Book Review #5

Today’s review is about the classic Hercule Poirot’s mystery series by Agatha Christie: Murder On The Orient Express.

Oh my, the casts! I haven’t watched the whole movie..yet. But I have to admit being spoiled about the ending of this book, not by a review, but I happened to watch the ending of the movie where the plot twist was revealed. Did that make reading it any less intriguing?

No.

I enjoyed this book on a scale I haven’t enjoyed most books. And it could be because of Agatha Christie’s writing style. Similar, not so similar, writing style to Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway. I savor reading any of these authors. I don’t skim but read with my wholehearted attention.

Here is the Goodreads blurb:

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks as it travels through the mountainous Balkans. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year but, by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

One of the passengers is none other than detective Hercule Poirot. On vacation.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again.

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Without wasting much time of me -I know- rambling about how much I LOVE the writing, the pacing, the intelligence of the characters, and well not-so-nice description of some characters (I’m looking at you sheep-face. I wonder what this even looks like), let me get right into

Why you must read this book:

  • It is brilliantly written. You’ll appreciate prose for what it really is. Each and every word in this book has a reason to be there.
  • The back story of this book is a dream I’ll like to weive into mine -but I know its almost impossible- (mind you impossible is I’m possible. So maybe someday.)
  • My head meets a roadblock when an author describes something or a place vividly. I’ll be lost at some point. Agatha Christie does not do that.
  • Ohh the humor and sassiness. I laughed out loud a lot while I was reading this book. Something I do whenever I read a book outside of horror or thriller.
  • I’m here for the French she included. And although all I know is a handfull words in French from my junior hs days. I love books that include other languages.
  • The intelligence, great emphasis on the intelligence and meaning of the plot. If you pay close attention to the beginning of the book, you’ll draw back, thinking this isn’t a coincidence. And if you keep that knowledge with you, will feel like a Jr. Poirot yourself.

Now, will I reread this?

Absolutely! I’ll probably read this book whenever I’m editing any of my stories to get a sense of how polished a final draft should be and how every scene should lead up to the ending. Not only am I going to reread this, I’m also planning to read all Hercule Poirot’s books. So heads up, this won’t be the last time you see Agatha Christie’s book review.

That’s all I have to say about Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Not that I don’t feel obliged to say I love this book once more. Read it and judge it. I’ll like to know what you think about it.

Peace out ✌️

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