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The Mystery of the Blue Train: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama
     

The Mystery of the Blue Train: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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by Agatha Christie, Maurice Denham (Narrated by), Full Full Cast (Narrated by)
 

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A millionaire strikes a deal on the seedier side of Paris and gives to his heartsick daughter, Ruth Kettering, the "Heart of Fire," one of the world's legendary jewels that once adorned the crown of the Tsars. Legend has it that the possession of the jewel leads to death—but despite her father's protests, attractive young Ruth decides to

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A millionaire strikes a deal on the seedier side of Paris and gives to his heartsick daughter, Ruth Kettering, the "Heart of Fire," one of the world's legendary jewels that once adorned the crown of the Tsars. Legend has it that the possession of the jewel leads to death—but despite her father's protests, attractive young Ruth decides to take it with her when she boards the luxurious Blue Train to the French Riviera, where she has planned a reunion with her former lover. But the legend proves true and a few days into the journey, Ruth is found dead and her priceless rubies stolen. The suspects line up: could the murderer be Derek, her weak and greedy husband; Ruth's former lover, the Comte de la Roche, who has a well-known weakness for ladies and expensive gems; or the beautiful but tempestuous dancer Mirelle, Derek's scheming and expensive mistress? Only master sleuth Hercule Poirot can unravel the mystery and find the truth. Another perplexing mystery from the Queen of Crime, dramatized with a full cast including Anthony Smee and Judy Buxton.

2 CDs. 2 hrs 35 mins.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846070358
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
07/13/2010
Series:
Hercule Poirot Radio Drama Series , #1928
Edition description:
New
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Agatha Christie was born in 1890. During the World War I she worked as a hospital dispenser, where she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theater) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. 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 6 months 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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