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Synopsis: 14 different people from 14 different backgrounds find themselves aboard the Orient Express as it makes its way from Istanbul to Paris.   Amongst the 14 is world famous detective Hercule Poirot, which is fortunate when it is discovered that one of the passengers has been murdered.  The Orient Express is stopped in its tracks due to an avalanche which gives Poirot time and access to all of the remaining passengers to solve the crime.  His investigation leads him to a surprising discovery of false identities and connections that readers will never see coming.  The ending is one for the books!

Review:  Agatha Christie has done it again with a suspenseful murder mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end.  There are many characters to keep track of, like in all of her books, but they are memorable and interesting characters so they come to life from the very beginning.  Looking back, there are many clues sprinkled throughout the story that are easy to miss that make the story that much more impressive when it all comes together.  Christie’s writing is a bit more formal than most young adult books, which can make it a challenging read if you are not giving it your full attention.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that loves a thriller or a murder mystery.

Why I Chose It:  I read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie in 9th grade and I really enjoyed it, so I wanted to read something else by her.   Murder on the Orient Express is very similar with many complex characters, formal writing, and a surprise ending.



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