TITLE: Murder on the Orient Express
AUTHOR: Agatha Christie
PUBLISHER: Collins Crime Club
Quote: “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
Overview: You probably know the setup. Private eye Hercule Poirot is on the Orient Express when a blizzard causes the train to stop in the middle of the night. Of course, there’s a murder. M. Poirot must figure out who committed it and why by questioning each and every passenger on the train. In classic Agatha Christie fashion, the truth isn’t quite as obvious as it may seem.
Analysis: As you might expect, or already know, damn this was good. Agatha Christie truly is the Queen of Mystery. This book is one of the most classic whodunnits and it never gets old. Hercule Poirot is a perfectly lovable detective and each and every passenger on the train seems innocent and guilty at certain times throughout the book. Christie also questions the meaning of innocence and guilt throughout the book, and whether certain people are deserving of their ends. This is one of those “everyone needs to read this” novels. A true classic that will never be overshadowed.
Conclusion: Beautifully written, intriguing, classic. Read it.