I know I’m a good 83 years late to the party but I’m taking a leaf out of The Past Due Book Review‘s book and am going to review the classic Agatha Christie novel, Murder on the Orient Express.Those of you who have been here for a while know that I am a book lover, more so than a film buff so when I saw the trailers for the new film Murder on the Orient Express, I thought I just HAVE to read that before I see the film!
Before I picked up a copy I felt like I was in such a reading rut, I was longing for a new genre and then I stumbled across the novel and I was intrigued. (My grandma would be so proud).
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. A passenger lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door is locked from the inside.
Isolated by the storm with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the prime suspects from a scornful and impatient array of passengers – before the murderer decides to strike again.
The novel starts with Poirot in a hotel in Turkey where he catches a glance of a man of evil spirit with unkind eyes. Unbeknown to him the very same man would request Poirot’s help the next day. The man who Poirot rejected a request from is Ratchett.
During the night, Poirot hears unusual noises from the next carriage and awakes in the morning to the news that Ratchett had been murdered. The head of the train company Monsieur Bouc asks Poirot to investigate the murder. And so goes on the story in interviews between Poirot and the passengers in the same cart as Ratchett, until Poirot can find the culprit in unusual circumstances.
I was hooked from the very first page and can honestly say, it’s been one of the best novels I have ever read. I can’t wait to start reading another Agatha Christie novel very soon.