“If you confront anyone who has lied with the truth, he will usually admit it, often out of sheer surprise. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect.”
Poirot is a detective traveling by the Orient Express when the train runs into a snowdrift one night, and a murder is discovered soon thereafter. Poirot is thus put on the case to discover which of the passengers carried out the deed. (*dun dun DUN!*)
Genre: Mystery, Classic, Fiction
My thoughts: It’s very clean.
The progression of the story is extremely easy to follow. Despite its large cast, the murder mystery is set up in a methodical fashion with clear and organized chapters, crisp and lyrical prose, and a very focused setting as we’re left stranded on the train for the majority of the book, and that really helped the narrative speak for itself.
Furthermore, Poirot is a positively charming lead. His eccentric characterization emulates the in-between aspects of Sherlock Holmes and Albus Dumbledore, and I enjoyed how colorful the cast was; the murder suspects are drastically different from one another, and that again helped the story be incredibly focused and driven as a result.
As for who the murderer was, there’s a twist towards the end of the book that some people might find rather simplistic and/or sensationalist, but I ultimately think it’s a solid twist: the author pushed boundaries between fiction and reality in a perfectly reasonable manner, and that to me is a sign of a good mystery.
So yeah, this book is great fun. It’s minimal yet satisfying, and it’s very consistently paced with great attention to detail. I had a good time guessing who the murderer was (I actually kind of guessed the twist!), so if you’re ever in the mood for something light, intriguing, and entertaining, this would be it.
“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
Bottom line: Concise, engaging, enjoyable
This is a contained murder mystery. With crisp prose, diverse cast, and good red herrings all around, the narrative achieves everything it needs within the confines of its limited premise, so I recommend it for all ages. It’s intriguing, but there’s nothing scary or graphic about it, and you can enjoy the mystery as it is, because I myself did.
Rating: 4/5 frogs
**Note: The reason I docked this book from 5 frogs to 4 is because I felt the twist wasn’t something that could be guessed through deduction (a.k.a. there weren’t any clues planted for the reader to guess the plot twist). I only guessed the twist simply because I made a crazy leap in logic lol.