This is my Murder on the Orient Express book review. It is written by Agatha Christie. Probably one of her most famous books and one of my all-time favourites. The main character is Hercule Poirot, the detective of the book.
Poirot takes the train from Syria to Istanbul, wanting to stay there for a few days. With him, there are only two other persons, Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot. Poirot listens to a conversation of theirs and it looks like they know each other, even though in front of others they acted like they are strangers.
Arriving at the hotel in Istanbul, however, he finds a telegram waiting for him. A case he’s involved with makes him leave for London. He takes the Simplon-Orient Express that departs this night. The train is full but with the help of the director of the railway, an old friend who will travel with him, he finds a place.
At the breakfast, next morning Ratchett, a co-traveller asks for his services. He has been threatened and he wants Poirot to help him. Poirot, however, doesn’t like him so he refuses.
Next day, the train has stuck due to bad weather and Ratchett is found dead. The director asks for Poirot’s help to solve the murder. Dr. Constantine examines the body and concludes that Ratchett was killed between midnight and two in the morning by multiple stabs.
Poirot talks to everyone, one by one, trying to find out what they know and realises that there are a lot of hidden secrets. Yet they all have an alibi and not from the people anyone would expect. Evidence left behind that don’t lead to anything and half-descriptions that don’t match anyone on the train.
But still, one of them is the murderer. But which one…?
- Hercule Poirot
Do I even have to explain who he is?
A man with an unpleasant face and cruel eyes. He died on the second night of the travel.
- Mary Debenham
She’s very calm and cool. She had a conversation with Colonel Arbuthnot that made Poirot suspicious.
- Colonel Arbuthnot
He’s polite but strong-willed. Poirot hears him talking with Mary Debenham calling her by her first name, thus making him suspicious, because there was little familiarity between them in front of others.
- Mrs. Hubbard
She talks a lot and she has a very good heart. She heard the killer going through her compartment after the murder.
- Princess Dragomiroff
She ‘s a Russian princess, rich and old but intelligent with a strong personality.
- Hector McQueen
The first night he lived with Poirot in the same berth. He has been Ratchett’s secretary for a year. That’s why he’s the one who found the threatening letters to Ratchett in his correspondence.
- Count Andrenyi
He has a diplomatic passport. Even though his wife and he could be excluded from the search – when they were searching everyone’s things for clues – due to diplomatic immunity, he was helpful. He is very protective of his wife.
- Countess Andrenyi
She has a diplomatic passport as her husband. Described as exotic and beautiful. She took some medication to sleep the night of the murder.
- Cyrus Hardman
A travelling salesman for typewriting ribbons. It is revealed that he is actually a private detective, hired by Ratchett to protect him. He confirmed that no one got into the coach except the ones whose rooms are on it.
- Antonio Foscarelli
He’s an agent for motor cars. He talks a lot and often he gets out of the subject.
- Edward Masterman
Very polite and obedient, he is Ratchett’s valet.
- Greta Ohlsson
A trained nurse, she works as a matron in a missionary school near Istanbul.
- Hildegarde Schmidt
She’s Princess Dragomiroff’s maid. A very nice, sweet woman.
- Pierre Michel
He’s the Conductor of the Orient Express.
A director of the railway and Poirot’s friend. He asks from Poirot to help solve the case. He believes Foscarelli is the murderer because he distrusts Italians.
- Dr. Constantine
He examined the body and gave his medical opinion about the murder.
My favourite character is Mrs. Hubbard. Not only because she’s a very lovely and kindhearted woman, but also because of her attitude when everything came to light.
Why I love this book
- It’s very well-written so it’s very easy to get lost in the story.
- I think the end is pretty surprising and that’s all I’m going to say about it.
- I love the dynamics between the characters, suspects or not.
- First time I read about this book, it was during English lessons. The bad thing was that it was a summary, so it revealed the killer. Seriously???
For more Crime Mystery novels, check my list!
If you ‘ve already read this, I ‘d like to know how you liked it. If you haven’t and you have questions, ask me and I’ll answer.
Please before any major spoiler, write SPOILER ALERT. We don’t want to destroy it for others!
Don’t forget to have fun!!!