The Murder on the Orient Express ★★★★½
Genre(s) | Mystery, Thriller, Classic
Goodreads Rating | 4.16
Humpo Show Rating | 4.40
Published: First published in 1926. 2017 edition
A train. A murder. Multiple suspects. Everyone has an alibi. They all have a motive. How did this seemingly impossible murder occur? With only his observations, detective acumen and his imagination to call upon, Hercule Poirot has to sift through the lies to uncover who the murderer is.
Agatha Christie’s most famous novel, The Murder on the Orient Express, encapsulates so many aspects of detective fiction- the intrigue, the art of the investigation, and the final solution that has details that surprise the readers. The structure of the novel was unique and worked perfectly well with the way that the investigation progressed.
This won’t be an extensive review as it is a classic that everyone has heard of and know doubt know something of the plot, and/or ending, rather just some brief thoughts.
The one thing that I disliked was that I felt that there was a lack of realistic reaction to Poirot’s solutions, but this is an issue I have with murder mysteries in general.
I have previously mentioned the structure, which again, was brilliant. And the breakdown of each chapter, relating to personal interviews and evidence were fascinating, and by helping to build the case up in that manner, it made for an absorbing and quick read.
This is a must-read for detective fiction and murder mystery fans, it is the embodiment of those genres and it set the standard for every subsequent novel that enters this sphere of fiction. It has whetted my appetite for more of Poirot, and generally more of Christie’s work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.