Written By: Agatha Christie
Published By: Colins Crime Club
Page Count: 315
Release Date: January 1st, 1935
Link to Purchase (Amazon)
That’s right baby! Its time to talk about one of the finest works from the Queen of Mystery herself! The story that spawned numerous ‘murder on a train’ stories.
Be honest. You’ve written one. Or at least you’ve thought of doing so. I know I have.
‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is one of my favorite Christie novels. It has some of the best characters in any of her novels, all of whom play a great part in one of her strongest, most well-constructed mysteries. It is one of the strongest murder mysteries of all time, and it will remain so for all time.
Sorry if I’ve already blown the surprise. But if you expected me to call this any less than a masterpiece, then I’m insulted. Did you really think that my tastes are so shit?
Well… I have gone on record saying that I find enjoyment from ‘Fairy Tail’. So maybe you weren’t far off.
Plot: The Killer is On the Train
Don’t worry. I’m not going to spoil an eighty-four year old book. But you should seriously go read it.
This, much like most of Christie’s work, is deceptively simple. On a broader scope, it is super easy to follow and understand. But the finer details is where it becomes deceptive, surprising, and intriguing.
The basic plot is incredibly simple. When a man is found dead on the Orient Express, ace detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case and find the killer. I could not possibly describe that any better.
Its the finer details where the mystery becomes more… mysterious. The cast of characters is huge, and each one has a tremendous amount of depth. Any one of them could be the killer! And just when you think “Oh, that mother fucker totally killed that dude!”, bam! Christie takes you for a ride, revealing that they did not in fact murder that man for reasons a, b and c.
Which leads us nicely into:
Voice: Long Lived the Queen
Agatha Christie is the Queen of Mystery for a reason. Several, in fact. Chief among them being her absolutely incredible creative voice.
She is extremely light on the details. More often than not, the only details you’ll get are a) what the character looks like, b) how the character was brutally murdered in the middle of the night and c) the relevant clues on the scene of the crime. Not one word is misplaced or unnecessary. Pay close attention: miss one word, and you may miss the killer.
Her creative voice is absolutely perfect for a mystery story. In a fantasy or some other genre, the lack of detail would drag the story down, at least in a small regard. But in a mystery? It is absolutely perfect.
Physical Qualities: So Light For a Story So Heavy
In terms of physical make, this book is pretty solid. Its light, durable, and easy to read. Its a solid book off the print.
The text size is large enough to comfortable read. The pages are solid and thick, making them easy to work with without ripping them apart (y’know, if you’re a fucking gorilla like I am). The physical experience of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is great.
Though I have little doubt that a solid narrator wouldn’t worsen the experience. But in the series about reviewing books, I do need to occasionally talk about a book. Like one I got from a book store and shit.
I think you can see where I’m going with this.
I’d highly recommend Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. It is one of the finest pieces of mystery writing ever made. If you are even remotely interested in the genre, you owe it to yourself to read this one.
And all of Christie’s works. But those are rants for other days.