Andrew Eames sets out to travel from the suburbs of London to Baghdad by train, following the route of the old Orient Express. Interwoven through his own experience, with the colourful cast of characters he encounters en route, is an identical journey made by Agatha Christie in 1928, a journey which was to change her life completely and led the great crime writer to spend thirty seasons on archaeological digs on deserts of Syria and Iraq. As Eames' own journey progresses, he begins to reveal details of that exotic second existence of the world's most widely read crime author. 
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