I recently saw the film "Murder on the Orient Express", and came away profoundly dissatisfied. Realizing that Hollywood often short-changes well-written books, I decided to go back and read the original. I'll admit up front that I am a newcomer to the genre, having only been drawn to it a couple of years ago. But in that time, I've read little else and have also nearly completed revising my first crime novel. I also realize that Agatha Christie is, as a writer, virtually unassailable. But, having completed her novel, I could only throw my hands in the air and cry, "Is she #^(%-ing kidding me?!" Okay, I know that tastes and standards have changed a lot since 1934, when MOTOE was written, but even so...guesswork as fact? Coincidence piled on coincidence? I just don't see this as such a great book. And Branagh's film is little more than a costume drama. Disappointed.