Book Club: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
August 27, 2012
Another book club, another classic. This time , Agatha Christies’ Murder on the Orient Express.
I had never read an Agatha Christie before this book, but I had very much wanted to. There were a few of us in the same boat.
I love a murder mystery. Mostly I read P.D. James, Ruth Rendell or more recently Patricia Cornwell. These writers often border on the gruesome, and tragic, so Agatha Christie made for a refreshing change.
Written in a very unassuming, almost quaint manner the murder takes on much the same feel….. if that’s possible.
The characters are simple and the wrapping up is somewhat ‘neat’ but conceivable….. perhaps for that era, where people cared more for honour and justice.
We enjoyed reading it, on the whole, although it was a little dull to begin with.
I am told that most Agatha Christies’ follow a similar story arc and can be a little predictable, but that this can also work in there favour in terms of enjoyment.
Are there any avid Agatha Christie readers out there?
What is it that keeps you coming back for what is essentially the same story?
Next Month….. the award winning All That I Am by Aussie Anna Funder