Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ten Books I Thought I'd Never Read: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie

 Summary of Murder on the Orient Express from Goodreads...

"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."

Well, I thought at page 163 that I had the whole thing figured out.  I must admit that I was very, very wrong.  I really liked the book though, and I'm absolutely positive that I will read more Christie books.  As a matter of fact there is a list titled, "The Agatha Christie Collection" at the beginning of the book, and I plan to read them all. 

The Agatha Christie Collection (Listed in Murder on the Orient Express)

4:50 From Paddington
A Caribbean Mystery
A Murder Is Announced
After the Funeral
Appointment with Death
At Bertram's Hotel
Cat Among the Pigeons
Death on the Nile
Evil Under the Sun
Five Little Pigs
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Murder at the Vicarage
Murder in the Mesopotamia
*Murder on the Orient Express
Peril at End House
Sad Cypress
The A.B.C. Murder
The Body in the Library
The Hollow
The Moving Finger
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Mystery of the Blue Train
The Tuesday Club Murders

If you like the detective in Murder on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot, you will be happy to know that there are lots more Agatha Christie books starring this funny Belgian.  If you want to read more about them click HERE.

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott.  I'll definitely be checking those out!

In 1974 a movie version of the book came out.  It was nominated for and won many awards including an Oscar.


It had a star studded cast including: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, and many more.


If you are interested in the present day Orient Express you can visit their website by clicking HERE.  You'll find pictures of the trains, layouts of the rooms, and maps of where it travels.

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