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Book Club Reflection: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

3 Jun

One of my book clubs decided to pick a title I’ve ready already, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I decided to join and listen in but not to reread the book. I watched the TV and movie adaptations after reading it so I felt I remembered the plot pretty well.

We all enjoyed Poirot’s character. He had a funny way of describing people and was very quirky in a way that was a joy to read. We did feel that he was a bit of a loner and kept to himself and he was very egocentric as well. Several readers recalled that Christie had very negative words to describe her feelings on Poirot and how much she disliked her own character. One reader noticed that a lot of stereotypes seemed to be used in the book based on where a character was from. We recognize that these were more common at the time of writing, but were still a little taken aback by them.

The background for the crime is loosely based on the Lindburg Baby’s murder and this book was released a few years after that crime took place. No one guessed the ending, though in retrospect it was easy to point out some clues. The train was a great setting for the story to take place. It allowed for people with very different backgrounds to be together for long enough for the crime to take place and for there to be a variety of motives for Poirot to sort through. We felt the setting in Eastern Europe was entertaining as well. One of our readers visited Aleppo and remembers seeing a hotel where Christie stayed when traveling with her husband. She had several books set in this part of the world.

We’ve decided to make our next meeting in person! We’ll meet outside and we’re all bringing snacks. I’ve read the book before so I likely won’t reread it but I’m excited to listen in and see what others have to say about it. Until next time, write on.

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