Hello friends! We are already half way through the first month of the New Year 2014. Hope your first half of the first month of the year has been astounding. Even if it hasn’t been that extraordinary, it’s fine. There’s lot more good things in store, let’s assume, for the latter part of the month. Many of us are struggling to keep up our resolutions with full dedication though (me being one of them). Now that you’re through with half of the month, make it a point to carry on whatever new you’re doing for another week – It’ll become a habit! (That’s what I’ve heard, so I’m following it strictly).
One of the few things I want to do this year is read as many books as possible. So far, so good! I’ve been able to read two books in two weeks. I’m happy that the books I chose to read have been fantabulous. After having read a love story, I wanted to read something completely contrast to it. That is when I decided to start off with Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express”. What more could I ask for! I’d bought this book long ago. But somehow hadn’t found the time to read it. With my urge to read many books going strong, there wasn’t any reason why I shouldn’t read this one. So I just started off.
The title is suggestive of what story lies ahead. The story typically begins at the railway station with few passengers boarding the Taurus Express, Hercule Poirot being one of them. After having completed the journey on Taurus Express, Poirot continues his journey in the Orient Express, as he is called back urgently due to a development in a case he was handling. In the Orient Express he finds the two passengers he’d seen on Taurus Express. With a lot of difficulty he is accommodated in the train as his journey was completely unexpected. The train pulls off and so does the story. A brief is given about every single passenger on the train. The story moves routinely for the rest of the day.
When everything seems to be moving alright, there seems to be a lot of disturbance at night. With the passengers ringing in the conductor’s bell, time and again, asking him for one or the other thing. Poirot calls in the conductor as well for a bottle of mineral water. A lady creates a ruckus by shouting/ screaming at the top of her voice and telling everybody that there is someone hidden in her compartment. Ultimately it turns out to be no body. Everyone return to their compartments and call it for the day. The train stops in the middle because of a severe snow drift and everybody is stranded at wherever they are. The next day morning, after everyone’s up, the conductor finds that one of the passengers is not up yet. He goes in and knocks on the door but doesn’t find a response. The door seems to have been locked from inside. The conductor brings the key and unlocks it, to find the dead body of the passenger.
The story moves in an absolutely different direction altogether. Poirot is roped in by his friend, Bouc, who was also on the train to solve the murder. Poirot begins with his investigation. This part of the book completely keeps you hooked to the core. All the co passengers are investigated but the case seems to go nowhere. Everybody is confused. Nobody could have come from outside and escaped after the murder because the snow outside did not have a single footstep. One thing Poirot is sure about is the murderer still being on the train amidst them. But who out of the twelve people is the murderer is the question, the answer to which doesn’t look easy.
I’m surely not going to let the cat out of the bag because the thrill you get reading the book without knowing what’s in store is something that cannot be expressed. For someone who is a murder mystery fan, the book is supposed to drive you nuts with thrill, chill and suspense. When I casually told my uncle I’m reading Murder on the Orient Express he instantaneously told that he remembers having seen the movie and it was supposed to be awesome. That’s the craze for the book. So why the delay! Just grab one and I’m sure it’s worth more than the few bucks you pay for it.
Everybody seems to be busy with the festive season as well, I suppose, with Makar Sankranthi and Eid. Have a great festive season. See you’ll soon.