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Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This is a textbook for crime novels and I am not kidding.

Considered one of the best books of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot detective series, Murder on the orient express is a guide on how to write a crime novel. Even the chapters are named as evidence of A, evidence of B as such. Chapters are so perfectly planned that they urge you to know what happened next.

Hercule Poirot boards on Orient express which runs from Istanbul to London. On second day morning a passenger lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Murder on the orient express
Murder on the orient express

Agatha Christie plays with stereotypes well. She keeps Hercule Poirot short and ugly so that when we read his deductions we understand that appearances do not determine who we are. She also uses rockstars, cops, young women and old women to blend us into her narrative and then reveals who they truly are.

The novel is full of twists and turns. It keeps us guessing and challenges our perception on murderers, revenge and relations.

By the way I read this in a train which is truly fascinating.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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