The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series)

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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.

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The Mystery of the Blue Train: Hercule Poirot Investigates

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
A truly honorable thriller in the classic tradition.
Times Literary Supplement
Masterly.
New York Herald Tribune
A truly honorable thriller in the classic tradition.
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.”
Sunday Express (London)
“The Empress of the crime novel.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572703551
  • Publisher: Audio Partners Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 6 cassettes, 8 hrs. 26 min.
  • Product dimensions: 3.86 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

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. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    If you liked "Murder on the Orient Express", you'll love "The Mystery of the Blue Train".

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

    A Solid Agatha Christie Mystery

    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.

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  • Posted January 24, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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    My Favorite Christie

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Poirot Slips Up!

    The Mystery of the Blue Train has all the necessary characteristics to be a wonderful and enthralling mystery with it's exotic locations and characters. However, there are two absolutely major flaws which actually make it impossible for the reader to logically establish the murderer. Firstly, Poirot's psychological analysis of the murderer in the middle of the book is the exact opposite to his analysis at the end. Secondly, Poirot's extraordinary inability to visually connect two major characters shatters credibility. The real Poirot does not make mistakes such as these. I have read most of Christie's crime novels and thoroughly enjoy the large majority, but this should never have been allowed for publication unless some major redrafting had occurred.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    Good Mystery

    I'm currently reading all the Hercule Poirot mysteries in sequence. The Mystery of the Blue Train is very entertaining, and enjoyable. Very interesting solution. You have to be very good in order to figure this one out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    An excellent book!!!

    Ruth Kettering is found murdered on a train bound for the Riviera and in enters Poirot. Ruth's father hires poirot to find his dauther's killer.Is it her soon to be ex husband the husband's mistress or her old lover.Poirot does not have much to go on until he takes a good look at the victims secret life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2002

    Great Read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Great!!!!

    This was an outstanding book. The plot and the climax were quite ingenius. Christie out did herself on this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series)

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series)

    The Mystery of the Blue Train is a really great book! some chapters were boring and some were hard to understand but well, it was good anyway. the killer was obvious, to me, but I enjoyed reading it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    BRILLANT

    A different type of book indeed. Fantastic Could not put it down.

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