The murder on orient express book
Murder on the Orient Express - WikipediaThe elegant train of the s, the Orient Express, is stopped by heavy snowfall, with many passengers. A murder is discovered, and Poirot's trip home to London from the Middle East is interrupted to solve the murder. There he receives a telegram prompting him to return to London. He instructs the concierge to book a first-class compartment on the Simplon -route Orient Express service, leaving that night. Although the train is fully booked, Poirot obtains a second-class berth, but only with the intervention of a friend and fellow Belgian who is also boarding the train, Monsieur Bouc, a director of the railway, Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. Aboard the train, a malevolent, elderly American, Samuel Ratchett, attempts to hire Poirot because he believes his life is threatened, but Poirot refuses out of distaste for the man.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – review
The U. Hercule Poirot is traveling when he is suddenly called back to London. He travels back with a friend, a director of the Wagon Lit. Company, to Calais. During the first night of the trip, the train is forced to stop due to a snow drift that has partially obstructed the tracks. The next morning the body of one of the passengers is found, the victim having suffered multiple stab wounds. At the request of the company's director, Poirot launches an investigation into the man's death and quickly discovers that there is no shortage of suspects among the travelers.
I decided to read this book while I am waiting impatiently for the next Wells and Wong book to be published because I think that it will be set on the Orient Express. The story features Monsieur Hercule Poirot, a clever, logical, Belgian private detective with an elaborate, waxed moustache. It was written and is set in the s so some of the language and expressions are old fashioned and there are quite a lot of French phrases spoken by Poirot, so you might need a French dictionary to help you translate! At the start of the book Poirot is at a hotel in Turkey, after finishing a case, and is sitting down to dinner when he notices an American tourist who he observes has the eyes of an animal and an air of evil about him. The next day on the Orient Express, the same man requests that Poirot takes on his case as he says that his life is in danger. However, Poirot refuses despite the man named Ratchett offering him large amounts of money. During the night, Poirot hears strange noises from other compartments in the carriage and next morning he discovers that Ratchett has been murdered in his compartment, by being stabbed twelve times.
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Hercule Poirot, private detective and retired Belgian police officer, boards the Taurus Express train to Stamboul Istanbul. On the train there are two other passengers, Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot. The two act as if they are strangers, but Poirot observes behavior that suggests that they are not. Poirot is suspicious of the couple. The train arrives in Stamboul and Poirot checks in at the Tokatlian Hotel. As soon as Poirot arrives he receives a telegram summoning him back to London.