Book Reviews of Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, Bk 9) (aka Murder in the Calais Coach)

Murder on the Orient Express  (Hercule Poirot, Bk 9) (aka Murder in the Calais Coach)
Murder on the Orient Express - Hercule Poirot, Bk 9 - aka Murder in the Calais Coach
Author: Agatha Christie
ISBN-13: 9780671468941
ISBN-10: 0671468944
Publication Date: 11/3/1982
Pages: 256
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Pocket
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a classic murder mystery, and well deserves to be so. I have been reading Agatha Christie recently, and finally got around to reading this one. It is one of her better works, and rightly deserves to be a classic.

Things are not quite right from the very beginning, and lots of clues are around even before the murder occurs. And after it happens, oh the twisted web that abounds. Thirteen passengers, Poirot, the director of the rail line, a doctor, and a dead man snowbound on a train.

The ending is well done, but also quite different than most Poirot mysteries. I can't say anything more, and it is wrapped up, but sometimes, even Poirot's skill must go unheralded by the outside world. :)
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One of Christie's most famous mysteries, and deservedly so. It is a truly ingenious pure puzzle novel -- there is no description to speak of, and the characters are never more than their descriptions in the front of the novel. They don't need to be. It is a novel to be read simply for the sake of matching wits with Christie, and there are very few people who would win in that confrontation. My only objection is that the action Poirot takes at the conclusion of the novel do not seem in keeping with his stated philosophy in other books. Still, that is a minor quibble for an otherwise superb detective novel.
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Better known by its British title 'MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS', this is one of Agatha Christie's most prolific novels. Hercule Poirot is challenged by a most diabolic murder while traveling to London from Syria. There are thirteen suspects, each with a good alibi. As always, Poirot makes much use of "the little grey cells", and eventually names the murderer.

It has been many years since I read this most unusual mystery. Though I remembered the ending, it was a thrill going back through the labyrinth of clues and revelations that make Christie's books stand out from all others.
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This is a classic murder mystery, and well deserves to be so. I have been reading Agatha Christie recently, and finally got around to reading this one. It is one of her better works, and rightly deserves to be a classic.

Things are not quite right from the very beginning, and lots of clues are around even before the murder occurs. And after it happens, oh the twisted web that abounds. Thirteen passengers, Poirot, the director of the rail line, a doctor, and a dead man snowbound on a train.

The ending is well done, but also quite different than most Poirot mysteries. I can't say anything more, and it is wrapped up, but sometimes, even Poirot's skill must go unheralded by the outside world. :)
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A book by Agath Christie is always good!
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This is one of Agatha Christie's most brilliant mysteries. Our favorite Belgian detective (Hercule Poirot) is traveling on the Orient Express when he is offered by Mr. Ratchett to protect him from some crazed killer. Poirot does not take the job because, as he tells Ratchett, "I do not like your face." However, Ratchett winds up murdered. It is up to Hercule Poirot to solve the mystery while the train is stuck in a snowdrift before the killer manages to escape. It is a twist on the "locked room" mystery becauser it takes place on a train, but the book is still a pleasure to read. Do not watch the 1974 movie until after reading the book. It wouldn't be much fun imagining Albert Finney trying to portray Poirot as you read, but the movie is just as brilliant as the book.
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The train is snowbound in the Transylvania Mountains: then the murder of one occupant of the Calais Coach. Not to worry, Poirot is on the scene. Unfortunately, every other occupant is a suspect. To the amazement of all, the invincible Poirot, in this dearth of resources, uncovers everyones sordid background, including that of the corpse. Interesting as to how everyones background is linked together as he arrives at the solution as to who did it. I applaud his decision; unrealistic as it is, it is justifiable.
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Read it in high school years ago!! It was an enjoyable book
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Train rides just aren't as exciting as they used to be. The movie, as best as I can tell (it's been a few years since I saw it), captures the feeling of the book.
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Terrific.
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a classic agatha christie mystery story. i keep thinking i got it figured out, but then she surprises me...everytime.
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Ms. Christie's classic tale of murder on a snowbound train.
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One of the very best whodunits of all time
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This classic tale of Agatha Christie's pits Hercule Poirot against one of the most exciting mysteries of all time. Christie is a fantastic writer. Her characters are vivid and unforgettable.
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LOVED IT!
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It's Agatha Christie. Need I say more?
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First of these I have ever read. Liked it. Kind of a Puzzle in a book form. My father was a fireman on that Train(s) during summer vacations and liked it also. I'll have to read some more of them.
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Who doesn't adore Poirot?!
Intelligent. Interesting. Entertaining.

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Editorial Reviews
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What morecan a mystery addict desire? (New York Times )

A brilliantly ingenious story. (Dorothy L. Sayers, Daily Herald (UK) )

Need it be saidthe little grey cells solve once more the seemingly insoluble. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end. (Times Literary Supplement (London) )

[Moves] smoothly and entertainingly to its surprise conclusion. (Chicago Daily Tribune )

Its tempting to say that Agatha Christie is a genius and let it go at that, but the worlds had plenty of geniuses. Agatha Christie is something special. (Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author )

Nothing short of swell. [Christie] is probably the best suspicion scatterer and diverter in the business. (New York Herald Tribune )
Product Description
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.


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The book was well written, and it was interesting to see the thought process behind a detective's mind. It was a good story, but didn't leave you on the edge of your seat by any means.
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One of Agatha Christie's best and one of my favorites.
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My first Agatha Christie book. I am now a Hercule Poirot fan!
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A classic
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The best mystery I've ever read.
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A classic...
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The actual title of this book is "Murfer in the Calais Coach" - it is the same book as the original British title "Murder of the Orient Express".
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A classic. Quite excellent.
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My favorite Christie story EVER
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A great mystery written in the finest tradition. I had read this book many, many moons ago but enjoyed reading it again. I had forgotten what a great writer Christie was.
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This book is in hardback. This book is purchased from the book bindry I was employed at.

En route to Paris, Belgian detective Hercule Piort has booked winter passage on the fabled Orient Express. Among the curious assortment of fellow passangers, one wealthy American holds a unique distinction: He has been found dead of multiple stab wounds in the night compartment of the Calais coach. By dawn, thirteen travelers, each bearing a secret, will find themselves suspect in the most ingenouis crime Poirot has ever solved...
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I read MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS for this month's Agatha Christie theme in my online book club, The Reading Cove.

Unfortunately, the mystery just never got my interest. I found myself very bored because I didn't really care about the man who was murdered or about finding out whodunnit. You can basically just read the first 50 pages, and then read the last 20 and you've got everything you need to know right there! LOL

I'd recommend AND THEN THERE WERE NONE instead, there's a lot more connecting with the characters in that story. I found it much more engaging than this one.
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Read it so long ago I can't even hardly remember what it was about
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I have not heard the cassettes, but the narrative on the back of the package seems very interesting.