Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)

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From the 1960 Dodd, Mead edition of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, originally published in 1934: Thundering along on its three-day journey across Europe, the famous Orient Express suddenly came to a stop in the night. Snowdrifts blocked the line. Surrounded by the silent Balkan hills, the passengers slept unheeding.

But Hercule Poirot had not slept well. He awoke in the small hours, wondering at the silence and immobility of the train. He was startled by a loud groan which seemed to come from the next compartment. Footsteps sounded in the corridor, and there was a tap on a door.

Then someone said, “It was nothing, a mistake.” Poirot heard no more, and after a while dozed off uneasily. But in the morning the man in the next compartment lay dead — stabbed, viciously and frenziedly, over and over again. And since the snow outside was unbroken, the murderer was still on the train.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Thus begins one of the incomparable Christie’s most memorable suspense masterpieces — a mystery baffler considered by many connoisseurs to be her finest. Mistress of the surprise ending, the “Queen of Crime” has never offered a more astonishing (and as always, completely logical) solution to a murder puzzle.

The basis of a record-breaking, all-star motion picture, Murder on the Orient Express continues to thrill audiences everywhere who agree that an intriguing mystery is the ultimate in entertainment.

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One Response to “Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)”

  1. Poirot finds several more clues in the victim’s cabin and on board the train, including a woman’s linen handkerchief embroidered with the initial “H”, a pipe cleaner , and a button from a conductor’s uniform. All of these clues suggest that the murderer or murderers were somewhat sloppy. However, each clue seemingly points to different suspects, which suggests that some of the clues were planted.

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