‘Murder On The Orient Exhibit’ And Cozy Murder Mysteries

‘Murder On The Orient Exhibit’ And Cozy Murder Mysteries

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An all-star remake of 1974’s all-star adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel of the same name (got all that?), Murder On The Orient Exhibit celebrities Kenneth Branagh as the elaborately mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who efforts to fix a baffling case involving a stabbing loss of life on a snowbound passenger train. Branagh likewise directed the new film, which features the likes of Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leslie Odom Jr., Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench and many others.

With Linda Holmes still on holiday, we needed two guest panelists, so Glen Weldon and I invited a couple of professionals on murder mysteries: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and our librarian pal Margaret H. Willison, each of whom came armed with bonus offer recommendations, for from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries to Death On The Nile to Foyle’s War to Murder She Wrote. And, of lessons, we remedy some burning concerns: Did the world need a Murder On The Orient Exhibit remake? How does that one compare? Will it qualify as what those available call up a “cozy mystery”? What is a cozy mystery? Why is murder cozy? Etc.

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