Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) by Agatha Christie

Friday, January 5, 2018

Title: Murder on the Orient Express

Series: Hercule Poirot #10

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre: Adult Classic, Murder Mystery, Crime, Fiction

Publication Date: September 1st 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published January 1st 1934)

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library


What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?

Ahh yes I finally read an Agatha Christie book after hearing raving reviews about her novels, and it will most definitely won't be my last book that I will read by Agatha Christie too! I absolutely and thoroughly love and enjoy this amazing book so much. This book is part of the Hercule Poirot series and it is the tenth book of the series, but I do think it is ok to read this book as a stand-alone. But I will tell you that I will read the first books of the Hercule Poirot series, because I have a really good feeling that I will love and enjoy this series as a whole. Now of course I don't want to go into any details about this fantastic book, because I don't want to give out any spoilers to anybody. But I will tell you this book had me guessing on who the actual killer was until the very epic reveal at the ending of Murder on the Orient Express! And I will tell you all I so didn't see that twist of the revelation at that ending, oh my, my, my, it caught me right off guard. I mean the clues and puzzle pieces were right in my face while I was reading the book, but I so didn't see or connected the dots from the very beginning. I was in utter shock and astonish when Hercule Poirot could connect all the pieces to the puzzle in just a few hours just wow! I will tell you all when the true killer was reveal at the end I was completely surprise and absolutely amaze on who the culprit was! I really didn't see that shocking revelation coming. I absolutely love when an author surprises me like that in their books! Mrs. Agatha Christie has done a well done job of surprising and shocking me all at once! Now I am so ready too watch the film when it comes out in dvd, I have already heard amazing raving reviews about the film. All and all I absolutely and utterly love and enjoy this book so much that I can't wait to continue on reading more books by Agatha Christie in the near future!

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.

During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.

On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.

Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.

In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.

In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.

Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.

Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral. "Abney became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.

During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.

To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande



  1. Awesome! I recently picked up a copy of this one and it will be my first read by her as well! I can't wait to dive in!

    1. It really is an fantastic book, I really did love and enjoy this book. I hope you enjoy Agatha Christie book Erica. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Erica.

  2. I've wanted to read this book for a while (especially now as I like to read the book before watching an adaptation), it's just finding the time with my huge TBR list. Is it wrote in old fashioned language though? - I tried reading some Charles Dickens work and struggled with the language.

    1. I think it does have some old fashioned language in it, but I am used to it because I started getting into reading classics since last year. But I started reading classic through audio, because I had the same problem with struggling with old fashioned language. And reading classics through audio has help me immensely not to struggle with classic books. Maybe try reading classics books through audio and see if it helps you with the struggle of old fashioned language perhaps? Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.