Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express

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  • Amy Lee (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Murder on the Orient Express is one Agatha Christie’s best-known works. The story is loosely based on the Lindbergh kidnap case in America in 1932. On 21 March 1932, the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was kidnapped from their home in Hopewell, New Jersey. The kidnappers asked for a ransom of 50,000 U.S dollars, but after it was paid, the child was found dead. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested and executed for the murder. Besides this real-life story, the book is also influenced by Christie’s personal fascination with trains – witness the number of murder cases set on trains in her repertoire – and especially with the exotic Orient Express which travels across the continents.

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Citation:
Lee, Amy. "Murder on the Orient Express". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 January 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3395, accessed 21 October 2014.]


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