Murder on the Orient Express

Cori’s Pick: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I have a confession.  This is the first Agatha Christie book I have ever read…in  my life.  She is the best-selling novelist in history, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.  She is the ‘Queen of Crime’.  Needless to say, this was a long-overdue read.  November 10, the highly anticipated film based on Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express will hit theaters and I plan on putting it to the test with my theory that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie…I’ll keep you posted.  For now, all I can review is the book which I can only describe as a scrumptious morsel of mystery.  A snowstorm brings the famous Orient Express to a standstill on the tracks and in the meantime a millionaire is found dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, under suspicious conditions.  So one of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.  Detective Hercule Poirot systemically leads us through the crime, the interviews, the evidence, and the scenarios – including plenty of diversions and of course, a surprising conclusion.  This was such a satisfying read, a straightforward ‘whodunnit’ with a full cast of suspects and plenty of diversions.  This will certainly not be the last Agatha Christie book I read, and with her 66 detective novels, there are plenty to choose from.

Orient Express