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Mystery Of The Blue Train [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Sept. 2 2003 Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Book 6)
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.

"Masterly." (Times Literary Supplement)

"A truly honorable thriller in the classic tradition. (New York Herald Tribune)

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"The Empress of the crime novel." Sunday Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, aguard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering fromher slumbers. But she will never wake again—for aheavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her featuresalmost beyond recognition. What is more, herprecious rubies are missing.

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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I am really enjoying this book and find it difficult to put it down.
It is very intriguing and a good guessing game. I fully recommend reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Ending Feb. 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book offers all of the usual Agatha Christie touches: Hercule Poirot in fine form; a young woman who ends up getting married; a few rogues; and numerous likely suspects. As usual, she makes fun of Poirot and of some of the other characters.
The ending caught me completely by surprise - it is one the best endings in all of her books.
Unlike some modern authors, Christie did not pride herself on filling up endless pages. Her writing is lean and well plotted. Each scene has a purpose in the story. There is no excess language or bloated descriptions. She gets to the point quickly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vintage Christie Jan. 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was published in 1928 and is an expansion of the short story "Mystery of the Plymouth Express". The plot enters around an American heiress, her millionaire father, ne'er do-well husband, shady lover and others she comes into contact with on the famous Blue Train while traveling to the Riveria. The question becomes was she murdered for her jewels or were her jewels taken to cloud the motive of her murder? Katherine Grey (from the soon to be famous St. Mary Mead) was taken into the victims confidence and finds herself entangled in the mystery. Fortunately for her, Hercule Poirot was also a passenger on the train and sorts through the puzzle. Poirot is traveling without Hastings but we are treated to scenes with Georges the valet at the beginning of his career with Hercule.
This book has held up surprisingly well considering it is nearing the century mark. It describes a way of life that is long past which could be confusing the 21st century reader who does not understand the stigma that had been attached to divorce, limited opportunities for women or personal servants but the core conflicts of the story remain current to today.
The only flaws I see in this story are the number of subplots and secondary characters but this is more than made up for by the ending which has the typical Christie flair.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read...... Dec 28 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading this book and I very much enjoyed it. The characters are well developed, although from many areas of the world and the setting flits around. The only things that stood out to me as being very unrealistic is how so many people could have the same initial (K) and also how so many connected people could be on one train at the same time without each other knowing! But the ending is very good-not what I thought it would be at all. For a good read, I recommend this book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read Sept. 15 2003
By Neri
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought it was pretty good, much better than the "Tuesday Club Murders". The ending was not all that contrived, as stories go, and the characters interesting and developed. It was fairly easy to figure out the murderer(s) though. Maybe she made it easy because she wanted to avoid a contrived ending; and having the reader figure it out may placate the reader's ego and forgive/not notice the contrivancy of her story -- hmmm? I have only read two Christie books, however, so I am no expert. Her style is much more comprehensive than Conan Doyle's, however, whose stories seem sketch like. Apparently this wasn't her favorite of her mysteries, but I thought it was okay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Return to Form Aug. 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Mystery of the Blue Train is not Agatha Christie's most famous or best train mystery, that would come a few years later, but it is a worthwhile addition to the Hercule Poirot series. It marks a return to the kind of mysteries Christie wrote best and away from the earlier spy thriller, The Big Four. This novel is full to bursting with interesting characters from secretaries to jewel thieves to countesses to companions for crusty old ladies, and all drawn with effortless skill by the author in a few simple strokes. There may even be a few too many characters for some reader's tastes as a few of them are quite obviously not actively involved in the plot but it is fun to watch the author parade the cast of characters all about the villas of the Riviera and the streets of Paris. A very nice Christie whodunit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie was wrong! June 9 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Christie felt that The Mystery of the Blue Train was her weakest book and in fact stated on occasion that she hated it. While it is not one of her top ten books in my estimation, it is still an excellent book, with good writing, fascinating characters, good plot development and classic Christie style and flair.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK LACKS OF IMAGINATION Oct. 11 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Actually, I think this book is well written, but I think it does not have that personality that Agatha Christie used to write in her books. I think that it is very well written, as I did write, but it is not Christie's at her best. It is a pity.
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