The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

The Woman on the Orient Express

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.Agatha isn’t the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabinmate Katharine Keeling’s first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson—newly mar...

Details The Woman on the Orient Express

TitleThe Woman on the Orient Express
Release DateSep 20th, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Number of pages322 pages
GenreHistorical, Fiction, Mystery, Audiobook, Womens, European Literature, British Literature, Adult Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Relationships

Reviews The Woman on the Orient Express

  • Marita
    Three women are on the Orient Express on their way to Baghdad. Each one has a secret. Circumstances throw them together, and strong bonds are forged between them. This fictionalised account of an actual train journey that Agatha Christie took imagines what might have happened on that trip. Fact is mixed with fiction, some characters were real people, others not. It happened in 1928 when Agatha was depressed due to her ex-husband remarrying. When ...
  • Susan
    This wonderful, historical novel, mixes fact and fiction and puts Agatha Christie at the centre of a story based loosely on real life. It is 1928 when Agatha has divorced her husband, Archie, after he told her that he was in love with another woman. She has endured endless press speculation about her life, especially after the incident where she went missing after the breakup of her marriage. Now, with Archie about to re-marry, she is feeling for...
  • Erin
    3.5 stars Audiobook narrated by Justine Eyre Brief description I have never read any books by Agatha Christie, but this book just sounded as if it was right up my alley. Although the fictionalized story only partially takes place on the Orient Express and it isn't a standard mystery, readers are introduced to three women all fleeing the past and heading to Baghdad. Distancing herself from the approaching second marriage of her ex-husband and the ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I didn't have a clue what the book was about when I started to read this book. I thought this book would have some kind of mystery that that would inspire Agatha Christe to write one her mystery books. It wasn't until I had read perhaps half the book that I read the blurb and I'm glad that I did not read it before because I thought it gave away a little too much for my taste. I preferred to discover key events rather than knowing before I start a...
  • Holly
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am such a huge Agatha Christie fan, she's the #1 author for a reason. Her books are always something I look forward to reading. When I saw this book I was instantly intrigued. Even though this is a fictional account of Agatha's time after her divorce from Archie, there are quite a few facts interwoven throughout the story. As Agatha makes her way on to the famous Orient Express, she meets two other women travelin...
  • ☮Karen
    Of all the films made from Agatha Christie books, Murder on the Orient Express has always been my favorite. In the back of my mind ever since, I have wondered about the train, The Orient Express, as it seemed like an amazing way to see and experience life and history all at once.This book offered me the next best thing, plus a fictional account of a time Ms. Christie traveled on the train following her divorce in 1928. I just loved this book and ...
  • Jeanette
    The train ride to Damascus is long. The stoppages and well met along the way both squalid and elegant. The women interesting and troubled. All for various reasons. The book is too long. The travelogue stops both smelly and breath-taking to visuals. The women (our prime three) both insular and chatty. And secretive. All for various reasons.At the 3/4th point of the book I would have given it a 3 star and noted it was a good emotive "he done me wro...
  • Kim
    The Woman on the Orient Express is a fictionalized account of Agatha Christie's journey to Baghdad in 1928, after her first marriage failed. Along the way she befriends two women. All three are keeping certain secrets, but they eventually bond and confide in each other. I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. It's not a mystery, just a gentle tale about friendship, a little romance, and making the most of second chances.
  • Lyn Elliott
    Shades of Agatha Christie indeed! Not only is Christie herself reinvented as a quasi-fictional character, but the author has Christie find ideas from her journeys that she will use as themes for the novels she will write. Several other real people appear as characters too - archaeologists Leonard Woolley and Max Mallowan, and Woolley's wife Katherine. As much of the emotional drama of the book revolves around failing marriages and awkward sex, I ...
  • Shalini
    I came upon this book while surfing GoodReads on a lazy day.The fact that it features Agatha Christie (though in a hugely fictional role) attracted me, and I started asap.Three strong ladies -Agatha Christie, who is travelling by the Orient Express to escape the sordid details of her divorce from Archie, her first husband, Nancy, a newly wed socialite running away from her cruel husband, and Kathleen, a self assured archeologist feature as the ki...
  • Eric
    The Woman on the Orient Express is a good solid drama. A steady and interesting read that has a few surprises. The main character is Agatha Christie and many of the people in the book actually lived. The story starts out with a visit from a young acquaintance coming to visit an aged Agatha. The young man wanted information about some people Agatha had known a long time ago. So the story proceeds with Agatha recalling/retelling of her experience w...
  • eyes.2c
    Mysteries beyond the Orient Express! Enthralling!Set in 1928, the story opens later years with Agatha Christie, now a grandmother, being visited by a young man. He has with him a photograph of Agatha and two other women. One is his mother. He wants to know more about them, and in doing so, find out more about himself. He is convinced there is a mystery surrounding them that affects him. Agatha shares their story.Meshing together fact and fiction ...
  • Heidi
    I was a huge Agathe Christie fan as a teenager and in my early teens, and although I have not read much by the author since devouring all her books in my youth, this amazing woman still intrigues me. Therefore I was quite excited when the audiobook version of The Woman on the Orient Express popped up in my recommendations from Amazon earlier this month, hoping to find out more about the mystery still surrounding the author’s life. Focusing on e...
  • Meg
    **I received a free copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalleyThis book started out a little slow for me and, even with only three main characters, I had some trouble keeping the women and their respective men troubles in order. Really glad I stuck with it though because while I do still feel that the way the stories are broken up is confusing at times, each of the three perspectives are interesting and unique and the descript...
  • Brittany
    There's is a superb amount of historical context and research put into this book, but it is just dreadfully boring to read. I really think that the main issue with this book was that it just tried to cram TOO much into it.As a reader you start out with a weird as crap beginning of some dude popping up to Agatha Christie to talk about the past, but in a creeper/stalker/spy type of way; which even after reading it still didn't make a lot of sense t...
  • Leslie
    I liked this book far more than I had expected to. I have not yet read any of Agatha Christie's works, and yet the rich story & character development of this book still made it at least a 4-star read that kept me very engaged! The narration was lovely as well. :)
  • Ladyslott
    In 1926 Archibald Christie asked Agatha Christie for a divorce; Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days, suffering from what was termed a mental fugue. In 1928 Archibald Christie married again. This fictional story depicts Agatha disappearing again on the eve of Archie’s wedding, traveling incognito on the Orient Express to Baghdad. This was an interesting mystery, but not a murder mystery. While aboard the train Agatha befriends two other wome...
  • Jen ƸӜƷ
    This is one of the few books where I did not read the synopsis before reading the book. All I knew of the book was it was a mystery and probably involved Agatha Christie. There were mysterious elements about the lives of the women Christie befriended on the Orient Express but this book was really about the life of Agatha Christie with fictional accounts interweaved into the story. I found myself immersed in Christie's life and enjoyed learning ab...
  • Bonnye Reed
    GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Lindsay Jayne Ashford, and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me!This is an excellent historical novel, following loosely the life events of Agatha Christie. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Agatha's wonderful mysteries. Now I must reread any-many-all of those wonderful tales before I read this again. pub date Sept...
  • Cristina
    If I could, I'd give this book a 10-star rating! Set in 1928, this novel follows the adventures of the famous Agatha Christie as she tries to escape from herself and the London society. She decides to travel on the Orient Express all the way to Baghdad to get rid of her thoughts about her recent divorce from Archibald Christie. The beginning of the book revolves around her nervous breakdown and the impact it had on the public press given that her...
  • Barbara
    This book had some interesting parts, but I felt that it wasn't very well written. The first half was pretty good, but it seemed to just peter out at the end. I liked the IDEA of the book better than the actual writing. Still, it kept me going to the end.
  • Veronica
    I have always been a huge fan of Agatha Christie and always wondered about her famous disappearance that has never been fully explained or resolved to this day. Lindsay Jayne Ashford has taken on this question in a fictionalized account that is both interesting and entertaining.Agatha Christie is at a crossroad in her life. Her marriage is over and she needs a fresh start; not to mention a break from everything to find herself again. She decides ...
  • Krista
    I originally thought this book was a mystery, I just assumed because it has Agatha Christie as one of the main characters. However, this is not a mystery but a wonderful historical fiction read. The book tells the story of three women, (Agatha Christie, Katherine, and Nancy), who paths cross on the Orient Express. There friendship starts to bloom and together they face secrets, life, and the unknown together. What I loved about this book.....I li...
  • Gazala
    This is a thriller based on partially true instances. Protagonist of the book- the Legendary Agatha Christie . She has just broken away from her husband and decided to embark on a journey to Baghdad . On the train she meets the very attractive and mysterious Katherine and the dainty Nancy. Each woman has a secret of her own , and they are thrown together as they are all travelling by the Orient express . The book takes one through the breathtakin...
  • Damaskcat
    Agatha Christie is trying to escape from the publicity of her divorce and takes a trip on the Orient Express in disguise to try and leave her past behind. On the same train are two other women trying to escape their own lives - Katharine Keeling with whom Agatha is sharing a berth - and Nancy Nelson. Katharine is escaping from a marriage which ended in tragedy and about to marry again, though she seems to be doubtful about that relationship. Nanc...
  • June
    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion. This was a cover and title pick. And it's about Agatha Christie as the MC. I was a little skeptical at first but it worked out. There are two secondary characters Nancy and Katherine who meet whilst on The Orient Express. And each hides a secret. The novel is enjoyable, the author paints a compelling scene of the travel from London to Baghdad that will make you wish this train stil...
  • Linda Zagon
    I enjoyed reading "The Woman on the Orient Express" by Lindsay Jayne Ashford.,and would highly recommend it. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an advanced copy to review. This is Historical Fiction based on the time when the author Agatha Christie, depressed after a failed marriage, and divorce embarks on a journey to escape her reality by travelling on the Orient Express. She travels in disguise, and changes her name hoping to...
  • Neil Plakcy
    It’s not really a mystery, and it’s another one of those girl/woman titles—but I zipped through THE WOMAN ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, by Lyndsay Jayne Ashford. The woman, of course, is Agatha Christie—or is she? Dame Agatha is there, but there are two other women on the train, both with secrets. It’s a fascinating look at the trip, at Baghdad, and at a dig in Ur, where Agatha meets a young archaeologist named Max.Beautiful writing and insigh...
  • Heather
    Definitely an interesting idea, but I'm not sure I liked the final product. Christie dealing with the aftermath of her famous disappearance is a good starting point, but Ashford doesn't really do much with it. It's more used as a catalysis to meet other characters and the plot ends up really revolving more around them rather than Christie. Which would be fine, if they had been more interesting characters. Katharine started with a lot of potential...
  • Fatima
    Its a historical novel, mixes fact and fiction and puts Agatha Christie at the centre of a story based loosely on real life. It is 1928 when Agatha has divorced her husband, Archie, after he told her that he was in love with another woman. She went missing after the breakup of her marriage. Now, with Archie about to re-marry, she is feeling down, sensitive and depressed. Determined to get away from England, she takes the Orient Express and head f...