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Murder on the Orient Express

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Also called
Murder in the Calais Coach

First publication
1934

Type of publication
Novel

Genres
Crime, mystery

Writing language
English

Author's country
England

Length
Approx. 66,000 words

Murder on the Orient Express

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Notable lines

First line

It was five o'clock on a winter's morning in Syria.

Passages

"...I am not one to rely upon the expert procedure. It is the psychology I seek, not the fingerprint or the cigarette ash."

"The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances."

Poirot rose. "If you will forgive me for being personal—I do not like your face, M. Ratchett," he said.

"You belong to the League of Nations?"
"I belong to the world, Madame,’ said Poirot dramatically.

"I like to see an angry Englishman," said Poirot. "They are very amusing. The more emotional they feel the less command they have of language."

Last line

Having placed my solution before you, I have the honour to retire from the case.

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