Study Guide

Murder on the Orient Express What's Up With the Title?

By Agatha Christie

What's Up With the Title?

Most of Agatha Christie's titles are descriptive advertisements of the plot: Murder on the Links, for example, is about murder on a golf course. Seems pretty straightforward, right? That's because these novels are tied to a distinct genre (mystery) with a set of conventions (plot = murder). The publisher and author want these books to appeal to a mass commercial audience, and part of doing that is making sure that the buyer knows up front what he or she is getting.

Interesting note: Christie's novel was originally titled Murder in the Calais Coach when released in America, so as not to be confused with a Graham Greene novel with a similar title (and plot). We guess stories about murders on the Orient Express were pretty big during this time period.

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