Murder on the Orient Express

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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Ecpress in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of year, but by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside...Red herrings galore are put in the path of Hercule Poirot to try to keep him off the scent, but in adramtic denouement he succeeds in coming up with not one but two solutions to the crime. ...
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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Ecpress in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of year, but by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside...Red herrings galore are put in the path of Hercule Poirot to try to keep him off the scent, but in adramtic denouement he succeeds in coming up with not one but two solutions to the crime.
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These are the initial eight volumes in what will grow to 24 over two years in Black Dog's new "Agatha Christie Collection." The books are all decent-quality hardcovers for a bargain price. If you're regularly replacing your Christies, gives these more durable editions a try. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425173756
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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Agatha Christie

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.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    Murder on the Orient Express

    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.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    GREAT BOOK!!!!

    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.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Amazing book a must read

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Wonderfull book and a great mystery

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Une fran¿aise

    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!

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    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another great book from Agatha!

    This book is such a great book! It has such an unexpected ending. It is just fantastic!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Amazing book!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    great book

    It is an thriller that you cant stop reading love it best book ever

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Hi

    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!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    No!

    This book sucks! I read it and i was confused the whole time!

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    Not memorable

    Overall, this book was pretty good. It wasn't difficult to understand (except for the French). The only flaw I saw in it was the undeveloped characters. The people working on the train had no personality, and weren't memorable at all. This was frusturating, having these bland, indifferent chracters among an array of interesting, colorful people (the passengers). Months after reading this book, I cannot even remember anyone who worked on the Calais coach except fot the lietenant.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2007

    What More Could A Mystery Lover Want?

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    A beautifully writen classic mystery novel

    This book can be a little slow moving in places, but it is a classic. Everyone should read at least one of Agatha Christy's novels, even if you don't like mystery.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    Enjoyable old classic. One of the best Christy stories.

    A must re read. Read this many years ago but it even better the second time around. Amazing how she put in things that we never realized people knew in 1933.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Murder on the Orient Express Review

    It was a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    My First Agatha Christie novel

    The book was great, Poirot at his best. I have read Five Little Pigs after this book. Both were well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Amazing

    I know that loads of people are saying that this book sucks but they are totally wrong, I don't know where they are getting it from. This book is one of the best books I've ever read, the plot was great and intruiging and I loved the surprising twist at the end!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Definitely one of my All Time Favorites. It's been maybe a good

    Definitely one of my All Time Favorites. It's been maybe a good two years since I read this book, but I still think about how much I enjoyed it. I borrowed the book from the library just to bring something home, but I wish I bought it. I really loved the book. It was beyond suspenseful and reminded me a lot of Sherlock Holmes. The first few pages (like pages 1 and 2 really) kind of confused me, but I really fell in love with the book. I strongly recommend this book towards anyone who enjoyed Sherlock Holmes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    I know I'm a minority but....

    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..

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