Murder on the Orient Express is undoubtedly one of Agatha Christie's greatest mystery novels.
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.
A group of passengers trapped on the Orient Express in a snow storm with a murdered body and a Belgian
detective to keep them company: Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous
stories. It's an intricate mystery revolving around a group of characters cut off from the world where
Poirot exhibits not only the power of his little grey cells but his concern and compassion for humanity.
The underlying plot of the story was one Agatha Christie pulled from the headlines at the time, the
abduction of Charles Lindbergh’s son, a traumatic real-life mystery involving murder and extortion that had
yet to be solved when Murder on the Orient Express was published. As for the setting, Christie had long
professed a love of the Orient Express, finally achieving her dream of travelling on it in 1928 with her
first solo trip abroad. In writing the story, she painstakingly noted the details of the carriages; clues
such as the position of door handles would prove vital to Poirot’s investigation. Several fans, in fact,
have followed in Christie’s footsteps, double-checking her descriptions.