hercule poirot, private detective and retired belgian policeman, boards the taurus express train to stamboul (istanbul). There are two other passengers on the train, Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot. The two act as if they are strangers, but Poirot observes behavior that suggests they are not. Poirot suspects the couple. The train arrives in Stamboul and Poirot checks into the Tokatlian Hotel. As soon as Poirot arrives, he receives a telegram summoning him back to London. While he waits at the hotel for the next train, Poirot runs into an old friend, M. bouc, truck head on. meter. bouc organizes a space for poirot on the orient express. In the dining room of the Tokatlian Hotel, Poirot first sees Ratchett and Hector McQueen having dinner. Poirot knows that Ratchett is an evil man and describes him to me. bouc like an animal.
poirot aboard the orient express. he is forced to travel in a second-class cabin because the train is unusually full. Ratchett and Hector McQueen are also on board the train. Ratchett approaches Poirot and asks if he will work for him, Ratchett tells Poirot that he has been receiving threatening letters and that someone is trying to kill him. Poirot rejects the case. meter. Bouc has taken the last first-class cabin, but arranges to be moved to a separate carriage and gives Poirot his space in first class. The first night Poirot sleeps in first class, he observes some strange happenings. Early in the morning, Poirot is awakened by a scream from Ratchett’s compartment next to him. The driver of the illuminated cart responds, knocks on Ratchett’s door, and a voice from inside replies: “ce n’est rien. je me suis trompe” (it’s nothing, I’m wrong). Poirot has difficulty sleeping because there is a peculiar silence on the train. Mrs. hubbard rings the bell and tells the driver there is a man in his room. Poirot rings his bell for water and is informed by the conductor that the train is stuck in a snowbank. Poirot hears a loud knock next door.
The next morning, the train was still stopped, m. Bouc informs Poirot that Ratchett has been murdered and that the murderer is still on board the train. Poirot tells me. bouc will investigate the case. Poirot first examines Ratchett’s body and compartment. ratchett has twelve stab wounds. The window is left open in Ratchett’s compartment, presumably to make investigators think the killer escaped through the window, but there are no footprints outside the window in the snow. In the compartment is a handkerchief with the initial “h”, a pipe cleaner, a round match different from the matches that were used with a ratchet, and a charred paper with the name “armstrong”.
The piece of paper with the word armstrong on it helps poirot figure out who ratchett really is and why someone would want to kill him. A few years ago, a man named Cassetti kidnapped a three-year-old girl, Daisy Armstrong. Cassetti collected a ransom from the wealthy Armstrong family, but killed the boy anyway. Poirot concludes that Ratchett is Cassetti.
The interviews begin with the illuminated driver of the wagon, then Hector McQueen. Poirot knows that McQueen is involved in the case because he knows about Armstrong’s note found in Ratchett’s compartment. Hector is surprised that Poirot found the note because he thought it had been completely destroyed. interview masterman and then mrs. hubbard mrs. hubbard claims the killer was in his cabin. All of the passengers give Poirot adequate alibis during their interviews, although some suspicious elements are brought to light: Many passengers observed a woman in a red kimono walking down the aisle on the night of the murder, but no one admits that she is wearing a red kimono. Mrs. Hubbard tells Poirot that he had Greta Ohlsson close the door of communication between her and Ratchett. hildegarde schmidt ran into a stranger wearing a jacket with wagon-like lights.
poirot checks the luggage of each passenger. During the check, he notices some interesting things: Countess Andrenyi’s luggage tag is wet, a uniform with cart lights is found in Hildegarde Schmidt’s bag, and finally, the red kimono is found in the luggage itself. Poirot’s.
after baggage check, poirot, dr. constantine and m. bouc review the facts of the case and develop a list of questions. With the evidence and the questions in mind, Poirot sits down and thinks through the case. When he emerges from a somewhat trance-like state, Poirot has discovered the solution to the case. Before revealing this solution in its entirety, he calls several people and reveals their true identities. Poirot discovers that Countess Andrenyi is Helena Goldenberg, Daisy Armstrong’s aunt. she wet her luggage tag and hid her name, in an effort to hide her identity. Additionally, Mary Debenham was Daisy’s governess, Antonio Foscanelli was Armstrong’s chaffer, Masterman was the valet, and Greta Ohlsson was Daisy Armstrong’s nurse. Princess Dragomiroff claims Poirot’s handkerchief from her, the same one found in Ratchett’s compartment.
poirot gathers all the passengers in the dining car and proposes two possible solutions. The first solution is that a stranger entered the train at Vincovci and killed Ratchett. The second solution is that all the passengers aboard the Orient Express were involved in the murder. He argues that twelve of the thirteen passengers, all close to the Armstrong case, killed Ratchett to avenge Daisy Armstrong’s murder. Mrs. Hubbard, revealed to be Linda Arden, admits that the second solution is correct. poirot suggests that m. bouc and dr. constantine tells the police that the first solution is correct to protect the family. meter. bouc and dr. Constantine accepts Poirot’s suggestion.