2008. 174. Murder on the Orient Express

“It was five o’clock on a winter’s morning in Syria.  Alongside the platform in Aleppo stood the train grandly designated in railway guides as the Taurus express.”

Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

This is it - the ur-Christie - the most famous book of all.  And it lives up to its reputation - it is both a great work, atmospherically (the murder on the snowbound train! The passengers from all walks of life! The terrible kidnapping case - a take on the Lindbergh baby case), and the solution is ingenious (I won’t say more in case you haven’t read the book/seen the movie, but it is pretty darn clever - even better than The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and the kind of thing that pretty much no one can ever do again, because Agatha did it first and best).  And, it is probably Poirot’s greatest case!  And I love Poirot.  Seriously, if you haven’t read it, you ought to - it goes beyond Agatha Christie thing to being a straight up classic.


Date/Place Completed: 11/11/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-read; Agatha Christie Project


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