Murder on the Orient Express – A thrilling who-dun-it by Agatha Christie

Very few suspense novelists have the knack to play mind games with readers and Agatha Christie is one of them. After Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie is the only writer whose writing works in genre of suspense and mystery have been critically acclaimed worldwide. Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most popular who-dun-it thrillers by Agatha that has redefined the genre of suspense and thrill. The crime scene in this novel is a train named ‘Orient Express’.

Agatha Christie is the popular writer in Suspense genre

12 suspects, 1 detective are left stranded on Orient express which is stuck up due to snow. In this midst, a passenger named Ratchett is mysteriously stabbed to death in his compartment. Now the railway authorities seek the help of Poirot to intervene and solve this baffling mystery. As Poirot starts investigating, he discovers that the victim was once a kidnapper who had killed a baby girl – Daisy Armstrong after abducting her. Poirot starts interrogating each passenger on the train and to the shock he suspects that each passenger is hiding something from him. I won’t reveal the story more. Just read this novel and your wits will put to test. Especially the climax will leave you baffling. You will wonder ‘Oh I never thought in that way’.

An iconic pic of Detective Hercule Poirot. Actor David Suchet is popular for playing the Belgian Detective Poirot

What is so special about Agatha Christie’s suspense novels are that they play mind games with readers’ mind. Right from the opening sequence, Agatha Christie’s writings keep you spell bound and allow you to make your own assumptions about the crime thriller. In the climax, you will get a shocking jolt when you discover the identity of the killer. Agatha’s books are never an easy read. Agatha Christie’s character – Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot keeps a sharp gaze on every suspect through their mannerisms, communication and connects the dots that lead him to the real motive behind the murder of the kidnapper Ratchett. Buy this thriller and be a witness of the biggest crime committed on Orient Express. This is one of the baffling cases in series of Hercule Poirot Books.

Director Kenneth Branagh is coming up with fresh new movie adaption of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ which will feature big names in Hollywood portraying the role of suspects while Kenneth Branagh will play the role of Hercule Poirot. Johnny Depp will be seen as the victim Ratchett who is mysteriously murdered in the compartment of Orient Express.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘And there were none’ by Agatha Christie. Also check out ‘Death in the Clouds’ and ‘Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ by Agatha Christie.


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  1. Zoeb says:

    A superb and crisp review of one of the crowning accomplishments in the career of the one and only Agatha Christie. I loved the way how you, like the iconic novelist herself, kept the main twist out of bounds for the reader, egging her or him to discover the suspense and twists and turns of the plot on oneself.

    Christie’s inimitable style has left an influence on not only other suspense writers but also on film directors. We can feel her inspiration not only on the films of Hitchcock but also on unlikely films like ‘The Hateful Eight’ and ‘Gosford Park’ to name a few.

    The only Bollywood film that, I think, can match up to any Agatha Christie book would be Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Khamosh’.

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