Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Mystery by the Grand Dame herself

I cannot honestly remember if I have read Murder on the Orient Express before or not.  Either way, I enjoyed reading this famous tomb by the Queen of Mystery.  Agatha Christie does such an amazing job of balancing the details and leaving the reader perplexed as to who is the guilty party.  Her talent lies in the fact you realize later you could have seen all the clues if you thought like Poirot and used his powers of deduction and reasoning.   Unlike many other writers, it isn't so obvious that you know halfway through the book who did it.  Even when you get suspicious that you know, the whole explanation and revelation by Hercule Poirot is interesting to read.   I do love how this story is resolved and the creativity with which it is handled.  My only hesitation with the book was I couldn't help but visualize Poirot as the screen portrayal of him,  rather than as Christie describes him in her prose. I guess there are far worse shortcomings to have with a mystery.   A great read if you haven't already read it or it's been a while!

Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Classic whodunit

I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie mysteries since I was a teen. She always lays out the solution so well and her clues and red herrings work so well. Always a joy to read about Poirot although now it is hard not to visualize the actor vs the description Christie uses.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:
  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge -  Book 19
  2. Literary Escapes-  Yugoslavia
  3. Calendar of Crime-  #CalendarOfCrime2020  October #9 disguise
  4. Cravings for a Cozy and Cloak and  Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal : Book  14
  5. Cruising through cozies -  Historical cozy #1
  6. Medical Examiner-  1 Toe Tag 
  7. Six Shooter-  New Target for Agatha Christie
  8. Mystery Bingo:  
    • Weapons card :  Dagger
    • Clues:  stopped watch
    • Red Herring :  Locked room;  maid
    • Crime Scenes: Train
  9. Beat the Backlist #BeatTheBacklist2020 #5 Author you want to meet
  10. TBR Book #1  #Backlistreader ; #MountTBR2020; #StartOnYourShelfathon Book #14
  11. Popsugar- #popsugarreadingchallenge #43 book with a character with vision impairment
  12. Around the Year in 52 Books- #40 A book with a place name in the title
  13. 52 Books in 52 weeks  #48 character who wears glasses
  14. Wizarding World Tour  
    • Ilvermorny-  Includes a trip
  15. Monthly Motif   #MonthlyMotifGXO-  Seeing Red 
  16. Historic Fiction   #2020HFReadingChallenge    book 2


  1. Enjoyed your review! I know what you mean about "My only hesitation with the book was I couldn't help but visualize Poirot as the screen portrayal of him", that is also stuck in my head. I think we need a term for that phenomenon, like "earworm" is to songs. I have this book on my shelf but have not read it for years. Of course, this one is a bit unique in that once you know how the murder occurred, you just can't forget it.

  2. I loved this one - but like you, it's been a long while since I've read anything by Agatha Christie.

    Tanya Patrice