Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series)

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073495
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/18/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series , #10
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 34,214
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

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. 386 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!
Cheese_Danish 10 days ago
I was originally drawn to Agatha Christie’s mystery books by her magnum opus, And Then There Were None. This was the first Hercule Poirot book that I read and it certainly did not disappoint. For those who aren’t familiar with Hercule Poirot, he is a Belgian detective who is a reoccurring main character in Christie’s novels. He has an entire book series dedicated to him solving cases all across Europe. In this particular book, Hercule Poirot gets on a train to return to England to take a case. He catches a ride on the Orient Express in order to get to England. Upon returning, the train gets stopped in its tracks because of a snowdrift. Later that night, Mr. Ratchett was killed in his sleep. When the passengers learn of the crime committed the next morning, Hercule Poirot gets right to work in solving it. In my opinion the book started off a bit slow but once Hercule Poirot gets on the Orient Express the plot takes off with the train. I can’t talk too much about the plot without giving away the ending but this book is very interesting all the way through. The antagonist’s identity is very shallow at first, but as the book continues, more is revealed about this character and some of it keeps you wanting to turn the page. The plotline is delivered in a very creative way. Where instead of taking through the plot first hand, you learn about the plot through the information that Poirot gathers from the passengers being interviewed. With every interview a new piece of shocking evidence is uncovered which makes you even more skeptical. Since the book takes place in point of view of Hercule Poirot, we only know as much as he does as the book goes on.
sisterbooks on LibraryThing 27 days ago
My favorite Agatha Christie book. It was a brilliant murder mystery with an ending that was just perfect. Not as gruesome as her others.
labelleaurore on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I have them all but this Murder on the Orient Express is stealing my heart each time... what a writer Agatha Christie was.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This is only the second book by Agatha Christie that I have read, but it cemented her as one of my favorite authors. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express. As it is only the second of her books that I have read, I can't be sure, but I can see a pattern to Christie's writing; she seems to definitely draw from a certain formula in her writing. Even with what appears to be a predisposed pattern to her writing, these are still enjoyable reads.Murder on the Orient Express is a Hercule Poirot mystery, one of her more colorful recurring characters. Like The Mysterious Affair at Styles (the only other Christie book I've read), Poirot finds himself in an unexpected situation; traveling to Paris on the Orient Express, there is a murder, and Poirot is pressed into service to try to solve the mystery before the killer can escape!There isn't much thinking involved on the reader's part; most of the clues are clearly presented, but Poirot doesn't make the connections until the end, but he clearly illustrates how the crime was committed and who did it and how he came to the conclusion. Agatha Christie obviously enjoyed writing her books, as that enjoyment is passed directly onto the reader. 5 stars!!
cinesnail88 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This was my first foray into Agatha Christie's work, and I must say I was impressed with her ideas, though I found her writing fairly elementary. I really loved the way this one worked out, though I was not found of Christie's infamous detective, Hercule Poirot. I will probably read a few more of her works in order to gain some perspective. An incredibly fast read as well!
jpsnow on LibraryThing 27 days ago
Everyone should read once -- Masterful mystery style combined with realistic plot and technique. I won't give away the ending but it wasn't who one might expect -- a quick read and very entertaining throughout.
luvwords on LibraryThing 27 days ago
I actually saw the BBC production of this on PBS before reading the book. It was my first brush with Hercule Poirot and his "little grey cells". He will always remain one of my favorite detectives. If you don't know who did it, I won't spoil the ending, but I always thought it was extrememly interesting.
nakmeister on LibraryThing 27 days ago
After concluding a successful case in Eastern Europe, Hercule Poirot decides to return home on the Orient Express. It should be quiet and relaxing he thinks, and turns down a case from a rather unsavoury character who said someone was trying to kill him. But then that man is murdered, and Poirot has to find the killer who is still on the train...I¿d only read one other Agatha Christie when I read this, Death on the Nile, which was very enjoyable, but I enjoyed this one much more. There were only a limited number of possible culprits, which made it all the more interesting trying to figure out whodunnit. It is rather a surprise ending, I¿d be amazed if you guessed it. It stretched the bounds of possibility, but was still believable. Now all I have to do is see the film of it.Have since read 5 or 6 Agatha Christie books, and this one is still my favourite.
MerryMary on LibraryThing 27 days ago
An old favorite. In my opinion, Christie's best Poirot. I love the exotic location, the despicable victim, the many suspects with their interlocking motives.