Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Author(s): Agatha Christie
No. of pages: 274
Genre: Murder mystery, Classic
Publication date: January 1st 1934
Date read: December 23rd 2017
What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?
After seeing the movie adaptation of this story first (oops!), I got really curious about the original. During my life I had already heard a lot about it, mainly because it’s such a classic murder mystery case: someone gets murdered on a train and the suspects have no way to get out.
This was my second Hercule Poirot mystery and, again, the outcome was such a surprise! I really discovered why Christie gets called the Queen of Crime – her murder cases and their outcomes are just so very original! Nevertheless, I had some minor problems with the book and its characters. Well, problems, I don’t want to call them “problems” really, because they were more just things that caught my eye. Like the stereotypes which created a bit of a tunnel vision for some of the characters who tried to solve the case. Not Poirot of course, because he’s brilliant. Stereotypes like “it has to be the Italian, because Italians stab” … Luckily this didn’t take anything away from the suspense!
All in all I think this book was quite a realistic murder mystery (so far as they can be realistic). Poirot asks good questions that actually help him further, he doesn’t have tunnel vision, and the eventual solution made sense. There weren’t any loose threads or miracle clues. However, Poirot’s guesses when it comes to questioning the suspects seemed a little unrealistic to me at times. They kind of came out of the blue and they were all … right! He must’ve been great at taking exams without studying!
The ending was kind of sudden – it felt like the story ended in the middle of a sentence. I actually looked if there wasn’t a secret chapter somewhere. No lying!
Tonight I’ll be watching the movie in the cinema again. I hope to be able to look for details which I missed the first time around!