Murder on the Orient Express
Considering almost the entire story occurs on one train, I’d say this story is location driven. It starts on one train and a few platforms with a brief interlude in a hotel room. That lasts for only a few pages before the reader is taken onto the Orient Express. The story never leaves the train as the murder unfolds while the passengers are all trapped on the train. It helps that an avalanche of snow has them trapped though it adds to the mystery of who the murderer is and where he/she went.
Location is key to the story as it traps the murder and gives more intrigue to the story.
While the title might accurately suggest that the book is character driven, it is also very much location driven. The entire story is mainly told in the mansion where Rebecca once lived. A few scenes drift out to where the last days of her life were spent, but it all is set on the estate. Why? Because that is where Rebecca reigned and those who loved her still reside. The new wife has entered into a hallowed domain that still is haunted by the memory of Rebecca.
The Name of the Rose
If you haven’t read this book, I strongly suggest you do. It is a great piece that will have you not wanting to put it down until the last page. The Name of the Rose is set in a Medieval monastery. Strange deaths have occurred which has led one monk to be sent to investigate the events. The more he explores the mystery, the thicker it gets. You’ll be surprised at the ending.
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
The location of these murders is very important. An apartment located several floors up. A window nailed shut. Two badly beaten and mutilated bodies: one stuffed up a chimney and one located out in the courtyard. How on earth could anyone have done that and gotten away? The entire mystery surrounds the bodies and the location. Haven’t read it? I won’t spoil the fun.
These are just a few of the great mysteries that couldn’t have been written without the focus on location. If you haven’t read them, I challenge you to read them. If you have, comment on your thoughts on them. Name other mysteries driven by location.