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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #MurderontheOrientExpress by #AgathaChristie #Ninth #9 #HerculePoirot #Mystery

New York and the Northeast are about to be hit by a snowstorm!  What could be better than curling up with a classic winner like Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie which itself takes place in a snowstorm?

If your answer to that is NOTHING, you have found yourself in the right place.  The Agatha hit parade continues.  Previously on Whom You Know, she has been featured:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

As you may know this has been turned into a movie a couple of times and also television productions, however, there's nothing like the real thing baby and you have to read the book.  It is Hercule Poirot's ninth winner of a novel, and he finds himself traveling back to London, booked last minute on a highly booked Orient Express.  Oh the golden age of travel: we were born too late.  Not that anyone can travel in style during Covid anyway!  

In typical Christie intelligence, there are red herrings everywhere keeping the reader on their toes. Poirot is of course using his little grey cells all along, but even he turns down cases and he needs to sleep.  But disaster strikes when one in need is turned down!

The motion of the train equates to a beautiful cadence of the pen by Christie, who is of course reading up there, and we suggest you read this in the twilight for peak effect.  It is quite perfect if you cannot sleep because the train will take you away!

Packed with people of different backgrounds, it is a bit like the USA although of course it takes place in Europe.  All the Christie characters in all the books are brilliant but this work in particular makes them shine quite brightly.  

Don't miss the map of the train on page 77.  And finally Mr. Rachett, 49 is NOT too old (not that we are anywhere near that age.)

First class, absolutely genuine, Pukka Sahib: Murder on the Orient Express is Recommended by Whom You Know.

Also, PBS is airing two specials on Agatha in early 2021 that we have published on since Lord Edgware:

Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

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