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Novel Destinations - Train Travel

If your wanderlust is heightened by dreams of a railway journey, indulge your longing in a first-class train novel.

 

Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Travel by luxury train across Europe with M. Poirot and experience one of the most famous classic locked room mysteries, in which a crime is committed under seemingly impossible conditions. The mystery references a real-life tragedy, the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping.

 

Loco Motive: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery

Ride Amtrak's Empire Builder with cousins Judith and Renie. First their train collides with a truckload of sugar beets. As they wait for repairs in a tiny Montana town, they discover their sleeping car attendant has gone missing. Then a fellow-sleeping car passenger is found dead, and Judith becomes a prime suspect. Will the vacationing cousins successfully solve these mysteries on their way across the country?

 

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train, Highsmith's first novel and source for Hitchcock's film, is a darker and more unsettling thriller than the film version.

 

The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes

In this collection of linked stories, passengers on a train that runs between northern Italy and the French Riviera eagerly anticipate arrival and others speed toward a future they would rather not face.

 

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Choir: A Ruby, the Rabbi's Wife Mystery

From the kosher cozy "Ruby the Rabbi's Wife" series, the temple choir travels by train through the Canadian Rockies to attend ChoirFest. After their star soprano's death is ruled murder, each member becomes a suspect.

 

Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express

This well-crafted mystery weaves a trio of stories spanning eras from the building of the Trans-Siberian railway to post-Soviet Russia. In one, a chief inspector for Moscow's Office of Special Investigation rides the 6,000-mile Trans-Siberian Express to intercept a courier exchanging money for a long-lost package.

 

The Necropolis Railway

This well-researched historical mystery provides a frame for richly atmospheric 1903 London, a city of smoke, sweat, and grime.

 

Ladies Coupe'

Set in contemporary India, the author explores feminist themes in a segregated situation, a train's ladies coupe' (a second-class all-women sleeping car), where passengers discuss the question, "Can a woman live without a man and be happy?"