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Mystery Of The Blue Train [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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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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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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In his sixth adventure, Hercule Poirot is on board the famous Blue Train from Calais to Nice. He encounters four different people and groups of people who are all after the Heart of Fire, a spectacular ruby purchased by American tycoon Rufus Van Aldin and presented to his daughter Ruth. Ruth is unhappily married to British aristocrat Derek Kettering, a richly layered character about whom the reader is still trying to decide if he is hero or villain up to the final chapter. This novel is filled with exciting characters: Mirelle, the exotic dancer with a passion for Derek; Armand de la Roche, the attractive but notorious swindler; and most refreshing of all is Katherine Grey, one of Mrs. Christie's best heroines.
When Ruth Van Aldin Kettering is found murdered on the Blue Train en route to her annual winter trip to the French Riviera, it is up to Hercule Poirot to discover if she was murdered because the famous jewel was in her possession or was she murdered by her husband or his mistress or was there yet another sinister motive.
This excellent tours de force is a landmark book for Christie fans because from this point until sometime in the late 60's every novel she published was brilliantly plotted and never failed to challenge the mystery reader.
Agatha Christie was known for experimenting with plots in short stories before developing them more fully in novels. The Mystery of the Blue Train is a prime example of this, so you might wish to go back and read her earlier short story "The Mystery of the Plymouth Express" if you enjoyed this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable mystery! Aug. 21 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Christie has the rare talent at protraying human character and illustrating with a shroud of spell binding mystery. This novel is a superb example of accurate identifiable characters amid a cloak of deep mystery.
Hercule Poirot unravels the web of intrigue slowly and the finale is a wonderful feeling of recognition and the juicy understanding of the author's prowess.
This book is great reading, buy it, pick it up, read it through and then smile as I did when it was over. Weep because your enjoyment and suspense cannot continue as Poirot wraps up the ending.
Do not weep, there is the 'Sittaford Mystery' and 'A Murder is Announced' and 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' and 'Curtain' and the very excellent 'Mysterious Affair at Style' to read.
I am sure Agatha Christie fans everywhere wish she could have kept on writting forever as I do. We shall miss her always.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Return to Form Aug. 22 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars mystery deluxe Dec 14 2000
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Agatha Christie has the rare talent at protraying human character and illustrating with a shroud of spell binding mystery. This novel is a superb example of accurate identifiable characters amid a cloak of deep mystery.
Hercule Poirot unravels the web of intrigue slowly and the finale is a wonderful feeling of recognition and the juicy understanding of the author's prowess.
this book is great reading, buy it, pick it up, read it through and then smile as did i when it was over. weep because your enjoyment and suspense cannot continue as Poirot wraps up the ending.
do not weep, there is the 'Sittaford Mystery' and 'A Murder is Announced' and 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' and 'Curtain' and the very excellent 'Mysterious Affair at Style' to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Blue train: Hercule Poirot investigates
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.
Published 11 months ago by Gezina Ilse
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Ending
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004 by E. Clinton
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read......
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. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by "ali346"
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak by Agatha Christie Standards
There's little doubt as to why Agatha Christie personally dislikes this book. Charming and warm though it is, this book is not the most exciting Christie book I've ever... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2003 by "amigoro"
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by Neri
4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie was wrong!
Christie felt that The Mystery of the Blue Train was her weakest book and in fact stated on occasion that she hated it. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
3.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK LACKS OF IMAGINATION
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002 by Mario Gonzalez Dorado
4.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Pleasure
Of all her novels, Agatha Christie reportedly felt MYSTREY OF THE BLUE TRAIN was her weakest effort. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her greatest
I have to admit, this one left me a bit confused and uninspired. The final whereabouts of the Heart Afire ruby were a bit vague and I'm not sure how it ended up with who it did,... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2001 by JR
3.0 out of 5 stars It's weird..
I don't like the end, it's unexpect. The story was developed by the tip they found, more and more evidences made you comfused. Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2001 by "tinggao"
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