Title: Murder on the Orient Express
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Author(s): Agatha Christie
Original Release Date: 1934
Genre(s): Mystery, Classics
“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
— Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express
In this timeless classic, Agatha Christie challenges the world to dethrone her from a position that only she could attain through a inconceivable, gritty and captivating crime story.
All hail the Queen of Mystery! All hail the One and Only! Best-selling author of all time, having also written under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott, Agatha Christie has created two of the most iconic characters of all time, Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Her novels are known world-wide, from And Then There Were None to Murder at the Vicarage, and are still discovered, read and reread by countless readers. I for one have never read any of them till today, and boy was this formidable.
The great thing about the Murder on the Orient Express—know that there is nothing great about murder—is how any reader can easily pick it up and discover the star of this novel: Hercule Poirot. His name has been tossed around with the likes of Sherlock Holmes, Batman and detective Colombo, but it isn’t everyone who knows of his exploits. In this classic crime story that presents us with a savage crime in a claustrophobic environment, Hercule Poirot unveils his talents with grace and finesse.
The great detective is known by the world for his ability to solve crimes and you already understand that he is not someone you want on your case if you’re trying to avoid remain anonymous after committing a crime. His way is extremely structured, methodical and meticulous. It works a bit by elimination, sort of like what you’d do in a multiple choice exam, but it also comes with a touch of guess work. However, Poirot also knows his psychology of human beings. He can tell what is normal from what is not, and will strategically and brilliantly play on the subtle hints you give him to extract the information he wants from you.
What I loved about his character was also how straight-forward he can be. There are times I just couldn’t hold a giggle following a sly and snarky comment from him. Hercule Poirot also has a very majestic way of presenting his thoughts without being condescending or event showing any signs of a superiority complex. Even if he is attracted by cases that are uniquely fascinating, he still has a heart and shows it through his manner of speaking, and especially with the ending.
The ending of this crime story is where everything is at. It is one of the main reason why I would ever recommend this book highly to readers who have yet to pick up a book by Agatha Christie. There is a moment towards the end of the book where you’ll think the story is insane, improbable and unlikely. You’ll come to believe that the author has failed to deliver and completely flopped. But just as that thought was ready to spread like a virus, Agatha Christie will toss in another magnifique twist that will simply blow your minds away. This is one of those rare books that had me smiling at the ending and looking at the book like:
All great detectives also have an incredible sea of knowledge to help them in their cases. Hercule Poirot is no exception. There is a sprinkle of historical fiction within this novel that aid in creating those beautiful twists and turns. But there’s one thing that you should know about Agatha Christie, or at least about this novel, there’s just no way you’ll know where it’s headed. This is no story that you could easily guess, but if you do, you’ll be amazed by how it is executed. There’s just something so exciting about a crime story that you just can’t guess how it’ll be solved.
Hercule Poirot is a source of inspiration for so many shows and movies. His ways and his stories are undoubtedly fascinating and his character is a legendary icon in the world of literature, and even in cinema. Murder on the Orient Express might have been an exciting page-turner devoid of useless information that was able to keep me hooked till the very end, but it will not be my last novel by Agatha Christie. Oh, hell no. After this one, I think I’ll just collect and read every single one of her books. That’s right. I’ll learn about every single case that her mind was able to come up with and see how she brilliantly closes those cases with her staple characters. Yep. Watch me.
Murder on the Orient Express (2017) with Kenneth Branagh as the great Hercule Poirot hits theatres today! If it wasn’t for this movie adaptation, I don’t think I would’ve been so motivated to fit this book into my reading schedule. 😛
I have yet to see it, but there is also the classic 1974 adaptation with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot!
Have you seen any of these adaptations? Do you plan to see them? Have you read it yet? Plan to? 😀
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MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★
Till next time,