Dust off your Classics : Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

July 13, 2015 Book review, Dust off Your Classics 31 ★★★★

Once upon a time there were two bookworms who wanted to read Classics.  But they were afraid, a little intimidated and needed encouragement.  So they joined forces and formed the Dust off your Classics challenge to support each other.  Dee from Dee Read’s and myself read our way through some good classics, some great classics and found so much in these books that is surprisingly still relevant.  So much so that I want to continue reading them and will continue to share my thoughts here on any I get through.


This time around I’m dusting off one of my beloved Agatha Christie novels and giving you five reasons why you might considering dusting it off too.


Dust off your Classics : Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha ChristieMurder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot, #10
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on 2 Jan 1934
Genres: Classic, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 347
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...

Five Classic Reasons to dust off and read Murder on the Orient Express :

The old fashioned opulent setting of the Orient Express. The descriptions don’t sound very luxurious by today’s standards but it still screams romance and elegance and travel and adventure. A trip is well outside my budget but at least I can journey via this book.

Poirot! Need I say more! I really enjoy this witty, vain moustached detective whose brain runs rings around mine! I empathise with all the other characters as I can never keep up with him either.

The eclectic mix of characters.   There is such a variety of passengers on board and establishing who they all are and why they are onboard is a huge part of the plot.

“All around us are people, of all classes, of all nationalities, of all ages.”

There is a map of where all the cabins are situated and who slept in each. I love quirky extras like this and I poured over it trying to solve the mystery. Unsuccessfully!

The plot. The reason I love all Dame Christies books, they are skilfully plotted with mysterious but not obvious foreshadowing and zillions of red herrings. My status at 76%:

“I got nothing!”

I have yet to solve one but I’ll keep trying!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie?

Simple maths! If 3 or more of my reasons have caught your attention, then I think you need to make a date with this book, pronto 🙂


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31 Responses to “Dust off your Classics : Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie”

    • trish

      I know I definitely want to reread it someday. Knowing the ending (if I remember it!) would be a plus as then I’ll really appreciate the early clues.

  1. Lark

    This is the Agatha Christie I really want to read this year! It’s one of her most famous, and I’ve never read it … yet. Love your review. I can never solve Christie’s mysteries either. 🙂 Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one.
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    • trish

      It is one of her most famous and I can see why. From the setting to the plot, it’s such a typical AC book. Love it!

    • trish

      I never read them when I was younger as I dismissed them as dry! But they aren’t, I love how clever they are! Well worth revisiting 🙂

  2. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    I love books with maps! It’s so great to see you reading an author that you discovered through this challenge! It makes me want to read a more contemporary book when I get to my next pick. I also wanna pick back up Woman In White as I keep thinking about it and what happens (even though that was like two years ago haha!)
    I love eclectic mix of characters too! Someday I’ll have to read Agatha Christie. Definitely on my book bucket list of authors to read before I die lmao 🙂

    • trish

      I think this is my 4th AC now since the first one I read. Jane Austen and AC are the two writers that I’m really happy that I found on our challenge. I’m back with The Handmaiden’s Tale now again, I put it aside for a bit. But I’m LOVING it, I know it isn’t that old (in classic terms) but it’s a forerunner for so many dystopia books that I felt it fitted our challenge. Plus our challenge, our rules! 😀

    • trish

      The PC game sounds fun, I think I’d like that! I haven’t reread an AC yet but I can see how that would happen.

    • trish

      Don’t worry I was so behind on my Classics too! But I’ve gotten through 2 lately which makes me very happy!

  3. Topaz @ Six Impossible Things

    I picked up “And Then There were None” from a used bookshop ages ago, but I never actually got around to reading it – which is a shame, because I’ve heard such wonderful things about Agatha Christie’s work! (I’m such a Sherlock Holmes buff, as well, so I think this will be right up my alley. ;)) Thank you so much for the lovely review, Trish – I’m reading this ASAP.
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    • trish

      You should dust it off Topaz! AC is such a cunning writer and is the queen is red herrings! Hope you have better luck solving it than I did :O

    • trish

      From the books I’ve read so far, I would definitely put those two top of the list too. And it’s easy to se why they are so famous.

    • trish

      LOL yes definitely against women but I have never noticed the Italian slight! I’ll watch out for that :O

  4. Cayce

    Ahhh, this post makes me want to dust off something Agatha Christie, it’s been way too long since I’ve read one of her masterpieces.

    “have yet to solve one but I’ll keep trying!” – lol, same here
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  5. Wattle

    I really need to read an Agatha Christie novel, I own one. What I really need is clones of myself so I can read ten books at once and retain all the information 😛

    Could this be read as a standalone, even though it’s a fair way into the Poirot series? I hate reading things out of order, but if it doesn’t have any affect on anything, I’m willing to give it a shot 😛
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    • trish

      I’ve read all these out of order and it makes no difference at all. Previous books are never referred to and so I just consider them all companion books rather than a series.
      When you find out how to read 10 books at once be sure and let me know! I’d pay for that skill :O

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