Mur­der and mys­tery on board the Bri­tish Pull­man

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

The train slips out of the sta­tion on a five-hour trip around the Kent coun­try­side. As we sip Cham­pagne, a char­ac­ter ar­rives at our ta­ble. It’s the same woman we met ear­lier, and we find out she was once Lord Deville’s mis­tress, and that he was poi­soned with cyanide in his se­molina.

Through­out the af­ter­noon, we quiz each sus­pect. One of my friends has her sus­pi­cions.

Af­ter dessert, train man­ager Jeff gives us a tour and tells us a lit­tle about the his­tory of each car­riage. We also meet a lovely cou­ple cel­e­brat­ing their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary be­fore we sub­mit our who­dunit notes.

Over cof­fee, the killer is un­masked, and there are un­ex­pected gifts for those who cor­rectly guess the iden­tity.

We do­nate ours to the an­niver­sary cou­ple, and I ask my friend how she nar­rowed it down.

“There’s al­ways mo­tive, method and op­por­tu­nity. Once you work that out, it’s a piece of cake,” she replies. It seems it wasn’t just me who watched Poirot on Sun­day evenings.

For more de­tails and the dates of the next Mur­der Mys­tery Lunch aboard the Bri­tish Pull­man de­part­ing from Lon­don Vic­to­ria, see www.ori­ent-ex­press.com/uk­trains. It costs from £310 (R4 900) with a five-course Cham­pagne lunch. – Daily Mail

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