Series: Hercule Poirot #10
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On a three-day journey through the snowbound Balkan hills, Hercule Poirot must weed through an array of international suspects to find the passenger who murdered a gangster on the Orient Express.
I have a lot of Agatha Christie books but I just never got around to them. Why? I just don’t know. I read that they are doing a new movie for this one later this year and so it caught my eye. I realised I already had a copy and so I downloaded to my Kindle and I finished it in 3 sittings. As you know by now, that’s pretty fast for me. A whole book normally takes me about 2 weeks.
Why did I wait so long to read an Agatha Christie?? This book was amazing. It was so elegantly written and it kept me guessing the whole time. In the end it didn’t work out at all how I expected.
There were a few things that bugged me which is why I can’t give it a 5 star. Like, the author uses way too many french terms or phrases. I know they are speaking French, but I own an English copy and I don’t speak French. Those mostly went over my head except for the few I know already like ‘mon cher’.
[note: I started writing this review almost a week ago but things just haven’t been going my way and so I am just getting around to finishing it.]
This was a rather short story, taking place over only few days. Mr. Poirot interviews all the passengers (who were in the area during the time the crime was committed) but none of them seem to be guilty at first glance. Someone has to be lying, but really it’s much more interesting than that. This kind of reminds me a an episode of Scooby Doo where you are totally clueless but somehow Velma seems to have all the clues handed to her. It was cute but the plot twist was one I did not see coming.
Of course, there are some cliques and so forth in this book but I am reviewing it like I would had I read it back when it was originally published. I don’t think it’s fair to judge a book by today’s expectations. I see so many people do that, and to me, it’s rather pointless since the author couldn’t possibly know what today’s readers want.
Mystery lovers will definitely love this one. It’s shocking, mysterious and quick.