My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Murder on the Orient Express was my first experience with an Agatha Christie book, although I suspect that I would enjoy all of them. I decided to listen to the audiobook version of the mystery, as Dan Stevens was the narrator and I thought his performance in Beauty and the Beast was spectacular. He did a fantastic job bringing each of the characters to life, although I feel that this story would have been wonderful with a full cast. Just a warning though, there are many recordings of this tale and you might be listening to another narrator like Kenneth Branagh (who played Poirot in the recent movie) or David Suchet.
The story itself was engaging and not on the nose. There were aspects of the mystery that I deduced for myself, as clues were revealed and conversations overheard but I didn’t figure everything out before the reveal. That was really nice because sometimes mysteries don’t end up being an actual mystery. I even found myself yelling at Poirot’s companions because they clearly were missing some of the facts and sometimes he had to lay things out for them very plainly.
Despite the fact that this is a relatively short book, Christie managed to write a lovely mystery and I am very happy that I finally got a chance to read it. I definitely plan to read more of her works in the future.