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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Book review

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Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) Book Cover Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10)
Hercule Poirot
Agatha Christie
Detective and mystery stories
HarperCollins UK
2001
Paperback
347
Bought it from Amazon

"Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Simon 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 and with a killer in the midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again..."

Introduction:

This was my first book of the year and second book of Agatha Christie after reading ‘And Then there were none’. I have received this book as a gift so I thought to start my new year with this book. Another thing is I have completed this book in the train while traveling to my hometown.  Let’s check out what behold this book.

Plot summary:

Hercule Poirot, a retired private detective boards the Tauras Express train to Stamboul (Istanbul). There are two more passengers and in the eyes of Poirot, they seem little weird. After this Poirot checks in the hotel but receives a telegram calling him back to the London. He has to go back with the Orient Express and in the hotel lobby; he meets his old friend M. Bouc who is the director of Wagon Lit.

After boarding the train, he notices the same passenger which he has seen in the Tauras express. He also notices Ratchett and Hector McQueen (Both were present in the same hotel). Ratchett asks Poirot to work for him as he is receiving threatening letters but Poirot refuses.

Bouc arranges a space in the first class for Poirot as the train is unusually full. On that night Ratchett was found dead in his compartment. The train is standing still due to heavy snowfall. The window is open, but there is no footprint in the snow. There is a handkerchief with initial of ‘H’ and a Pipe cleaner. Ratchett’s body has 12 stab wound.

The murderer could be a man or woman and he/she is still on the train. Poirot has to find the culprit before he/she does another crime. Read this fascinating book which wraps various mysteries and will leave you astonished.

Writing style:

The language is very simple and you can easily finish this book in a day.

My perception:

This book is truly amazing! I mean you can’t guess the killer and the character of Poirot is inspiring yet intriguing. The author has written this book in such a way that the mystery gets open with the layers. With each page, your urge to know the killer increases and you want to finish this book in no time. This book is certainly one of its own kinds. If you love mysteries then do not miss this book!

Grab a copy of this book from here, 

Until next time, Keep Reading 🙂 

Author: Sheetal Maurya

Sheetal Maurya is a full-time blogger. She is a die-hard bookworm and has read more books than she can count. She believes in the art of storytelling and reviews books so that the world can choose the best ones and embark on an adventurous virtual reading journey.

    6 COMMENTS

  • Purba Chakraborty February 1, 2017 Reply

    well reviewed. I love the thrillers of Agatha Christie 🙂

    • Sheetal Maurya February 1, 2017 Reply

      Thank you Purba !

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar February 1, 2017 Reply

    Agatha Christie is one of my fav. authors.

    • Sheetal Maurya February 1, 2017 Reply

      Same here !

  • Sana February 1, 2017 Reply

    I haven’t read any mysteries yet. But reading this review, I’m tempted to get one 🙂 Thank you so much for the review.

    • Sheetal Maurya February 1, 2017 Reply

      Yes Sana! This is an excellent mystery book 🙂

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