Murder on the Orient Express is one of Christie's most famous works. I imagine most people are at the very least familiar with the title. If that is all you know of it, then of course, I recommend reading it!
Murder on the Orient Express is part of a large series of books featuring the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. This is an excellent book to start with if you are new to this character, or if you are new to Agatha Christie's novels entirely.
Not surprisingly, this book is set onboard the famous Orient Express as it travels from Syria to Paris. Winter, however, gets the better of this iconic steam engine, and the passengers find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere, as the Orient gets hopelessly stuck in a snowdrift. If this was not bad enough for some of the passengers, matters get worse when one of them--a lone American traveler--is found murdered in his private compartment. It gets worse still when the lack of footprints lead everyone to believe that the murderer is still on the train! Luckly, a fellow passenger is none other than Hercule Poirot, who determins to solve the case and present the criminal to police by the time it reaches the next station!
This novel is an easy read at only 266 pages, and has a very engaging plot line. And, as we have all come to expect from Agatha Christie, the ending takes one by surprise. This book is perfect reading for a chilly winter's night. I recommend it with a cozy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy! =)