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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express Author Agatha Christie
Publisher Berkley Books
ISBN 0425200450
Publication Year 2004
Reading Level 6.0
Main Character Age 0
Main Character is Human
Summary (Publisher"s Summary)
En route to Paris, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has booked winter passage on the fabled Orient Express. Among the assortment of fellow passengers, one wealthy American holds a unique distinction: He has been found dead of multiple stab wounds in the night compartment of the Calais coach. By dawn, thirteen travelers, each bearing a secret, will find themselves suspect in the most ingenious crime Poirot has ever solved...

Subject Matter Summaries

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There were no positive elements in the book.

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CONFLICT p.38 Mrs. Hubbard tells everyone “…what she thought of the Turks and their slipshod ways.” p.45 Later she says they're "…just a pack of useless foreigners." p.152 Colonel Arbuthnot is "…uninterested in what a pack of foreigners called anything." p.154 He also says, "I don't as a rule like Americans--haven't any use for 'em." p.175 An Italian man says, "A miserable race, the English --not sympathetic." p.177 A French man says, "I do not like Italians." p.298 An Englishman says, "Tonio may be a foreigner, sir, but he's a very gentle creature. Not like those nasty murdering Italians one reads about." DEATH The story is a murder mystery. A man is stabbed to death in his train compartment. The body is examined and twelve stab wounds are found. p.49 "And now a passenger lies dead in his berth--stabbed." p.69-71 Poirot and the doctor discuss the number and angle of the stab wounds. p.82-83 The story is told of a kidnapping that resulted in the death of a child. Then the child's mother gives birth to her second child, stillborn. SUICIDE p.82 The father of the kidnapped child was heartbroken and shot himself. p.83 The kidnapped child's maid threw herself from a window because she believed she was suspected in the kidnapping.

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MILD OBSCENITIES D*mn p.10 "only some d*mned foreigner." SEXUAL REFERENCES p.257 The doctor unblushingly recalls his thoughts "…from certain pornographic details."

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There were no sexual elements in the book.

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FELONY The main theme throughout this book involves a murder, but it is not depicted and there are no graphic details.

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TOBACCO p.30, 102, 111, 148, 156, 217, 233, 234, 237 Almost all the male characters smoke either cigarettes, cigars, or a pipe. ALCOHOL p.216 One man's luggage is searched and "spiritous liquor" is found.

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Summary Details For Disrespectful/Anti-Social Elements:

LYING AND/OR CHEATING Each passenger on the train is involved in the murder. Each one is questioned and each one lies. Everyone agrees that the murdered man deserved what he got because he had escaped punishment for an earlier kidnapping, so Poirot and the other officials agree to report that the man was murdered by an unknown intruder. Twelve people get away with murder.