Agatha Christie's iconic literary detectives – the Belgian and the spinster – appear regularly in her novels and have been brought to life on the by a number of actors. Christie's crime-solving characters carry on the long tradition of British detective fiction pioneered by earlier writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous main man, . Christie's work influenced later authors in the genre, like and .
Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie's most famous novels. In it, we find the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot on a steam engine traveling from Syria to London. Everything's fine and dandy, until the train is caught in a snowdrift and one of the passengers is murdered. Cut off from the police, the little Belgian detective is pressed to take the case. He must collect evidence and interrogate the passengers in order to decide who among the strangers on the train would have been driven to murder.
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