🔍 Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie⁠

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”⁠

🚂 Let’s join Hercule Poirot and the other travellers in a journey full of suspense on the Orient Express. It’s during a snowdrift that Rachett, an American businessman, is found stabbed to death in his compartment. Will Poirot solve the murder? Mais bien sûr, mes amis!⁠

♥️ I liked:⁠
🚂 The setting. Since the first time I read this book, I’ve always wanted to travel on the Orient Express: it’s charming and elegant, the perfect setting for an intriguing and impossible to solve murder mystery.⁠
👨 The characters. Hercule Poirot is at his best here, you could almost hear his little Grey Cells working to find the culprit, focusing on apparently useless details that are fundamental to solve the crime. All the characters are very well described and developed, some more than others. I loved Mrs Hubbard, she is as annoying as one can get, but I loved her. I also found very intriguing Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot, maybe because they are the first characters to appear.⁠
🔪The whodunit. No spoilers, don’t worry: let’s just say that, the first time that I read it, I would have never guessed who the murderer was. There are so many plot twists, clues, suspects, alibis. Only Poirot could find sense to all of them. ⁠
🔚 The end. Poirot presents two solutions and Bouc decides which one they should tell the police… suspense! ⁠

🤔 I wasn’t so sure about:⁠
I missed Hastings, Ariadne Oliver, Inspector Japp: I don’t think M. Bouc lives up to Poirot’s usual sidekicks.⁠

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5 stars This is one of the cleverest mysteries that Agatha Christie wrote. ⁠
On a side note, if you want to watch the film, stick to the Albert Finney one: Kenneth Branagh should know that Poirot never fights or handle guns!⁠

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