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

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (MM); Open market ed edition (Jan. 18 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425130266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425130261
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,613,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“No one is better at misdirection than Agatha Christie. She dangles the key to the mystery in front of you and you still don’t see it.” (Peter Lovesey, Anthony award-winning author of Stagestruck)

“The Empress of the crime novel.” (Sunday Express (London)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It would be hard to create a concept more dramatic than this one -- illicit affairs, murder and a cursed ruby stolen from a dead millionaire's glamorous daughter.

And that almost soap-opera glamour permeates all of Agatha Christie's "The Mystery of the Blue Train," where Hercule Poirot finds himself (once again) on a train where a murder has been committed. As the little Belgian sleuth slowly unwinds the crime, Christie darts among the intertwining stories of the various suspects -- from a philandering playboy to a serene small-town girl -- although she sometimes stretches the logical deductive process a little thin and lingers too long on the superfluous layers of the story.

American millionaire Rufus van Aldin gives his daughter Ruth Kettering a necklace of supposedly-cursed rubies, including the legendary Heart of Fire... right before he discovers that Ruth is planning to divorce her unfaithful husband Derek, and is secretly having her own affair with her old lover, the Comte de la Roche. When detective Hercule Poirot stays aboard the Blue Train headed for the French Riviera, a murder inevitably follows -- Ruth is found strangled, with her famous ruby missing.

With a little nudging from van Aldin, Poirot begins investigating the case. And he has no shortage of suspects -- Derek, the Comte, Derek's lover Mirelle, and even the quiet and pleasant Katherine -- who might have killed Ruth for the stolen jewels, or for love, or both. And though the debt-ridden Derek seems like the obvious suspect, since he inherits all of his wife's wealth, Poirot soon comes to believe that a more complicated and sinister crime has taken place.
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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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By A Customer on 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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