Check out my Murder on The Orient Express book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 mystery film based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, directed by Kenneth Branagh and scripted by Michael Green.

 The film stars Tom Batman, Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Daffo, Judy Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacoby, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley, along with Branagh as Hercules Poirot.

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The film is a 1974 film, a 2001 TV movie version and a 2010 episode of the television series Agatha Christie's Pirot, the fourth screen adaptation of Christie's novel. The plot follows the world-famous detective Poyrot while investigating a murder on the luxurious Orient Express train service in the 1930s.

Murder on The Orient Express book summary :

In 1934, the famous Belgian detective Hercules Pirot solved a burglary at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Obsessive-compulsive-who seeks balance in life, and considers his case-solving ability to see a lie in the truth as a curse - wants to rest in Istanbul, but has to return to London for another case.

His friend Bauk, director of the Simplon-Route Orient Express service, arranged a bunk for him on the train. Other passengers include: American widow Caroline Hubbard, American businessman Edward Ratchett, her English employee Edward Masterman, and secretary / translator Hector McQueen; The elderly Russian princess Natalia Dragomirf and her German maid Hildegard Schmidt; Hungarian diplomat Count Rudolf Andreni and his wife Elena; Physician John Arbuthnot; Mary Debenham, a Governess; Pillar Estravados, a Spanish missionary; Benjamin Marquez, a Cuban-American car salesman; And Gerhard Hardman, a professor at an Austrian university.

Ratchet offers to hire Piotr as his bodyguard during the three-day journey, after receiving a threatening letter from an unknown source, but Piotr refuses. That night, Peirut hears strange noises from Ratchet's bogie and later sees someone in a red kimono rushing down the hallway. An avalanche derailed the engine of the train and trapped the passengers.

The next morning, Pirot discovered Ratchet had been stabbed to death a night after being stabbed a dozen times. As the repairs began, Pirot and Bauk investigated the other passengers. Evidence indicates that Ratchet was murdered by a man, and Mrs. Hubbard claims that a man was in her car at night. Pirot discovered a partially burned note that linked Ratchet to the abduction of Daisy Armstrong, a child who had been abducted from her bedroom and kept for ransom.

Although the family paid the ransom, Daisy was killed. The real identity of Ratchet has been revealed: he was John Cassetti, Daisy's abductor and murderer. His mother Sonia died after giving birth to a stillborn baby in the wake of his death; His father, Colonel John Armstrong, then committed suicide. Suzanne, the family's nursemaid, was suspected of wrongdoing, which led to her arrest and subsequent suicide in police custody, only to be later found innocent.

Further evidence was found in a blood-stained handkerchief and a button on the conductor's uniform in Mrs. Hubbard's carriage. The uniform is later available, as is the red kimono - in Pirot's own suitcase. Hubbard was suddenly stabbed in the back; She survives but cannot identify the culprit. Pirot discovers that many passengers have direct connections to the Armstrong family and uncover their hidden past.

During an interview with Debenham, Pirot was shot in the shoulder by Dr. Arbuthnot, who pleaded guilty to murder, but Bauk prevented him from killing Poirot. Pirot realizes that Arbuthnot - a medical doctor and former Army sniper - did not want to kill him.

Facing the suspects outside the pirate train, Cassette provides two theories on how he died. The first is simple but does not cover all the information: a murderer disguised as a conductor got on the train at the previous stop, killed Cassette and fled the stop as soon as the train left.

The second is more complicated: Armstrong, Suzanne, or any other suspect involved in her trial, all had intentions against Cassette. Poirot predicts that they will act together. Hubbard has been named as the mother of Linda Arden, a former stage actress and aspiring director, and Sonia Armstrong.

Hubbard confirms the latter, admitting that he planned the assassination and hired everyone else to help him. All the other passengers and conductors, Pierre Michel (Susan's brother), stabbed Cassette in turn. Debenham wore a kimono, and Arbuthnot stabbed Hubbard without risking his life to convince Pirot to be a lone killer.

The pirate challenges the passengers and Michelle to shoot him with a confiscated gun because he is the only one who can reveal their plot; Bouc can lie, but Poirot, obsessed with truth and balance, cannot. Hubbard grabs the gun and tries to commit suicide, but it doesn't load; Pirot wanted to see how the suspects would react.

With the train back on track, Pirot concludes that justice is impossible in this case, because Cassette deserved to die; For the first time, Poirot has to live with lies and imbalances. He presented the theory of solitary confinement to Yugoslav police, allowing others to leave the train. When he landed, a British army messenger told him to investigate a death in the Nile. Pirot accepted the case.

Murder on The Orient Express book review :

This headline puts the Orient Express on its track. The luxury train had a full passenger list but had a low in the morning. An American fell dead in his carriage, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

With the tension mounting, Detective Hercules comes up with two solutions to the pirate crime. I finally read Agatha Christie's most famous novel: Murder on the Orient Express. Yes! I never saw an adaptation so before reading the book I knew nothing about it - except a murder on a train.

Murder on the Orient Express has a really interesting, intricate plot. An American man, known as Ratchett, was killed on the Orient Express and tried to solve a pirate crime with Monsieur Bauque. A small portion of the novel actually focuses on crime but, instead, it focuses on how Poirot solves crime.

 Most of the novels are actually taken from individual interviews and I actually liked this structure. In a way, it made the novel cinematic. It almost felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. It was fun. I also found that the structure of the book really helped me focus on what was happening.

I enjoyed the solution to the novel but I think it was a little predictable. Maybe it's because of the structure or maybe I guessed what the solution was. I liked how the solution was handled by Pirot even though it made me more like a character.

Unlike other Christie novels I read, I didn't find myself attracted to any particular character in Murder on the Orient Express. The book actually seemed more analytical than Christie's other novels and I felt distant from the characters and events in the novel. It was weird, to be honest, but I didn't dislike it.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Murder on the Orient Express. Everything about it was weird compared to other Poirot novels I read but I liked the change. I especially enjoyed the structure of the novel. If you haven't read it, it's a classic crime novel and you should give it a try.

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