Murder On The Orient Express has exotic locations, an international cast of characters, a bloody murder and Christie’s most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, putting his ‘little grey cells’ to the test.
It was published in 1934 and has become one of the Queen of Crime’s best known works thanks to the romance of its luxurious setting and the originality of its solution.
The novel was adapted for film by Sidney Lumet in 1974, starring Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall and Ingrid Bergman (who won an Oscar for her performance as Greta Ohlsson).
ITV are due to air their adaptation with David Suchet in 2010, one of the last Poirot stories the actor has yet to commit to film.
After more than 75 years, the novel is still being read across the world. But what do YOU think of the book? Does it deserve it’s iconic status? Are you still seduced by the atmosphere of 1930s deco decadence? Or has Christie’s work dated too much to have any relevance to modern readers? Does the plot still intrigue or is it too convoluted to be convincing? Are you in awe of Hercule’s powers of deduction or do you find the egg-shaped sleuth endlessly tiresome?
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