Planning on watching the new movie? Check out the original novel and its 2010 TV adaptation too. 

I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from blogging and social media for the past week. It’s good to be back! I was in a mad dash to get my manuscript ready for publishing. But now that it’s off for formatting and everything is out of my hands for the moment, I’m happy to have a bit of spare time again. I might check out a movie or two, including Murder on the Orient Express.

Now I love Kenneth Branagh’s work – even Wild Wild West (his campy turn was the best thing about it, besides the Will Smith song.) But when I do watch the new Murder on the Orient Express, I have to admit I’ll be judging it not just against the source novel by Agatha Christie. I’ll also judge it against the sublime perfection of David Suchet’s TV portrayal from the 1990s and 2000s. Yes this will be a very biased post.

It’s time for another Screen-to-Screen. Let’s compare the novel and the 2010 television movie from ITV starring Suchet.


It is impossible to talk about certain differences between the novel and its adaptation without spoiling the ending. For those who don’t know the story: if you plan on watching the movie, come back here afterward; if you are like my mother and read a mystery’s ending first before deciding if it’s worthwhile to read, go right on ahead.

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