Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is one of the most famous writers in all of history in the mystery genre. This book was first published in 1934. It has since been reprinted and made into a movie. This proves that Christie’s books stand the test of time.
In this book, we come in contact with our beloved Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. The characters are on a train, all to their own locations with their own destinations in mind, when one night a murder occurs. That same night the train gets stuck in a snowdrift and thus the train is stuck with a murderer on board. The entirety of the book takes place on the train, while Poirot tries to solve the mystery of the murder of millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett.
Ratchett, Poirot soon discovers, is not Ratchett, but rather a well-sought after suspect in the Armstrong case. With this knowledge, he has to determine who has ties to that case and the family involved with the case and who does not. In the end, what he finds out is surprising and his deduction skills to determine this information is unique from others I have read. When Poirot gives his solution to those on board the train, he offers to “viable” solutions. The choice is then out of his hands for who the case will proceed and when that choice is made, I was aggravated with those characters.
The book is broken down into sections to make it easy to decipher what happens and what is going to happened. Such as the interviewing of all the people on board the sleeper car of the train where this murder occurred. The book revolves around the interviews of these people and then Poirot going through the evidence. There are a lot of characters in this book, which makes it a little difficult to differentiate them all at once especially because we are introduced to them all almost immediately upon Poirot’s own train boarding.
Overall, Agatha Christie knew what she was doing when she was writing mysteries and this is one for the books!