The Mystery of the Blue Train: Hercule Poirot Investigates and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mystery Of The Blue Train Mass Market Paperback – Sep 2 2003


See all 60 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 29.23 CDN$ 0.01

Best Books of 2014
Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett’s tour of the world’s most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man’s lands, is our #1 pick for 2014. See all

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought



Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (MM); Open market ed edition (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425130266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425130261
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,552,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

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

From the Back Cover

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.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
First Sentence
IT was close on midnight when a man crossed the Place de la Concorde. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By deborah mager on Dec 14 2000
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 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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most recent customer reviews



Feedback