Sep 25

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
“The impossible could not have happened; therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances”

Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express is a murder mystery novel that is on our list of top 150 books ever written.   It was also the first audio novel that we have listened to.  We were taking a week-long trip to Colorado and while we might not always agree on what type of music we should listen to we were able to agree on taking a break from our musical tastes to listen to such a wonderful book.   Listening to an audio book took us a while to get used to, but once we got into the book and voice of the actor/reader it really made the drive feel like it flew by.  I think on our next long road trip we will be taking another audio book with us.

Agatha Christie’s book, Murder on the Orient Express, centers around a slaying on a locomotive which just happens to occur on a snowbound train in the middle of the night.  The detective must figure out who the killer is before the train gets moving again.  This is a Hercule Poirot novel which is one of Christie’s longest running characters, having appeared in 33 novels and numerous short stories.  Poirot finds himself stuck in a murder mystery were the facts and circumstances of the case never seem to add up and Poirot has to wrestle with the perplexing clues in a race against time to find out who the real killer is.

Murder on the Orient Express is a very well written book.  Christie is a master of building suspense one layer at a time, never reveling too much or going at too slow of a pace for the reader to move on to something else.  Her characters are rich in details, but a little clichéd in a sense that the servants are portrayed as much weaker characters than their white-collar counterparts, and her American characters are obnoxious as is the case of Mrs. Hubbard, a bumbling idiot.  However,  I did enjoy her characters and I might be nitpicking on the depiction of her characters because it took nothing away from the book.

This book is a wonderful read, even better if you do not know the ending, which unfortunately two days before our trip I was watching a re-run of a Cheers episode and Frasier gave away the ending when he was upset with rest of the gang on Cheers.  Despite knowing the ending of the book I still highly enjoyed it because it was such an expertly crafted murder mystery where the impossible just might be possible.  I give it 4 out 5 shells.

4 shells

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