The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series)

The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie
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The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series) by Agatha Christie

Robbery and brutal murder aboard a luxury transport ensnares the ever-attentive Hercule Poirot in The Mystery of the Blue Train, from Queen of Mystery Agatha Christie

When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again—for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.

The prime suspect is Ruth’s estranged husband, Derek. Yet Hercule Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie reenactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board. . . .

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061750090
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/05/2005
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 50,249
File size: 1 MB

About 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.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This is an excellent example of why Dame Christie's books are so good. It is amost 100 years since this story was written, but the story seems both timeless and relevant. Yes, technology has changed, but human nature remains the same. Greed, love, lonlieness, lust; these, remain factors that guide human actions and reactions. Her story is well-paced, superbly plotted, and filled with intriguing and believable characters. Christie really was a genius.
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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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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A different type of book indeed. Fantastic Could not put it down.