The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
4.5/5 for both
Roger Ackroyd was a man who knew too much.
He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her ― and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.
Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he’d finished reading it ― stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study…
“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…
Damn it Agatha! You fooled me again! Twice over! Agatha Christies novels are slow going at the beginning but once then you get into the twists and turns. I love her writing style. Simple mysteries with perfectly logical conclusions but the solutions still seem as if they come out of nowhere. Absolutely masterful. I love Poirot as the detective!
Both The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express take the genre of mystery and completely turn it on its head. Christie disregards detective novel conventions of intrigue and overdone plot devices, opting instead for epic reveals from straightforward evidence and reasoning. I didn’t see either ending at all AND I read a spoiler free article that hints about the mysteries (I wanted to know which of her fabulous works to start with after I finished my first ever Christie novel And Then There Were None). Both endings blew my mind.
- Agatha Christie is flawless
The Not So Good
- With every reveal, I feel dumber and dumber… 😉
Read ALL the Agatha Christie books!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Murder on the Orient Express