This section was heavy on the details and evidence, wasn't it? Did you get overwhelmed by all of the interviews? Do you feel like you solved the mystery with the evidence presented? I know I wasn't able to figure out the ending from reading this section.
Two of the biggest pieces of evidence in this section were the scarlet silk kimono and the button from the train attendant uniform. But after interviewing everyone, Poirot decided that these two pieces of clothing weren't really clues. None of the women confessed to having a scarlet robe, and the train attendant who was on duty didn't have any missing buttons. At the end of the section, the scarlet robe was found in Poirot's luggage. Why do you think someone would have hidden the robe in his belongings? Was it a challenge?
Also in this section, Mrs. Hubbard finds the murder weapon, a dagger, in her makeup bag. Why do you think someone put the the dagger there? Do you think she's guilty, but trying to shift suspicion by finding the murder weapon and suggesting it was planted?
It was also interesting that one of the passengers, Mr. Hardman, revealed himself to be a private detective. Why do you think Ratchett wanted Poirot to help him when he already had a detective on board who was working on his case?
Do you suspect any of the passengers for the murder? Do any of them stick out to you as being particularly suspicious? Do you think any of them were lying during their testimonies?
I hope this section enticed you to keep reading to solve the mystery. You'll have to tell me next week if you figured out the mystery before you finished reading the book.
If you're looking for a fun video about the movie version of Murder on the Orient Express, check out this clip. It gives some behind the scenes details.
I hope you'll join us next week as we finish talking about the book. Make sure to leave me a comment to let me know how you are enjoying the mystery so far!