WOW. THIS is how you craft a mystery novel. Murder on the Orient Express is the tenth novel in the Hercule Poirot series, but I was able to enjoy this book without having read the previous entries (another sign this is a great yarn). I loved the eclectic cast of characters, and seeing Poirot untangling all the loose threads and deducing who committed the titular crime was a tense, yet fun, experience that kept me flipping the pages. A must-read for fans of the genre, and a great novel to jump into the detective/mystery pool for newbies. Read this before the film comes out.