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  • Location: Istanbul, Vinkovci

Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

Why a Booktrail?

Agatha Christie’s most famous murder mystery, reissued with a new cover to tie in with the hugely anticipated 2017 film adaptation.

  • ISBN: 978-0008226671
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery

What you need to know before your trail

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Travel Guide

The Trail of the trail: Turkey, Croatia

The setting of the closed room murder, a body found on a train  in a locked compartment….a train caught up a snow drift miles from the nearest station…

The classic train is one full of individual compartments and dark wooden panels. First class passengers have dinner in the posh dining car, women dress in stylish outfits and the mood is set for a calm and peaceful journey through various countries with the landscape flying by….

Poirot like many others on the train has an individual compartment. During the night of the murder, he hears a few strange noises such as a scream,someone talking in French and the bell calling the porter. The train stops – in the remote and dark countryside – with only the trees and the snowy landscape for company. When the body is found – with the door locked from the inside and all passengers still on board, the mystery of the Orient Express begins…

The room is examined as is the sighting of a woman in a kimono earlier that night. The dead man had been stabbed 12 times and a broken pocket watch is found on his person. The passengers all come from  different  backgrounds and are of varying nationalities so the international aspect of the murder adds a unique layer. Poirot agrees to take on the case in the hope that he can find some answers before the Yugoslav police have to take over.

A train – everyone trapped both in the snow and the scene of the crime….

Real life inspiration

The  story was apparently inspired by a journey Agatha Christie actually had on the very train. (Her biography includes a letter about the time she took the train and got stuck in a flood). The case which starts the story – that of the missing girl – is said to have been inspired by the Lindbergh Case of 1932.

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Booktrail Boarding Pass: Murder on the Orient Express (Film Tie In)

Destination: Istanbul, Vinkovci  Author/Guide: Agatha Christie  Departure Time:1930s

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