“Murder on the Orient Express” is a famous detective novel written by Agatha Christie and published in 1934. It is one of her most well-known and beloved works, featuring her iconic detective character, Hercule Poirot.
The story is set on the luxurious Orient Express, a long-distance train traveling from Istanbul to Calais. The book begins with the introduction of the various passengers on board, each with their own distinct personalities and backgrounds. As the train becomes stranded due to a snowdrift, a murder occurs, trapping the passengers in a confined space with a killer among them.
Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective renowned for his keen observation and deduction skills, happens to be on the train. He is asked to investigate the murder and uncover the identity of the culprit. Poirot interviews the passengers, examines the evidence, and meticulously pieces together the puzzle of the crime.
As the investigation unfolds, Poirot discovers that the victim, a man named Ratchett, had a dark past and numerous enemies. The plot thickens as Poirot uncovers connections between the passengers and a notorious crime that occurred years ago. The story builds suspense and tension as Poirot unravels the truth behind the murder, leading to a surprising and dramatic climax.
“Murder on the Orient Express” is known for its intricate and clever plot, engaging characters, and Agatha Christie’s signature style of mystery writing. The book is praised for its masterful storytelling, twists and turns, and the challenge it presents to readers to solve the mystery along with Poirot. It is considered one of Christie’s best works and has been adapted into several films, stage plays, and television adaptations over the years