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review 2017-11-12 16:27
My First Agatha Christie's Read
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) - Agatha Christie

 I have a confession to make - this is actually my first Agatha Christie's book. I have never read any of her books and even though I have heard of her, I never once touched her books. So what compels me to read Murder on the Orient Express? Hype perhaps of the upcoming movie? A few months back my favorite bookstore was promoting her works? I can't be sure of which but in the end, I picked it up last August and finally read it this month. It took me a while but eventually, I finished it.


While I never realize this is part of a Hercule Poirot series, it had a setting and a premise that is intriguing. A man dies one night on a train and M. Poirot were entrusted to investigate to find out who is the real murderer. Divided into three parts, the flow of the story for me is well-thought of. There was the introduction of characters, then the depth of the investigation of getting to know each character that were in the train and the deduction through guessing came to the conclusion that is so impossible, it feels real in the end. Every thing else falls into place.


Was I impress? Not really. It started off as a simple murder-mystery where everyone can be a suspect and through interrogation and investigation on the train, a detective (as the greatest of all) make a guess deductions through human emotions and body language to be able to discover truth and lies. I don't know that on this day and age it would work but since it was first published in 1934, its acceptable. Still, I love how its written and there are words I never thought of I can learn from. It's a good book but not really that great to a point that makes it the greatest detective book ever written, even though I heard so much about it. I would recommend to anyone to read this first if anyone wants to read Agatha Christie's stories but I am unsure whether I would continue to read any Hercule Poirot's crime-solving series in the near future.

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review 2017-10-21 19:12
Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

I won´t be saying much about the story. It´s brilliant and worth every single star of my five star rating back when I read it for the very first time.


I had a problem with the narration of this audiobook. Dan Stevens is an excellent narrator and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. But he simply isn´t a convincing Poirot (it didn´t help that I listened to David Suchets splendid Poirot performance in Death on the Nile before listening to this audiobook). Whereas Suchet is bringing Poirot to live with his charming ways in one moment and his obnoxious behaviour in another by the mere use of his voice, the narration of Dan Stevens Poirot has stayed the same throughout the whole book and thus he hasn´t been able to bring the little Belgian detective to life for me.


I have to check out the David Suchet narration of this audiobook. I´m pretty sure I will like that one better.

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text 2017-10-14 20:29
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 287 pages.
Peril at End House - Agatha Christie

Poirot and Hastings are adorable in this book:


Poirot looked at me and sighed.

"If only - if only, Hastings, you would part your hair in the middle instead of the side! What a difference it would make to the symmetry of your appearance. And your moustache. If you must have a moustache, let it be a real moustache - a thing of beauty, such as mine."

Repressing a shudder at the thought, I took the note firmly from Poirot´s hand and left the room.


And I´m a big fan of Poirot´s moustache:


We have been slowly ascending the zig-zag path up the cliff. It was at this juncture that we passed throught the little gate into the grounds of End House.

"Pouf!" said Poirot. "That ascent is a steep one. I am hot. My moustaches are limp. [...]"


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review 2017-10-13 00:00
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) - Agatha Christie This is a really good whodunit. Someone is killed on a train so the killer has to be among them. There is a widely varied cast. The mystery is not easily solved. I don't know why I waited so long to try something from Agatha Christie. I'll definitely be reading more.
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text 2017-09-13 07:21
Not as impressive as others
Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

I won't say I'm a Christie expert. I won't say I'm a Christie connoisseur. I won't even say I'm a Christie fanatic. What I am is an occasional Christie reader. I definitely have not read everything she's ever written. I haven't even finished all the books containing either Marple or Poirot. I have, however, read enough to know that I usually enjoy her stories. This was not one of them.


In the dedication Christie writes "You (James) complained that my murders were getting too refined- anaemic, in fact! You yearned for a 'good violent murder with lots of blood'. A murder where there was no doubt about its being murder! So this is your special story- written for you. I hope it may please. Your affectionate sister-in-law, Agatha"


What this tells me is Christie was writing this to please the audience, rather than herself, and it shows. The characters weren't nearly as complex as others and were somewhat choppy. I kept losing track of when Colonel Johnson was present for the action and when he'd gotten off somewhere. Which is pretty sad since he's the one who drags Poirot into the investigation in the first place. The characters kept getting churned up in my head and if Christie hadn't had people harping on aspects of the others personalities I would probably have completely lost them. Needless to say, with this much confusion going on and the clues not nearly as precise, if subtle, as I've seen from Christie, this book was really hard for me to get through. 


The ending, which I won't give away for those people like me who hadn't gotten to this book yet, was bewildering in so many ways. Was there three twists or four, and when did we see the clues that point to the actual murderer? I'm sorry to say, this whole book lacked cohesion and coherency for me, which was disappointing. Christie does much better work when she's only writing to please herself, not fulfill another's expectations.


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