Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.
As the sun rises, passengers on the Orient Express clamber out of their beds and realize that something is not right. The train has been stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. During breakfast, Detecive Hercule Poirot is called to the dining-car. Upon his arrival in the carriage he is told of the murder of one of the passengers on the train. Dr Constantine believes the death occurred between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m. However, at this time the train had come to a standstill due to the snowdrift. The victim was found in his room stabbed a dozen times with the door locked from the inside. Poirot immediately comes to the first of many conclusions, “The murderer is with us – on the train now…”. Every passenger is a suspect; old or young, wealthy or poor. The train appears to have little chance of advancing on its course anytime soon; Poirot must discover the identity of the murderer before he or she strikes again. With no way to access the outside world, Poirot must use sheer skill and deduction to catch the murderer. Poirot’s interrogations of the passengers uncover unnerving secrets both of the passengers and of the victim. Who aboard the Orient Express is a murderer? Why was the victim killed? And perhaps most importantly; will they strike again?
TEEN RATING: Ingenious, Murder on the Orient Express is a must-read for fans of murder mysteries. 4/5 12+