Hercule Poirot, Book # 11
January 1st 1934
December 16, 2021 December 18, 2021
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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks as it travels through the mountainous Balkans. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year but, by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.
One of the passengers is none other than detective Hercule Poirot. On vacation.
Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again.
About the book
Last review of 2021, I still have a read book that I need to review but I will post it in the new year.
We are on the famous train that has inspired directors and screenwriters so much. Perhaps it is the best known book by Agatha in the world, but is it worth it? Is its notoriety justified?
Poirot is travelling with other passengers when the train stops due to snow. In addition, a passenger was killed during the night. Was it someone from outside or is there a killer on the train?
What I think
As mentioned, I don’t think this is Agatha’s best book, but tastes are tastes. I do not know if it is because, while I am reading the book, I discuss it with my father, since as mentioned, he has seen all the films and therefore knows how things are going (and finally I can discuss the books I read with someone in my family even if not directly – since he doesn’t read books), but I’ve always found out how things turn out in the last few books I’ve read.
Here, of course, there is a twist and perhaps that is why it is the author’s most famous book, but I honestly disagree or rather, I’m not satisfied. I was prepared that the ending was “unsatisfactory” but I hoped the book would be more exhaustive than the film (not that I’ve seen it, I was told it’s unsatisfactory).
Perhaps it is the book that interested me the least even if I must admit that I liked all the interrogations.
Happy New Year everyone!