WEEKLY WONDER (BEST OF AGATHA CHRISTIE): MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (#16)

Hello.

The Weekly Wonder is a series in which we recommend books which  should be right at the top of your To Be Read pile, without giving out any spoilers. This is the Agatha Christie Special!

This week’s Wonder is-

Murder on the Orient Express- by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express- by Agatha Christie

SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?

Poirot boards the Orient Express to head back to London. The train is unexpectedly full. Poirot, however, manages to squeeze in with a little help from his friend Mr. Bouc.

Poirot is then offered employment and a hefty sum by a shifty-looking American, Mr. Ratchett, who claims that his life is threatened. Poirot declines by saying what I would like to say to quite a few unpleasant people whom life throws my way- “I do not like your face, M. Ratchett.”

The next night, M. Ratchett is found dead in his cabin. With exactly twelve stab wounds on his body. To make matters more complicated, the train is at a complete standstill because of heavy snowfall- which means that one of the people present in the carriage is responsible for the murder.

Who is it? Read the book.


A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES

“If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it – often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.”

“I am not one to rely upon the expert procedure. It is the psychology I seek, not the fingerprint or the cigarette ash.”

“I like to see an angry Englishman,” said Poirot. “They are very amusing. The more emotional they feel the less command they have of language.”

“The body—the cage—is everything of the most respectable—but through the bars, the wild animal looks out.”


WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT

  • Murder on the Orient Express wins the prize for the Most Ingenious Plot Ever. Without a doubt, this is one of the best ones ever written. It beats And Then There Were None by a very small margin- and that margin is the presence of Poirot.
  • Which brings us to the next point- Poirot shines through beautifully. He is at his eccentric, Belgian best.
  • The descriptions are gorgeous. Very subtle, but gorgeous.
  • It keeps you guessing till the end! If you can’t stomach suspense, this book will wreck you.
  • The titles are intriguing- it reminds one of, say, a detective’s pocketbook.

Tell me what you thought about the book!

Happy Reading!

Pallavi.

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