Welcome to the final week of our Murder on the Orient Express Online Book Club discussion!
Ok, be honest. Did any of you solve the mystery before reading the end of the book? Were you so surprised when you actually read what happened? I know I was—I just didn't see that ending coming.
Do you think Poirot had enough information to make the conclusions he did? Did you go back through and review all of the clues that Agatha Christie left to see if you could have figured out the mystery if you had just understood the significance of all of the clues? I'm not sure if I believe someone could have solved the mystery with just the information Poirot learned, but I guess that's what makes this such interesting fiction.
Do you feel that justice was served? Did you wish that the passengers had to have some sort of repercussions for their actions? Even though Ratchett was such a bad guy, it seems a little weird that no one was punished for his murder.
If you enjoyed this book and want to learn more about Agatha Christie, check out The BBC's Agatha Christie page. On that site, you can listen to some interviews with Christie and her husband and see short documentaries about her life. You can even watch clips about The Mousetrap, a play Christie wrote that has been running in London's West End since 1952, making it the longest-running play in history!
I hope you leave any final thoughts about the book with me in the comments section! I can't wait to hear what you thought of the book, the mystery, and Poirot's detective abilities. And, let me know if you've read another Christie mystery that you have really enjoyed. I'd love to get some more books for my reading list!