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New Film Adaptation: Murder on the Orient Express
One of Agatha Christie's best-known novels, Murder on the Orient Express, has been adapted to a film and is scheduled for release on November 10, 2017. My friends and family call me an Agatha Christie fanatic. I'm also a huge fan of Kenneth Branagh from way back (I've seen Henry V so many times, it's (apparently) weird). That's why, when I heard that Kenneth Branagh would star as my beloved Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express on the big screen, I was hysterically excited.
This novel is a riff on the classic "locked room" mystery — in this case the collection of suspects is stuck on a luxury train in the mountains, blocked in by snow. A man has been murdered, and Hercule Poirot must figure out who-done-it before the train is rescued.
Christie is well-known for her twisty mysteries, and clever, unique solutions. This novel is the best of the best.
Read Murder on the Orient Express here first and experience the story the old-fashioned way!
More Christie Titles
While you wait for the film or to borrow the book, here's some Christie to tide you over.
This new adaptation of And Then There Were None boasts an all star cast, headed by Aidan Turner, the young hottie of recent Poldark fame. The classic locked room (trapped on an island?) mystery continues to thrill! Wanna read it first? Here you go!
My first Christie novel (soooo long ago) was Partners in Crime — the second in the Tommy and Tuppence Beresford series. This new TV series based on that novel is an interesting new take on the story of these young, fun-loving crime-fighters. Don't be like me — if you're going to read the series, start with The Secret Adversary! Would you like to go all in? Check out the entire Tommy and Tuppence series!
Miss Marple is Christie's second best-known detective, and this TV series delivers six series of Marple fun. Full disclosure: I prefer the Joan Hickson series of the 80's — it's truer to the character and the books — but this series delivers some good TV. Marple purists beware. Everyone else — have fun! The Hickson series isn't easy to find these days, but Ms. Hickson performed many of the Marple audiobooks.
And what about Poirot?
I adore Poirot. From the top of his egg-shaped head to the tips of his tight patent leather-clad toes (via the magnificent mustaches), he's every inch the quintessential master detective. If you haven't already read the Poirot novels... well, I envy you. Before you see the movie, start reading the books. Here are a few of my favorites.
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles is the novel that started it all, introducing the little Belgian, his friend Hastings, and the little grey cells. This clever mystery was published in 1920, and holds up as well today as it did 97 years ago.
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was a controversial novel in its time — read it and you'll see why (no spoilers here!). The mystery is fun and entertaining.
- Evil Under the Sun is one of my favorites. In this classic, Poirot is on holiday at the seaside in Devon when a woman is murdered. Poirot soon discovers that there is no shortage of people who aren't sorry she's dead. The mystery is well-plotted — one of Christie's best.