Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series)

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie
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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: 946
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


Home schooling

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Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 355 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
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.
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!
Anonymous 14 days ago
This is my first Agatha Christie book and I just couldnt get into it.....For me, the style is hard to follow and I couldnt connect with the characters.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Having seen the entire Hercules Poirot series several times I thought it was time to read the book and I am not disappointed. My personal experience with trains is rather less glamorous than the style, intrigue and characters that you meet while reading this with a magnificent plot to match.
ryanphoffmann88 5 months ago
This is my second Agatha Christie novel that I have read next to her novel, The A.B.C Murders. this one is well know on print and film, so I thought I would read it. surprisingly, I found myself enjoying even minute of what is describes as one of Christie's famous work. Her Detective, Hercule Poirot, is a great example of a sleuth form that time period and would work even today, he asks questions, gathers evidence, analyzes the crime scene, and then interviews the witness, suspects. then after he has done that his "little gray cells" come up with theory after theory until he figures out the "awnser that leads to all the puzzle pieces fitting into place, finally revealing the murderer. Christie, in this story also provides an interesting cast of characters to provide as her "suspects". I enjoyed every minute of this old fashioned whodunit and well know classic.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Unusual and well done!
insanepoet65 More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, when I was around 9 or ten years old, I watched the movie “Murder on the Orient Express” with my grandfather. I loved it! My grandfather then blew my mine by telling me it was based on a book. A week later, he gave me a copy of the book, and a love affair with the mystery genre was born. The premise is simple, a millionaire is found dead in his compartment on the Orient Express, he was stabbed a dozen times. His door was locked from the inside. Who did it? That is the question Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must discover. I have to admit this is one of those books I go back to from time to time. It is not that there is nothing new out there, it is that this book is that enjoyable time and time again. This book is the one that started my love affair with mysteries, especially the “who dunnit” side of the genre. I love piecing the puzzle together and figuring out the villain. Thank you for the introduction Gramps.
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
So, this book just chugs along with twists, turns...always keeping you guessing even after you have drawn your own conclusion and then BAM!!!! An ending I didn't even consider. This woman was a freakin' genius! So glad I never watched any of the adaptations and ruined the surprise. Murder on the Orient Express is my second Agatha Christie novel to date and I have many, many to go. Looking forward to it :) My favorite quote: “The body—the cage—is everything of the most respectable—but through the bars, the wild animal looks out.”
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Even Knowing the End, This is a Wonderful Mystery While I love mysteries, I must admit my knowledge of the early masters of the genre is very limited. I’ve only listened to a handful of Agatha Christie stories on CD over the years, for example. Still, over the years I’d had the ending to Murder on the Orient Express spoiled for me. When I decided to listen to it on CD recently, I was wondering how that would affect my impression of the story. I need not have worried; I still loved it. Hercule Poirot had hoped to have a few days to spend in Istanbul on his way home from a case in Syria, but when he arrives, he finds himself being summoned back to England. Even though travel is usually light in the winter months, he still has a hard time finding passage on the next train, only getting on because he is friends with someone who works for that particular line. On the train the first day, he is recognized by Mr. Ratchett, an American who asks for Poirot’s help since Ratchett is in fear for his life. Poirot refuses for one simple reason, he doesn’t like the man’s looks. Something about him really bothers the detective. However, that night, Ratchett is indeed murdered in his first class sleeping compartment. Since the train is stuck in a snow storm, Poirot is asked to help find the killer. It is quickly determined that the killer is still on the train, but the clues at the crime scene point to two very different killers, and all the passengers seem to have alibis. Can Poirot solve this case? It was actually fun reading this story knowing the ending. (No, I’m not going to spoil anything.) Even then, I couldn’t quite see how Poirot was going to figure it all out. I was in awe as he worked the solution out over the course of the book. And yes, it is a logical ending. Even knowing what it was, I wasn’t sure if I would buy it or not, but I did completely. I’ve heard that Agatha Christie isn’t super strong when it comes to characters, but I didn’t feel that here at all. We have a large cast, and I didn’t have any trouble keeping them all straight. They were real enough to make me care about the outcome, and I felt for some of them as the story progressed. That’s important as the case draws to its climax. So I’m glad to finally know the full story of Murder on the Orient Express. No matter whether you go into the story spoiled or not, this is a book you’ll enjoy reading.
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This is one of the most captivating reads you'll ever find!!!!!!! It will keep you on your toes and throw plot twists at you constantly!!!!!!! I love this book!!!!!!!!!! <3
cjb2012 More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing till the very end much like her other books! Very clever!