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Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A 'respectable American gentleman' lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside . . . Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment -- and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.

Topics: Istanbul, 1930s, Series, Adventurous, Suspenseful, Crime, Murder, Trains, Journeys, Private Investigators, Made into a Movie, Revenge, Tense, 20th Century, Female Author, and British Author

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 28, 2003
ISBN: 9780061753824
List price: $5.99
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While I very much enjoyed reading this book, I have to say that I was a little disappointed by the way everything unfolded in the end. Not to say that the end was unsensational, but rather that I found it a bit too far-fetched for my liking, and whereas I found the characters believable throughout the novel, I just couldn't suspend my disbelief anymore come the lifting of the veil in the final chapters. A second reading having the information I now have may demonstrate Christie's subtlety in writing each of the characters both under their guise and within their overarching connection, but while a quick read, I won't be reading the book again anytime soon to find out.

I do still recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and fun read, but I do not hold this novel in the high esteem that so many others seem to.read more
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I finished this book over lunch, and probably would've given it 3 stars until the last chapter or two. I thought the last pat of the book was intriguing, so I bumped up my rating for this one.read more
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While I very much enjoyed reading this book, I have to say that I was a little disappointed by the way everything unfolded in the end. Not to say that the end was unsensational, but rather that I found it a bit too far-fetched for my liking, and whereas I found the characters believable throughout the novel, I just couldn't suspend my disbelief anymore come the lifting of the veil in the final chapters. A second reading having the information I now have may demonstrate Christie's subtlety in writing each of the characters both under their guise and within their overarching connection, but while a quick read, I won't be reading the book again anytime soon to find out.

I do still recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and fun read, but I do not hold this novel in the high esteem that so many others seem to.
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I finished this book over lunch, and probably would've given it 3 stars until the last chapter or two. I thought the last pat of the book was intriguing, so I bumped up my rating for this one.
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Kennedy. although Frederick`s comment is impressive, on thursday I got themselves a Renault 5 from having made $5135 this-past/five weeks and in excess of $10,000 last month. no-doubt about it, this really is the easiest work I have ever had. I began this 8-months ago and pretty much straight away started making a nice over $75, per hour. his comment is here http://www.wep6.com
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My first Agatha Christie story (in any media) listened to via the BBC 4 Dramatization starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot and full cast (2007). First, the production is first class all the way, sounds effects, music, each person a separate voice etc.. it was like a movie. The script adaption is good enough I was able to follow the story. The clues were impossible to decipher, perhaps by design, but it became clear towards the end who the guilty party was (and there was one giant clue at the start that should have been enough to figure it out). The acting by John Moffatt was remarkable, I would listen to more of these just to hear him speak. Light fare but entertaining.
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Hercule Poirot has is suddenly called back to London from Stamboul (Istanbul) and takes passage on the Orient Express. The first class section is unusually full for a winter passage with an eclectic mix of nationalities and class and a snow storm will play a major role in the case.The murder of an American, who is discovered to be traveling under a false identity, sets the stage for an 'impossible' case for Poirot--his favorite kind. The victim has been stabbed twelve times, some with tremendous force and some just barely, some obviously left-handed, others right-handed.Too many convenient clues and red herrings seem to drive the investigation, yet once Poirot sits down to silently 'think it out' and arrives at a satisfactory conclusion.
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