Murder on the Orient Express Question #11: The Solution of the Murder (spoilers)

Murder on the Orient Express by ‎Agatha Christie

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Murder on the Orient Express Question #11: The Solution of the Murder (spoilers)

Unread postby SnoopyDances » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:59 am

“And immediately, on that assumption, the entire case fell into beautiful shining order.” (page 307)

We’d like you to examine the story’s resolution from purely as a reader.
Was it a convincing solution for you, or did it leave you unsatisfied.
Or were you confused by a "convoluted plot"?
Tell us which and why.

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Murder on the Orient Express Question #11: The Solution of the Murder (spoilers)

Unread postby fireflydances » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:52 am

The book left me unsatisfied. But the scene in the movie that shows Ratchett's death, particularly the expression on the killers' faces, brought home an appreciation for the depth of hatred the crowd had for him. A crowd determined to arrange a shared killing.
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Murder on the Orient Express Question #11: The Solution of the Murder (spoilers)

Unread postby nebraska » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:57 pm

For me, there were too many characters and too complicated a web of conspiracy for such a short book. I was glad my copy had a cast of characters in the front so I had some hope of keeping them all straight, and still all the various characters on the train plus their counterpart selves in Daisy's world made it all a bit too much for me. However, for seasoned, avid readers of mysteries this all probably seemed very typical of the genre. There is a reason why this story endures and is so beloved.

The sticking point for me may be how Ratchett had escaped the legal consequences of killing Daisy. It seemed to be a given fact, known even to Poirot, that he was the culprit. And yet he was free as a bird.

I have no trouble with the ending, it was all set up neatly to end the way it did, once you suspend the disbelief of all the rest.

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Murder on the Orient Express Question #11: The Solution of the Murder (spoilers)

Unread postby SnoopyDances » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:42 am

There are always a lot of characters and subplots in murder mysteries...to me, it can make the story more interesting or more confusing, depending on the writing.
I thought Christie kept everyone's story and character consistent throughout, making it easy to follow.

Of course, there is always that :ohyes: moment for the detective where everything just sort of falls into place. Even Poirot said he was guessing, hoping people would just confess...which they did. :lol:

And I've seen the "guess and confess" angle used in other mysteries, too. It always works. :lol:


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