Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express

Hey, y’all! Time for another book review as part of my 25 in 25 Bucket List. I’m trying to read a book for every month until my 26th birthday. I want to go out of my comfort zone as much as possible and read things I normally wouldn’t. My book for July was a novel I’m shocked I hadn’t read yet: the classic Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.

I LOVE classic literature–Dickens, Austen, Bronte, and all the other “boring” things we had to read in school. I also LOVE classic films like Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. But I have never cared for classic noir-type films (think Humphrey Bogart), so I always assumed I would hate classic mystery novels. I just always connected the two mediums in my mind, never realizing how much the genre could truly differ.

Enter Agatha Christie into my life.

Murder on the Orient Express is undoubtedly Christie’s most recognized and celebrated work, though she wrote dozens of novels and stories. The story follows detective Hercule Poirot as he attempts to travel from Aleppo, Syria, to London for a case. Poirot boards the Orient Express with the help of his friend M. Bouc, who is director of the railway. Poirot and Bouc take the train along with 13 other passengers, one of whom is murdered. Poirot questions each passenger and discovers that they all have something to hide.

The reader is introduced to each character as Poirot meets them on the train. We see the mysterious relationship between Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot as well as the unscrupulous character of Ratchett, the murdered man. By the end of this book, you won’t know who to trust and will have a million different theories of how the murder could have happened.

This classic mystery kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I read it in a day and a half–even with a busy week working both jobs. For those of you like me who have no interest in reading a cheesy noir-type novel with a Humphrey Bogart protagonist, I highly recommend giving this one a try. It’s anything but cheesy and still holds up to today’s mystery and suspense standards. Thankfully, our library system is chock-full of Christie’s novels, so I will definitely be reading more of her work!




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