Kenneth Branagh

Inside Christie's world: Postcard from the Orient Express

Luxury travel meets murder.

During his first voyage aboard the Orient Express, Agatha Christie's great-grandson reminisced on what first enamored the Queen of Crime with the fabled locomotive that has recently been restored by the French state.

The storied train and its voyages to the exotic east not only inspired one of Christie's most famous mysteries, "Murder on the Orient Express," but defined her.

"The Orient Express changed her life," James Prichard told The Associated Press.

Christie first traveled on the train in 1928 during the most painful moment in her life, after Prichard's great-grandfather, Archie Christie, walked out on...