie makes it exciting to now what the other characters involvement in this crime were. I can't explain exactly what she does, just that is written well. She does a great job on making you suspect some people and not expect others at all. Every character has an interesting personality that is to be paid close attention to. This mysterious crime story is written in a first person view of Hercule Poirot. It was the best choice for Agatha Christie to make for the point of view for this story because the information we gather is only limited to the knowledge of the detective Hercule Poirot. I never thought of reading a mystery book before but now because of Christie I think I am going to get into them. I usually read science fiction novels like Enders Game and The Andromeda Strain, which are some of my favorite books. I would have to say that Agatha Christie did exceptionally well on this book with the storyline and extremely different personalities for each individual person on the train. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery books and is looking for an exciting suspenseful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a sixth grader and this is my first agatha cristie, and irt is amazing! I am still reading it but i love it. The only thing that was difficult was the french, but i guess that's becausei don't really know any other languages exept english. But if you like crime/murder mysteries, Agatha Cristie is your writer for sure. I hope you enjoy "Murder on the Orient express" -A number one fan!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The info for this book is wrong. This book is a poirot novel. He has just finishd a case and is on a train when someone winds up dead.... stabed in the back.. not once... not three times... But 12 times. The suspect list is as long as long as the train itself and poirot is going to have to use the little grey cells to solve this mystery
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being french, and this book has many french related part (i may exagerate), this is one of my favorite books. The twist is so suspenseful and intriguing it kept me up all night! I was not once disappointed, and I really love The queen of mystery's works. For some reason, I really liked most of the characters, and I felt pity and sadness for the killer or killers. Read this, and you will be amazed! You can also watch the 1974 movie, and I still watch it over and over. I hope you'll read this book, and don't pay attention to bad ratings! (\_/) (• •) (^^)o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! This is an awesome book for those who enjoy myserties and for those who don't. With great characters and awesome plot twists, this book is great for in the classroom, home ,or where ever. I difinentally recomend this book for ages 12 and up because it might difficult for someone younger to understand. But you should totally read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You commenters don't need to spoil the whole book! It's called "Murder on the Orient Express", and I think anyone willing to read this can figure out what that means! Oh, and by the way it really was a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is an thriller that you cant stop reading love it best book ever
Krod More than 1 year ago
This book is such a great book! It has such an unexpected ending. It is just fantastic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hercule Poirot, a distinguished European lead detective, inadvertently finds himself on a train where a diabolical event is about to occur. The only problem is that Poirot is the only person on the train who seems to notice that something horrific has happened. In Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, a rich American man on his way to Paris is found dead from multiple stab wounds. Minutes after the murder took place, the passengers on the coach, who all have a secret about the murder, are wondering who has done it. Along with M. Bouc, his trusted friend from Europe, Poirot begins to interview his fellow passengers. Will Poirot be able to solve the most intense case of his career, or will he have to give up and let the dreadful murderer get away? Murder on the Orient Express is an excellent murder mystery. I was continuously intrigued by the complex plot. Christie makes the reader dwell over the book, through clues and quotes, all provided by the different vivid and interesting characters. For example, while Poirot was interviewing Miss Debenham, a neatly-dressed and composed English governess, she told Poirot that she had seen someone in a scarlet kimono embroidered with dragons, on the night of the murder. This left me wondering whether the murderer was a man or a woman. This book really did not compare to any other book that I have read in this genre, such as Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie, because it was so much more compelling from the start. Within the first few chapters the murder occurs, and for the rest of the book I was trying to figure out who the killer was. Another reason why I liked Murder on the Orient Express was because the author made me feel like I was in the book, and like I was Poirot. Because the book is written from his perspective, I was picking up different clues and pieces of the mystery along the way just as he was, and in the end they all came together. I recommend this book to anyone who likes murder mysteries and who is looking for a complex, but fast and exhilarating read. So go out and get one of the best murder mysteries of all time written by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie truly was the Queen of Mystery. Every time I read her stories is wonderful, the twists and turns. Always loved this as one of tge best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read this for the first time. I understand why it is considered a classic.
MysteryChristieluv More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Never get bored of reading this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get this is a classic, that's why I bought it, plus I liked the movie and the book is usually better than the movie, right?. Agatha Christie, what an icon! After wading through this redundant dragging story (I thought I owed that much to ol' Agatha!!) I felt like I'd climbed a mountain. Are all the rest of her mystery's like this? I'll never know because I can't face another torturous session like this..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sooooo awesome! Anyone who says it is boring is just plain dumb, or jealous because they could never write anything half as good as this anyway! I LOVE AGATHA!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could you imagine the sheer terror in being stuck on a train with a murderer on board? This is what happened to detective Hercule Poirot in the book Murder on the Orient Express. With Mr. Ratchett found dead in his compartment, Hercule has the task of finding out which of the twelve passengers killed him. Each page will keep you guessing as Hercule listens to the alibis and goes over the evidence. With the help of Dr. Constantine and his friend, Mr. Bouc, Hercule must find the murderer before he, or she, strikes again. I thought that this was a very good book because the story was filled with mystery as well as suspense. It was riveting and kept my interest until the very end. This is one of my favorite books. Anyone who enjoys reading a good mystery will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Murder On The Orient Express' is a great book. You're so surprised at who the real killer is. You love this book!
MisTBlu 6 months ago
It was a surprise to find that the screenwriter for the 1974 film created a masterpiece from a so-so source. He punched up dialogue and created real drama along with charm and humor that was missing from the book. Having a cast of A-List actors playing the parts didn't hurt either. Other Christie books that I've read didn't seem as clunky as this one did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First mystery I have read in a long time which I did not figure out who the killer was
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
I am not usually a really big mystery fan, because I always seem to figure out the mystery before it is revealed. I must say that for this mystery, I didn't quite solve it...but I came very close to figuring this one out. The set up was a tad slow, but after the mysterious murder takes place, and the investigation ensues the plot and the characters took me on a puzzling and enjoyable ride (er...umm... stalled ride on the Orient Express). The ending however, is where this tale dropped a few more points. Still, is was a pretty good read. Note: As usual, the movie didn't hold a candle to the book, which was a huge disappointment. I must say, though, that the ending of the movie tied things together more than what the book did. (So maybe save your money on watching the movie until it comes out for rental.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy fun interesting read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read. Fun to guess at the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alright...
Twink More than 1 year ago
I read Agatha Christie's iconic 1934 mystery, Murder on the Orient Express, many, many years ago. (And to be honest - I had forgotten the 'whodunit'.) Well, Twentieth Century Fox has just released a new (star studded) version of Murder on the Orient Express. It's one I would like to see at the theatre, but I wanted to read the book again beforehand. My favourite genre is mysteries and this one is a classic 'locked room' mystery. Twelve people are traveling on the Orient Express train. Our protagonist, the great Detective Hercule Poirot is one of them. When the train is stopped dead on the tracks in the middle of nowhere by a snowstorm and a murdered traveler is found in one of the cabins, Poirot's deductive skills are called upon. "The murderer is with us - on the train now..." And it is those deductive skills that make Christie's works such a joy to read. While current day crime novels can draw upon technology and forensic tools, Poirot relies upon his 'little gray cells'. He solves crimes through interviews, questions, deductions and his own innate cleverness. It's great fun to see if you can remember what each of the twelve has claimed - and to try and find the cracks in each one's proclamations along with Hercule. But they are subtle and so cleverly inserted. The joy in reading Murder on the Orient express is in the journey to the final answer. On reaching the final whodunit, I am now very curious as to how the movie will play out. Christie's ending leaves some wiggle room.