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lindy
Never read an Agatha Christie novel but was inspired to purchase one from watching a Doctor Who episode. I purchased the 1960s hardcover edition and it looks like it got here from a time machine itself. The cover, inside binding, and pages look brand new. Very happy
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traci
A suicide and a murder in a small English village brings Hercule Poirot out of retirement. Is the heir Ralh Patton really the murderer? Or is it the butler? All the usual suspects populate this fantastic novel.
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maya mathias
Note: This is the first Agatha Christie book I've ever read, and I have not seen any of the film or TV adaptations.

This classic murder mystery takes place on a stranded train in the 1930s. Legendary detective Hercule Poirot considers the clues, interviews the passengers, and cogitates, ultimately solving the mystery by throwing some spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. The solution, while interesting, was almost absurdly implausible, and the book is written in such a way that the reader has no chance at all of deducing it on their own. M. Poirot holds us at arm's length and will not let us in on much of what he's thinking.

The writing style is dry and bland. I kept having to look up translations for all the French phrases bandied about. The plot, such as it is, offers virtually no dramatic tension; I would expect at least *some* sense of urgency in a murder mystery tale. The character development is shallow and leans on ethnic stereotypes to a disturbing degree -- possibly a consequence of there being too many characters to begin with. Our hero is arrogant, pompous, and unlikeable. At least the book is relatively short.

This just goes to show that a famous title does not guarantee a good story, even if it's by a celebrated writer. I understand that other Christie books are better.

I'm giving this two stars, because I did really like a climactic reveal involving one of the characters. It's not worth reading the whole book for, though. I would not recommend this unless you feel you must read it in order to achieve complete genre literacy.
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steph oulton
We read this in my Classics & Banned Fiction book club. It was my first foray into Christie's world and I was surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed this mystery novel. Christie is a gifted writer and this one will keep you guessing to the very end.
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trinaa prasad
Hercule Poirot (one of the lead characters of this book) is at his best, as a detective, only second to Sherlock Holmes, the most admired and appreciated fictious detective! A must read for suspense loving readers. A short read, hence, there is no reason for anyone to miss it.
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gloria tan
"The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" is one of the best books I have read the month. Christie's witty dialogue and character development are sure to keep any reader amused throughout the entire story, but her surprise ending is utterly unpredictable This book is the epitome of a good murder mystery.
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fenda
The book was delivered on time and in great condition, which was important since I used it for a school assignment. The story itself was also very good and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.
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jinny webber
Great book, TERRIBLE COPY. This has to be some kind of copyright infringement. No kidding—there are spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes throughout the whole book. The punctuation (quotation marks, when to begin new paragraphs, etc) is so bad that it’s really difficult to tell which character is talking when.

Read the book. But don’t buy this copy of it.
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vjrwatercolor
In my opinion, you can't do better than David Suchet narrating wouldPoirot story or novel. He does a good job on general narration and other character voices as well. This book is a classic I would recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery.
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nicola smith
Cannot beat her mysteries and this is probably her best known work. A retread for my book club, delightful!
Matched it up with a viewing of the movie with Albert Finney in the lead. Characters are well drawn and complex. Enough red herrings to keep you challenged all the way to the end.
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kat hewes
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a brilliantly conceived and written novel. Absolutely gripping from start to finish, and impossible to fathom as each new turn of the tale shifts the reader's perspective on the situation. If you like Agatha Christie you must read this one, a true masterpiece.
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thetick
If you are a fan of Hercule Poirot, you will enjoy this mystery. Even if you are not, the surprising twist is still worth the read. An unusual literary device is used quite effectively. Can't say any more without spoiling!
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westbrook
I am a big fan of crime books and i find this book as one of the fabulous read. Agatha christie is one hell of a genious writer. The way she describes each character is some thing that ONLY she can do. No one can expect the story ending and i find it amazing.
Thanks Christie :)
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anne law
Undoubtedly one of Agatha Christies most famous works. Never lose interest reading it multiple times. Highly recommended for those tired of reading the new genre of murder mysteries that get too gory and lengthy. Since this is a Kindle edition if you wish to read it on a long flight remember to download it before you board the plane. It'll keep you occupied for a trans-continental flight. Everything takes place on a journey on the legendary Orient Express train ride.
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emma scholes
Not much I can really say -- Classic Poirot, classic Christie. Re-reading this novel was like comfortably sitting by a winter's fire in your favorite slippers, with a hot cup of chocolate, and perusing a favored scrapbook.
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tegwyn
The characters are all intriguing, the story moves at a good pace, and it has a neat ending.

I'd recommend Murder on the Orient Express to anybody. You don't have to be a mystery lover to enjoy this book.
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shabnam sedaghat
Having been a fan of the AC films and never having read a book this was recommended by Goodreads. Written from an interesting perspective and all the usual suspects and red herrings, it didn't disappoint.
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merle saferstein
I just read this book - then immediately reread the whole thing from the beginning! I think it stands alongside And Then There Were None as Dame Agatha's finest work. A devilishly crafty whodunit, decades ahead of its time - and so controversial in 1926 that Christie was threatened with expulsion from a mystery writers' society for having written it! If you read only one Hercule Poirot mystery, make it this one ... and prepare for a wild ride.
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jessi
I'd heard about this book my entire adult life, but had never read it. It is a classic. I did see part of the movie once, but didn't remember much about it.The story seems a little corny when compared to the mystery stories of today's writers, but it still is very well written and enjoyable to read. Some of the detective conclusions seem to make jumps in logic that reminded me of the old Sherlock Holmes stories. I highly recommend the book.
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emily ann meyer
ok, how does one 'criticize' Agatha Christie? not by me certainly. my only moment of irritation was when there was suggestion that the butler actually did it. Thank goodness we got past that possibility, which i think was a ploy to bring a touch of comic relief. Poirot was in command of the investigation and little by little brought the reader into his confidence. While Poirot knew who the culprit to be, his challenge was to find a chain of evidence that would prove his conclusions. It was a fun read and i for one enjoyed the opaque plot.
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michael duggan
This is a pretty classic murder mystery novel. Murder happens, evidence is reviewed, people are interviewed, and the detective solves. The writing was generally easy to follow and the ending was certainly interesting! I won't include any spoilers, but it wasn't how I thought it would end. I love a good twist!

It's actually the first true murder mystery novel I've read, so I was pretty pleased. That said, I do wish I could have been able to solve the mystery on my own. In order to do that, it seems I would have had to know some facts that were impossible for me to know (because it's based around another fictional story, which we only receive little information on). Otherwise, worth a read, as it's a very highly regarded book.
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ali winter
While the opening & set up were unique enough, the dreaded "sagging middle," was made worse by dragging out endless Q&A "interviews" with train passengers to gather clues & identify suspects. This read much like a dry police transcript. The whole thing became more garbled due to an unusually large cast of characters, making it hard to follow. In the end, I found the big reveal to be completely implausible.
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tamika
Lots of fun, I've read this many times. Her mysteries can get a bit tedious as the search for clues goes on and everyone is a suspect. Then the final scene where you learn the truth. There is an unusual twist to this story that is surprising and one you'll not forget. So sure, I knew the ending before I read it again, but so what, I love the Poirot character, well done on TV too.
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rebekah caldwell
I'm an Agatha Christie fan and am slowly replacing my extensive hardback collection to my Kindle. I also love that I don't have to worry about graphic details concerning violence or obscene language. The extent of the violence is someone is killed, but it's never described in details. Also, sexual content is limited to kissing and perhaps, as in all mysteries, there maybe hints of affairs - but no descriptions.
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gil bradshaw
This is the second book I have read by her, both times I thought I had it all figured out but she put the perfect red herrings in place to push me in the other direction. Any mystery fan should read this and her other books.
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nikole boyda mcguinness
Picked up this famous novel after reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The latter was better, but the former was no slouch. Dame Christie is reported to one of the best selling authors in the world. It's easy to see how she rose to fame with novels like the two listed here. It's not a long, but it is definitely an entertaining ride on the Orient Express.
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hedgemon
I love trying to figure out the whodunnit and Agatha Christie does it pretty well. After watching the TV series, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had stuck pretty well to the book, with a few changes.
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karen merullo
This book was interesting, and the end actually surprised me which doesn't happen a lot! Also nice to read a book where there isn't a lot of cussing/smut. Would definitely recommend this to friends and even teens.
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charles egeland
As I said elsewhere I am not a Hercule Poirot fan. I bought it because this was made into a movie. But unlike my experience with Death on the Nile. I could not get into this book. I saw the movie but I could not hear them or see them as I read. It was different.
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lois sanders
In this classic murder mystery, we find the famed detective Hercules Poirot trying to solve the puzzle of all puzzles after a passenger is murdered most brutally, on the orient express. I will not delve into the details of this book because if you have not read it, the ending is stunning and quite unbelievable. Agatha Christie at her best.
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