Literature: Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express
, or Murder in the Calais Coach
, is an Agatha Christie
detective fiction murder mystery first published in 1934. Hercule Poirot
, the famous Belgian detective, is ready to return from his case in Syria when he is snowbound on the Orient Express. He is disturbed in his sleep by dead quiet and a passing figure in a red kimono, and when he awakes, the contemptible Samuel Ratchett is found having been stabbed 12 times to death. Poirot discovers he was actually a notorious American gangster, who had kidnapped and murdered a three-year-old heiress. The mystery begins to unravel as he discovers that the passengers have connections to the murdered man and the family of the child that man murdered.
The book was made into a successful movie in 1974, a Made-for-TV Movie
in 2001, and again in 2010 for Poirot
.Warning: many unmarked spoilers are below as the plot is well known.
This story provides examples of the following: