Synopsis

The Orient Express was unusually full for the time of year. Hercule Poirot sat in the elegant restaurant-car and amused himself by observing his fellow passengers: a Russian princess of great ugliness, a haughty English colonel, an American with a strange glint in his eye… and many more. The food and company were most congenial and the little Belgian detective was looking forward to a pleasant journey.

But it was not to be. After a restless night, Poirot awoke to find that tragedy had struck. First, the train had been brought to a standstill by a huge snowdrift. Secondly, a passenger lay dead in his berth – murdered…

The Review

The story features Monsieur Hercule Poirot, a clever, logical, Belgian private detective with an elaborate, waxed moustache. It was written and is set in the 1930s so some of the language and expressions are old fashioned and there are quite a lot of French phrases spoken by Poirot, so you might need a French dictionary to help you translate.

I can’t help but notice the differences between the book and the 2017 movie. I have yet to watch and criticize the 1974 movie. They have deleted a character from the script in the 2017 version. The Greek doctor of all the characters! I was looking forward to knowing that character in the movie but no… It ceases to exist.

Quotes

“Précisément! The body – the cage – is everything of the most respectable – but through the bars, the wild animal looks out.”

Poirot compares a character to a wild animal and gets the sense that he is evil just by looking at him. Do you think we can truly know evil when we see it?

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

Fun Fact

The main character’s last name Poirot is pronounced as “Pwah-ro”.

My Thoughts

I have a confession to make… I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel before. This is the 10th book in the “Hercule Poirot” series, but thankfully it was a perfect place to start. From what I’ve heard, each Poirot novel stands perfectly well on its own, meaning you don’t have to read the series in order, they all have an entirely different adventure.

The story was so gripping that I finished it in two days. Agatha Christie “The Queen of Crime” is one of my favorite authors now! I was always a mystery fan and I’m quite shocked at myself for not reading a Christie book before when I had so many chances. Better late than never!

The Rating

It deserves a 5 star because it’s a successful mystery, I couldn’t guess the murderer at the end, I was surprised. It’s only 200 or so pages, very gripping and one of those books you can finish in a flight.

I fear it is impossible to say too much about this book without spoilers. Don’t let this mystery stay a mystery for too long, read it and get ready to be blown away by the twisted ending.

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