Murder on the Orient Express is told from the point of view of a third-person narrator. The book’s protagonist is Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective. Poirot is on a train, The Orient Express, traveling from Istanbul to Europe. He observes many other nationalities on the train, including Swedish, Italian, English, and German. In the course of the train’s journey, a man known as Mr. Ratchett is stabbed in his sleeping compartment during the night and found dead the next morning. Poirot, who is friends with M. Bouc, the director of the train company—who is also aboard the train—is asked to solve the case. In his investigation, Poirot is assisted by Bouc and a Greek doctor, Dr. Constantine. Complicating the investigation is the fact that the train is stranded due to a snowstorm. The snowy circumstances lead Poirot to realize that the murderer is a passenger on the train.
Murder on the Orient Express
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Simon Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again. . .