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The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series)
     

The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series)

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by Agatha Christie
 

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Bound for the Riviera on Le Train Bleu, Hercule Poirot stumbles upon the body of an American heiress, murdered in her luxury compartment.

But her secrets have never been more alive.

Overview

Bound for the Riviera on Le Train Bleu, Hercule Poirot stumbles upon the body of an American heiress, murdered in her luxury compartment.

But her secrets have never been more alive.

Editorial Reviews

A truly honorable thriller in the classic tradition.
Times Literary Supplement
Masterly.
New York Herald Tribune
A truly honorable thriller in the classic tradition.
Sunday Express (London)
“The Empress of the crime novel.”
Peter Lovesey
“No one is better at misdirection than Agatha Christie. She dangles the key to the mystery in front of you and you still don’t see it.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671459611
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/22/1976
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series

What People are Saying About This

Peter Lovesey
“No one is better at misdirection than Agatha Christie. She dangles the key to the mystery in front of you and you still don’t see it.”

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
actorsaudio More than 1 year ago
Somehow, I never came accross a copy of "The Mystery of the Blue Train". I'm glad my local Barnes & Noble had it in stock. This mystery is every bit as exciting as "Murder on the Orient Express". In some ways, I thought this train ride was more exotic because it went to the French Riviera, Cannes, and Lyons. It gave a fascinating account of the lives of the ultra wealthy in the late 1920's. It is about an American Heiress who marries English Royalty for all the wrong reasons. Her husband has a French Mistress who is also a reknowned dancer. The Heiress' father is an American Tycoon who wants to end her marraige. There is a lot of international intrigue in this murder, and, in a way, it is a little like a James Bond in that the men wear tuxedoes and the women are all glamourous, wealthy, and not to be trusted. Poirot is at home with these people, and while he is not James Bond, he has a flirtation with a woman that seems to be sincere! Agatha Christie was a very wealthy woman and frequently took trips like this to the most stylish of resorts, so her descriptions of the characters have details that capture an era long gone. The reader gets the sense that she saw these people, their habits, and behaviors and then put them on The Blue Train herself and created a plot that amused her. This is a good book. If you like Agatha Christie, this is among her best!
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A good solid Agatha Christie mystery. Great character and plot development. Keeps you on your toes. An enjoyable book that I didn't want to put down. As with all of the Hercule Poirot books, there are plenty of French phrases so keep you French to English translater handy. I would have given it 5 stars except that there were some editing issues in the nook edition. Not merely a typo or two but in a few places, the word or words intended by the author were gibberish. It was as if the typist had placed their hands incorrectly on the keyboard.
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Bretton More than 1 year ago
This is a Christie mystery for someone who is already a fan. While it is not at the top of my list, it is one I have reread and found it more enjoyable with each reading. Several of Christie's favorite devices are there and move the mystery along. The characters are well drawn. Of course our beloved Poirot uses his little grey cells and voila, mystery solved.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
As always Hercule Poirot always gets his man or woman. He does at times act a little stumped or confused but this is a very shrewd move on his part. He tries to put the people at ease so they feel as though they are safe. It has a new twist at every turn, if you think you know who the culprit is, do not make any bets on it. Not as good as others I have read but none the less it was well written.
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I have read almost every Poirot mystery that Dame Agatha Christie has written (or watched the PBS special...), and I must say that this Poirot stands out as one of the best I have read! Up there with Murder on the Orient Express and Mysterious Affair at Styles, the Mystery of the Blue Train is definitely a lesser known Christie mystery (although I do not understand this). Taking place in the French Riviera, the Blue Train offers a great escape in addition to a complicated mystery. NO CAPTAIN HASTINGS (which I found very sad), but the characters Poirot meets on his little adventure certainly make up for this fact. For me, this book was a perfect balance of romance, affairs, travel, murder, and of course, everyone's favorite little Belgian.
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This was my first Agatha Christie novel and I have to say I loved it. You can't go wrong with old-fashioned suspense and intrigue. I was captivated the entire time. The ending on this one was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an outstanding book. The plot and the climax were quite ingenius. Christie out did herself on this one!
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This is my second Agatha Christie book, and to me, it was great. She spent a lot of time working on this book because it's really long and a lot of stuff is unimportant, it may seem, but ends up being important! I recommend this book to mystery fans!
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A different type of book indeed. Fantastic Could not put it down.
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