Murder on the Orient Express
"What to my mind is so interesting in this case is that we have none of the facilities afforded to the police. We cannot investigate the bona fides of any of these people. We have to rely solely on deduction. That, to me, makes the matter very much more interesting. There is no routine work. It is a matter of the intellect." (2.13.33)
"The whole thing is a fantasy," cried M. Bouc.
"Exactly. It is absurd – improbably – it cannot be. So I myself have said. And yet, my friend, there it is! One cannot escape from the facts.
"It is madness!"
"Is it not? It is so mad, my friend, that sometimes I am haunted by the sensation that really it must be very simple…" (2.13.58-61)
On the paper was written:
Things needing explanation.
1. The handkerchief marked with the initial H. Whose is it? (3.2.1-2)