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Murder on the Orient Express

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Christie, Agatha - Murder on the Orient Express (1934) aka Murder in the Calais Coach


Review by Nick Fuller


This legendary classic, ranking at the very top of the form with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Lord Edgware Dies, Death on the Nile, Ten Little Niggers, Evil under the Sun, Five Little Pigs, Towards Zero and The Pale Horse, shows Christie at the top of her powers. The ingredients, as rich and rare as saffron, include the glamorous setting of the Orient Express, with the magic conjured up by the simple words "The Orient Express had started on its three-days' journey across Europe"; the splendid gallery of gargoyles, including an ugly Russian Princess and her German maid, a pair of Hungarian aristocrats, a Swedish missionary, and an American matron, are all splendidly observed; the monstrous nature of the victim, an American gangster responsible for the Armstrong tragedy (based on the Lindbergh kidnapping case); Poirot's masterly detection (his search of the victim's room, the serial interviewing, and the serial unmasking of the Armstrong connections); and the final revelation of a solution utterly surprising yet not straining belief too much, and which could not be improved upon. Masterpiece.


See also: http://onlydetect.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/agatha-christie-murder-on-the-orient-express-1934/


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