Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
(summary from bookcover)
While en route from Syria to Paris, in the middle of a freezing winter's night, the Orient Express is stopped dead in its tracks by a snowdrift. Passengers awake to find the train still stranded and to discover that a wealthy American has been brutally stabbed to death in his private compartment. Incredibly, that compartment is locked from the inside. With no escape into the wintery landscape the killer must still be on board! Fortunately, the brilliant Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot is also on board, having booked the last available berth. He launches an immediate and urgent investigation into this vexing crime--for which each of the thirteen other passengers seems to have a motive.
Being a HUGE mystery fan, I really enjoyed this book. I'd seen the film version, but as all good readers know, the book is always better. The 1930's and 1940's have always intrigued me and I love stories set in those decades. Agatha Christie is a master at developing the characters and slowly unfolding the mystery. I love the twists and turns--a mystery that I can figure out halfway through is no real mystery at all and is very disappointing. Agatha Christie never disappoints for a good read!
Over the past year I've been picking up the re-released hardbacks published by Black Dog & Leventhal. The price is reasonable and they're a great addition to the family library.
For more book reviews with the Spring Reading Thing 2008, go here! Happy reading!