Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poroit #10)
By: Agatha Christie
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
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?
How is it that I’ve never read a Hercule Poroit novel before? Been meaning to for the longest time–and indeed I only got around to reading a book by Agatha Christie maybe a year or two ago–but yeah, it wasn’t until previews for the 2017 adaptation were playing that I decided to finally check out the book (which by the way I still haven’t seen the movie. If I do check out an adaptation it will likely be the David Suchet one as my family’s told me his Poroit is on point *thumbs up*).
I read this book around…Christmas or January so the details of my reactions are a little hazy, but despite of the slimness of the volume I did try my best to just savour the story and really keep my eyes peeled for any hints as to who the murderer was on board the Orient Express. It’s quite clinical in the breakdown of the events and the way that Poroit went about investigating and approaching the various individuals who were onboard at the time. Agatha Christie has already solidified my impression of her being the queen of mystery set in a confined space, really forcing characters to confront each other and thoughtfully work their way out of the situation. Definitely not light reading per se but at the same time it’s wholly engaging and engrossing.
All of the characters were interesting, pretty distinct, with their own motivations and little characteristics that make you wonder if they were they killer or not. And then of course there’s Poroit himself. He sounds like a caricature with his short stature, distinct nose, well-defined mustache, and peculiarities. But he’s aso pretty thorough and very observant and it was interesting to read and follow his thought processes through.
Did I anticipate the resolution of the story? I admit, it was a possibility that I considered but it sort of lingered in the background of my thoughts. Nonetheless the journey to that answer was interesting. Overall I greatly enjoyed reading Murder on the Orient Express and look forward to reading another mystery featuring Hercule Poroit in the future 🙂