The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.
Here is another one of my favorites. Murder on the Orient Express was the first Agatha Christie book I have ever read, and it’s ultimately the book that made me fall in love with her work.
The story was written and is set in the 1930s and it features our beloved Monsieur Hercule Poirot.
As soon as Hercule Poirot checks into the Tokatlian Hotel in Istanbul, he receives a telegram instructing him to cancel his arrangements and return to London, so he boards the Orient Express, heading for Paris. Poirot is soon approached by Samuel Ratchett, an American millionaire who fears for his life. Ratchett attempts to hire Poirot as his personal detective, but he refuses. In the morning, Ratchett is found dead, stabbed multiple times. The Orient Express is at a standstill due to a severe overnight snowstorm and it is not possible that the murderer could have left the train, so they must still be among them. But twelve of the passengers are found out to be enemies of Samuel Ratchett – so who could it be?
When I read an Agatha Christie book I really want to solve the crime, that’s because of the way she writes, always tossing clues your way. The thing about this book is that the clues were doing nothing for me. I created theories while reading it but none seemed to fit. That’s why I love it so much. The final reveal of the culprit surprised me so much. I really didn’t cross my mind.
The book was incredibly well plotted, and left you admiring the writer’s skill in showing how clever her detective was to uncover the mystery. As always the characters are very well developed and always presented as possible suspects with strong reasons for such crimes.
I really enjoyed the movie adaptation of this one but I have to say I prefer the book. That’s because of the clues and Poirot’s thinking process that don’t show up that much in the movie, or at least not in the same way. But overall, I recommend both for anyone who is a fan of mysteries. It really is surprising.