Welcome to 2023! On Mondays this year, let’s discuss and have fun with books. No I’m not writing book reviews. But this website is for writers, and writers like books right? So let’s have FUN with books!
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Original 1934 US title Murder on the Calais Coach, sold for $2. The US federal minimum wage began in 1938 at 25 cents per hour. So this book represented a full 8-hours [before taxes]. Current US federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour [$15.50 in California where I am]. So if this book released today at a similar price, it would be $58.
Poirot was on the Orient Express returning to London from Istanbul.
The train was stopped in Yugoslavia [now divided into 6 countries] by a heavy snowfall.
While stopped, a passenger was stabbed 12 times and died. Poirot solves the murder.
It’s being restored to its 1920s glamour and coming back in 2024!
Its sister train still operates in 1920s luxury [for example: meals prepared by French chefs, linen table covers, crystal glassware, formal attire required for dining].
A 2day/1night journey from Geneva to Innsbruck is approx $3,150 US. The full journey from Paris to Istanbul in a grand suite can run over $100,000!
Have you read the book? Seen any of the movies? Ridden on the Orient Express? Or do you have a recommendation for our next FUN with books? Tell us in the comments!
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