Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Book - 1974
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This Hercule Poirot mystery takes place on the elegant and plush Orient Express. The train is unusually crowded, traveling from Istanbul to Paris. Ratchett, a pushy, imperious millionaire, confronts Inspector Hercule Poirot and demands that the little Belgian take a case: protection. "I have an enemy," Ratchett says, and offers Poirot $20,000 if he will help him stay alive. Poirot declines because he can afford to, and because "I do not like your face, Monsieur." Later that night, as the train sits halted and snowbound, Ratchett is murdered-- killed in a room locked from the inside. Poirot takes the case this time. It turns out that Ratchett, a gangster, a killer, kidnapper, and child abuser, died of multiple stab wounds. Clearly, this clever, ruthless killer is still on board. Thirteen people on board knew the dead man. Each has a secret. Each had a reason to kill Ratchett, and each is a suspect in this murder. Can Poirot solve this baffling crime, find the person responsible, by the time the train reaches Paris?
Publisher: London : Harper/Collins for the Crime Club, 1974.
ISBN: 9780002315395
0002315394
9780061002748
0061002747
9780425173756
0425173755
9780062073501
9780062693662
Call Number: CHRISTIE
Characteristics: 254 p. : plan ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Movie novels.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Orient Express (Express train) -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- England -- Fiction.
Poirot, Hercule (Fictitious character)

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sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
With such a large cast of characters, it's hard to get a good sense of each of them as an individual, and of course Christie had some racial/ethnic stereotypes of the day that meant something to the contemporary reader that don't mean the same thing t... Read More »


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sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing: 10/10
With such a large cast of characters, it's hard to get a good sense of each of them as an individual, and of course Christie had some racial/ethnic stereotypes of the day that meant something to the contemporary reader that don't mean the same thing to me.
The plot was purely intellectual. New things didn't happen, they just came out as things that had happened in the past. Yet, despite being restrained to a single setting and largely to dialogue, I was enraptured. I devoured this book.

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