Murder on the Orient Express | 5 star review
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Also in this series: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
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?
Murder on the Orient Express was the film I really wanted to watch on the plane over to our honeymoon, so it was a bit of a rush job, I ended up finishing it the day before we left for Orlando. I think this might just be my favourite Poirot book so far. I loved the collection of characters and the way the story ended up playing out. I will say which isn’t technically book related that I wasn’t massively impressed with the film. I thought that Poirot for a start was too tall and the way he looked just didn’t fit with how I saw the detective or how I thought he had been described. It was a shame because I was so looking forward to watching it, but he just didn’t fit.
I think the ending of this book is the most important part, the reveal and the resolution is one of my favourites, and my heart broke. The scenario you read about and the one in which Poirot is faced with is not one that anyone would like to face, or make a decision on. I could feel myself sympathising with the murderer which is always a bizarre change of events especially with the Poirot books because their usually cut and dry. This one not so much, which was a lovely change, and I think that’s what makes this book one of my favourites.
I also think the characters in this particular story were deeper and seemed to have a lot more about them than the previous stories. I think the way everything turns out and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but I think that is the real triumph with the characters and the way they pull together at the end. It really put Murder on the Orient Express ahead of all the other books. This book really resonated with me because of the characters, I particularly enjoyed the description and impression that was given of Ratchett, the way it was told and described was really well done.
I definitely think that the Poirot books are going to just keep getting better and better. Unless they become something completely different than what they currently are I will continue to recommend them to whoever asks! I love them that much and I can’t speak highly of them enough. They are quickly becoming my favourite go-to series to read.
Is there a series that continues to blow you away? Let me know what it is in the comments, I love finding new must reads!