Friday, September 17, 2021

The Friday Face-Off: Murder


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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:

I know this is probably one of the most obvious choices for this, but really, what titles is more iconic for having "murder" in the title than The Murder on the Orient Express? There are a lot of covers for this book, so included a lot, but even all of these are barely even half of what's out there, it seems! It was a ton of fun looking through them all and exploring the different variations. 

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)Murder on the Orient ExpressAsesinato en el Orient Express
2007 HarperCollins | 2011 Harper Mass Market | 2007 Spanish

Assassinato no Expresso do OrienteAssassinio sull'Orient Expressجريمة في قطار الشرق
2014 Portuguese | 2007 Italian | 2005 Arabic 

Murder on the Orient ExpressMorderstwo w Orient ExpressieMurder on the Orient Express
2000 Berkley | 2010 Polish | 2013 Harper

Murder on the Orient ExpressMord im OrientexpressUm Crime no Expresso do Oriente (Hercule Poirot, #10)
2015 William Morrow | 2006 German | 2002 Portuguese

Murder on the Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)Mordet på Orientexpressen (Hercule Poirot, #10)
2017 William Morrow | 2017 Special Edition HarperCollins | 2014 Swedish

Idän pikajunan arvoitus (Hercule Poirot, 10)Asesinato en el Orient ExpressMurder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
2010 Finnish | 2007 Spanish | 2017 HarperCollins

جريمة في قطار الشرقMurder on the Orient Expressმკვლელობა აღმოსავლეთის ექსპრესში
1975 Arabic | 1998 Collins Crime | 2015 Georgian

My choice(s):
Assassinato no Expresso do OrienteMordet på Orientexpressen (Hercule Poirot, #10)
I really like so many of these! I opted to pick 2014 Portuguese and 2014 Swedish editions (I guess 2014 was a nice year?) because something about them just really pops out at me and they are two that I would definitely up based off of the covers. Still, as mentioned, most of these covers are pretty great. :) 

What cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. Oh my gosh! This is so strange! I haven't done a Friday Face-Off in months and when I saw this week's topic, Murder on the Orient Express was my first choice too! Wow!! I love it and there are so many great covers to chose from.

    I didn't include a Friday Face-off in my Friday Post, there just wasn't enough time. But I am glad you did it and chose this classic!

    Have a good weekend.

    Elza Reads

  2. This is a fun one! I love that most of them incorporate the train. The 2015 Portuguese is really cool, and I also really like the 2017 HarperCollins special edition.

  3. There are a lot of good ones! I think my favorite is the 2010 Polish edition.

  4. Ooh Murder on the Orient Express- nice! I like the 2007 HarperCollins and the 98 Collins crime one is nice too- something about the snow. :)