The Mystery of the Blue Train

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Large Print - 2014
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"The luxurious Blue Train carries its passengers across France, for dreary wintertime England to the sunny French Riviera. When it arrives in Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumber. But she will not wake again - she has been killed, and a heavy blow has disfiguredher features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing and her ever-present maid was dismissed from the train back in Paris. Was it a crime of passion, or a bold train robber? The French police think a robber is the most plausible solution. Yet Hercule Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie reenactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board..." --
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2014
Edition: Center Point Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611739886
Branch Call Number: LPF CHR NVD
Characteristics: 351 p. (large print) ; 22 cm

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StrangelyExuberant
Jun 28, 2019

A book with a range of characters each interesting in their own way. A murder on a train can Poirot find the killer after the journey is over? Poirot steals the scene as he uncovers a mystery steeped in twists. When was Ruth murdered? Why did her maid get off the train? Is her husband really a scoundrel? From the first page to the last the mystery will unfold complete with Poirot's charm. I loved this one.

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Steve_the_Pirate
May 24, 2019

Agatha Christie's "The Mystery of the Blue Train" is a captivating tale of murder and robbery while aboard the renowned Blue Train in this high stakes and expansive thriller. The setting of the novel provides an excellent change of pace for Agatha Christie, as she creates a more intense and claustrophobic environment by having the murder-robbery take place while on the Blue Train; of which presents in itself a slew of new and intimidating challenges for Poirot to bring the murderer to justice. Another one of the unique and impressive qualities to the novel is that there is no one-true narrator like there has been beforehand, though the story is still able to be masterfully told as Christie herself provides much of the narration seamlessly. Christie also successfully uses a small cast of characters with very in depth detail and fleshed out backstories to create a small pool of possible suspects which makes for a better relationship between the characters and the reader thus making for heavier hitting twists and intrigue. While the murder-robbery takes place on board the Blue Train a majority of the book however does not. This took away from the intense claustrophobic atmosphere created by the train although it did aid in providing a great sense of adventure as Poirot goes to great lengths in traveling between locales to hunt down the murderer. Overall this is a thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable murder-mystery that features Agatha Christie's successful art-form of dangling the clues right in front of the reader throughout the book and still being able to pull off numerous blindsiding and gut-wrenching twists.

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VPAL7
Jun 02, 2018

The Mystery of the Blue Train has been one of my favorite Poirot mysteries that I've read so far, which might be an unpopular opinion. The pace the story develops in was satisfying; enough clues were being given to keep me engaged and I even caught myself going back to review clues. Additionally, I really enjoyed that the characters evoked intense feelings in me (both positive and negative) because I tend to not care about most supporting characters I've read about in other Christie novels. But the bit I enjoyed the most was the complete lack of Hastings! It was refreshing to not be constantly irritated at him which happens every time I've read other Poirot mysteries.
Additionally, I surprised myself by guessing correctly who the culprit was, that almost never happens. For those reasons I greatly enjoyed this book!

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alegna_nosnibor
Apr 06, 2016

Not my favorite, but I really like it. Christie kind of went off into left field to bring out the criminal. However, she kept me on my toes.

EuSei Sep 28, 2014

Another great Hercule Poirot mystery by the queen of mysteries. In my opinion the book is much better than the movie, which didn’t convey the story as well as Mrs. Christie wrote it. It was a very well written book with an intricate plot, difficult to unwind—as are all her books. You will notice Poirot had a much more foreign dialogue than her later books, which, I think, confers him more charm and appeal. I found it interesting that divorce is mentioned as the only possible alternative to one of the characters: in 1928 Mrs. Christie’s husband asked her for a divorce… Highly recommend this book for Agatha Christie’s fans.

EuSei Sep 28, 2014

Another great Hercule Poirot mystery by the queen of mysteries. In my opinion the book is much better than the movie, which didn’t convey the story as well as Mrs. Christie wrote it. It was a very well written book with an intricate plot, difficult to unwind—as are all her books. You will notice Poirot had a much more foreign dialogue than her later books, which, I think, confers him more charm and appeal. I found it interesting that divorce is mentioned as the only possible alternative to one of the characters: in 1928 Mrs. Christie’s husband asked her for a divorce… Highly recommend this book for Agatha Christie’s fans.

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Shelley51
Apr 29, 2013

Hecule Poirot is not my favorite Dame Christy character. Some of his stories are better than others. Maybe I have read too many of her books because I figured out "who did it" very early on. To me the best part of this story was the time period in which it took place!

windbmw8 Apr 23, 2012

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