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orientName: Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre : Crime novel

Pages : 256+

Publication Year: 1 January 1934

Is Review Spoiler: No

 Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Murder on the Orient Express is certainly the most famous Agatha Christie novel, the story is beautifully crafted murder mystery which definitely ranks among the top of the Agatha Christie murder mysteries.

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. 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.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

The death has occurred in a manner that will implicate one of the twelve passengers of Orient Express and the murderer is in train because due to snow drift, the train has stopped when murder took place.

Having nothing to do in train and being experienced in solving similar crimes, Hercule Poirot takes the case. He interviews all the twelve passengers one by one. interestingly all the suspects have the cast-iron alibis. As no one boarded the train and no on left the train and everyone have cast-iron alibis – the case seems impossible to solve, until Hercule Poirot uses his little grey cells to solve once more the seemingly insoluble murder mystery. Mrs Christie makes an improbable tale very real, and keeps her readers enthralled and guessing to the end.

Murder On The Orient Express is not like any other Agatha Christie books, the plot is ingeniously crafted, character development awesome and this book is filled with lots of twists and turns which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. The train setting is great, suspects are limited, reader will be given all the facts and evidence and everything you need to solve a murder mystery – you just has to sit and think. Even though you sit and think for hours, I am sure you won’t guess who the murder is!

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Name : And Then There Were None

Author: Agatha Christie

Genre : Crime novel

Pages : 256

Language: English

Publication Year: 6 November 1939

Is Review Spoiler: No

Movie based on this book : –

Awards :

Rating: 3.5/5

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And Then There Were None is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939 under the title Ten Little Niggers. The title was changed in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company in January 1940 to Ten Little Indians, as the original title, which originally derived from antiquated English terminology, is considered racist by modern standards.

I usually don’t read too many suspense novels, specially involving murder mysteries, so far I only read Sherlock Holmes novels and loved them all. This is my first Agatha Christie book and I kind of liked her way of creating the tense scenarios but in this book, there are so many things which I felt very hard to believe, for example – The butler still prepared breakfast after the murders (even after murder of his wife), as if there’s nothing particularly unusual happened?

And There Were None is an interesting story about the ten strangers with questionable backgrounds gathered in a mansion in a remote island by mysteries guest. Every guest in their rooms find a poem about ten little Indian and how they (ten little Indian’s in poem) died one by one and then starts the murder’s as per the description given by poem. One more interesting part is ten little idol’s of Indians kept in kitchen, one by one they start to disappear as murder’s take place and also one more point – there were none in the island except these ten guests.

there were too many character’s (ten) and it’s very hard to keep track of all of them, their background specially. and also few things in the book are not believable, one I already pointed out above, one more is – the ten stranger’s after each murder go to the sleep in their respective room’s with dead bodies all over the place (may be stinking) as if nothing unusual is happened?.

First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

One thing is for sure, you will never guess the murderer and if you do guess the murderer then you deserve some kind of award for sure.


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