The Plymouth Express

Short Story

First published: 1939

A Hercule Poirot story


The Plymouth Express

The Plymouth Express

Aboard the Plymouth Express train there is a strange smell of chloroform. It is soon found to come from a body under the seat - that of Mrs Rupert Carrington, pampered child of an American millionaire. From Poirot's Early Cases and The Under Dog and Other Stories.

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Murder, theft and a concealed body – this story was later lengthened by Agatha Christie into the novel The Mystery of the Blue Train, although character names and certain details were altered.

It first appeared in book form the US collection The Under Dog and Other Stories in 1951. It was not until 1974 that the story featured in a UK collection, Poirot’s Early Cases.

This story was adapted for the TV series Agatha Christie’s Poirot in 1991 and starred David Suchet in the title role. He was accompanied by Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser), Chief Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson) and Miss Felicity Lemon (Pauline Moran) in many of the cases, regardless of whether or not they appeared in the original text.

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