Book review: Murder on the Orient Express

Title: Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Detective Poirot was on his way back to London. The train he was travelling on, Orient Express, was forced to stop in its tracks somewhere in Yugo-Slavia due to a snowdrift. The next morning a man, Ratchett, was found dead in his compartment, stabbed multiple times. The murderer was likely to be one of the passengers as no one could have left nor board the train. Poirot was asked to solve the mystery and to present the solution when the Yugo-Slavian police arrived. Together with Dr Constantine and Bouc who is a director of the train company, Poirot interviewed the passengers and examined the evidence. As he probed, he uncovered lies in their statements and that they had a motive to kill Ratchett. Finally he assembled them and presented his solution to the mystery.

The murder took place early in the story and the author took the reader through the investigation process. This draws the reader deeper into the story and gives a sense of participation in solving the mystery with Poirot. The final chapter where Poirot presented his solution is great as it reveals how he came to the solution and the little traps he had laid earlier on when questioning the passengers. I would suggest interested readers to read through the chapters instead of going straight to the final chapter, in order to appreciate how Poirot dug through the cloud of mystery to solve the case.

PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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