Recently I reviewed a mystery book called Miss Christie Regrets with Agatha Christie being one of the characters in the story. Very soon after, another book called The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford came to my attention. It also contained Agatha Christie as one of the main characters.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to read another book with a similar plot idea so soon after the first one. However, after reading the Prologue I couldn’t put the book down. The setting is the late 1920’s and takes place after the famous disappearance of Agatha Christie.
The author uses real historical events and people along with fictional characters to build a world in which Agatha Christie is the main character. I have read Christie’s biography as well as Come, Tell Me How You Live. I appreciate Ashford’s amazing attention to detail when writing about traveling in the 1920’s and what life on archaeological dig site was really like. It feels like you are actually in Ur.
One of the many brilliant things about this story is that “the woman” on the Orient Express could, of course, refer to Christie. It could equally refer to two other women who become entwined in Christie’s journey and story. All three stories merge together to form one cohesive end that makes perfect sense.
I have no intention of doling out spoilers but if you love the time period, love mystery and adventure novels and have knowledge of Christie’s life and the time she spent in the Middle East, you will probably enjoy this book. It is so well-written that when you finish you might believe Christie really did experience all those adventures. This book has inspired me to reread Christie’s They Came to Bagdhad and Appointment with Death.
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If you read The Woman on the Orient Express, let me know what you think in the comments below.