The Mystery of the Blue Train

Written by: Agatha Christie

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A mysterious woman, a legendary cursed jewel, and a night train to the French riviera -- ingredients for the perfect romance or the perfect crime? When the train stops, the jewel is missing, and the woman is found dead in her compartment. It's the perfect mystery, filled with passion, greed, deceit. And Hercule Poirot is the perfect detective to solve it...
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Inshirah Kamal
If you are not new to an Agatha Christie book you’ll be prepared for perhaps a macabre murder scene with plenty of twists throughout the tale that will have you mentally changing the supposed ‘murderer’, to be awfully stupefied in the end when the actual murderer is revealed.

The mystery of the blue train, is perhaps shocking in the fact the crime is pretty straightforward. Mrs. Ruth Kettering travelling in the blue train is found in her train compartment, strangled to death and then dealt a heav If you are not new to an Agatha Christie book you’ll be prepared for perhaps a macabre murder scene with plenty of twists throughout the tale that will have you mentally changing the supposed ‘murderer’, to be awfully stupefied in the end when the actual murderer is revealed.

The mystery of the blue train, is perhaps shocking in the fact the crime is pretty straightforward. Mrs. Ruth Kettering travelling in the blue train is found in her train compartment, strangled to death and then dealt a heavy blow so as to disfigure her features while a terribly expensive rubies, dubbed the ‘heart of fire’ are missing.

The next thing are the suspects- The main suspect is obviously Mr. Derek Kettering- Ruth’s estranged husband.
Derek has the most to gain from his wife’s death as he gains a fortune which is important as he is utterly impoverished.
The next suspect is Ruth’s lover, the person who she was supposedly going to see- a man called Comte de la Roche, who was a professional swindler and was quiet plainly behind Ruth’s rubies.

Enter Hercule Poirot, a haughty French detective, who can not seem to accept that the above two men are in fact guilty. But who then killed Ruth? As no one else had a motive and an opportunity. Readers will be taken on a masterful ride filled with clues, lies and suspense, in trying to uncover the guilty.

My personal views could of course be gleamed from the above surmise. Yes I thoroughly enjoyed the book for the characters had enough intrigue and secrets to make them interesting, the book had enough twists to keeps me curious and on my feet. In fact, I could hardly put it down once I started. My advice to readers, do NOT disregard the tiny clues that appear inconsequential at first.
To full disclosure would have me state that I could in fact be utterly biased in my views, as I indeed am a great fan of Christie’s books, but in this case I think my bias would be wholly justifiable as the story is truly an exemplary one.
A definite recommendation for fans of Sherlock Holmes and for anyone who enjoys a good detective story.
Mike Shoop
Another good page-turner mystery starring Hercule Poirot! Good lighter fare reading.
Zoe
Another excellent Agatha Christie mystery. Not my favourite by any stretch, but definitely enjoyable.
Dame Agatha Abroad: Murder on the Orient Express / They Came to Bagdad / Murder in Mesopotamia :: The Woman Warrior :: Like Life :: Birds of America :: Curtain
Al
Sorprendentemente, Poirot ya no me disgusta tanto
Carlo
Fun mystery of murder and theft on the Blue Train. Maybe not the best technical puzzle of Christie’s and there were lots of characters introduced which were actually irrelevant to the plot. Nevertheless I enjoyed it.
Aseel
3.5

Firstly, thank god Hastings wasn’t narrating secondly, I had little inklings but overall, I was completely dumbfounded as to who committed the crime, really enjoyed this one
Mikayla
I’m so proud of myself! I actually had an inkling of whodunit before the reveal came around!
Txe Polon
Entretenida entrega de Poirot, con una historia dinámica y unos personajes más interesantes que en algunas de las novelas anteriores.
twice_baked
I liked it but it annoyed me that it was identical to her short story The Plymouth Express (included in Poiroit's The Underdog short stories), which isn't very fair since the plot is based off of that short story, but I read the short story first so I knew what was coming and all of the characters are the same except that she thinly veils them with different names (like Betty to Betsy, that kind) and it was a little bit unsatisfying. But it was a good plot and I never would have guessed the murd I liked it but it annoyed me that it was identical to her short story The Plymouth Express (included in Poiroit's The Underdog short stories), which isn't very fair since the plot is based off of that short story, but I read the short story first so I knew what was coming and all of the characters are the same except that she thinly veils them with different names (like Betty to Betsy, that kind) and it was a little bit unsatisfying. But it was a good plot and I never would have guessed the murderer otherwise. If I had read this first, it would have been an easy 5 stars.

books where I (unintentionally) like the murderer.
Man in the Brown Suit
Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Endless Night
Mystery of the Blue Train
Pocketful of Rye
Murder on the Orient Express
A Caribbean Mystery
Hannah
Simply brilliant. Probably the least expected turned out to be the culprit, as usual. Extremely high on emotional tension, although romantics might find themselves disappointed by the ending if they're easily attached to a pairing.

EDIT 2013/08/09
Having recently reread it and felt quite differently about the romance aspect, I felt the need to edit with a note that it really does rely on perspective. A few years and hindsight does wonders. I enjoyed the love triangle and the ultimate pairing this Simply brilliant. Probably the least expected turned out to be the culprit, as usual. Extremely high on emotional tension, although romantics might find themselves disappointed by the ending if they're easily attached to a pairing.

EDIT 2013/08/09
Having recently reread it and felt quite differently about the romance aspect, I felt the need to edit with a note that it really does rely on perspective. A few years and hindsight does wonders. I enjoyed the love triangle and the ultimate pairing this time around and while I think the book made less of an impression on me when I had first read it (at least in comparison to Christie's other Poirot novels), I adored the feeling of sweeping romance and adventure in the Blue Train.
Tom
Another Poirot mystery that's very enjoyable. I never can figure them out, and I don't really dedicate much brain power attempting to do so. Repeated failures prompted me to forgo attempting to solve the mystery - now I just focus on the excellent wordplay and plot lines. Another train murder mystery, a la Orient Express, but this time involving precious jewels. The first quarter of the book really drags as Christie sets the table with her cast of characters. But after that, Poirot is his usual Another Poirot mystery that's very enjoyable. I never can figure them out, and I don't really dedicate much brain power attempting to do so. Repeated failures prompted me to forgo attempting to solve the mystery - now I just focus on the excellent wordplay and plot lines. Another train murder mystery, a la Orient Express, but this time involving precious jewels. The first quarter of the book really drags as Christie sets the table with her cast of characters. But after that, Poirot is his usual grandiose self and pure joy. Really four stars, but taken down a notch because of the rough start to the book.
Jaret
I really enjoyed this Hercule Poirot mystery. The backdrop of traveling on a train made it more interesting because it opened a lot more possibilities. Christie used this to her advantage, of course. The characters were interesting, but I'll admit, I really didn't care for the person who was murdered, so it was no big loss. Parts did seem to drag on during the investigation, most likely to show of Poirot's detecting skills, and that kept it from being a 5-star book. However, I still truly loved I really enjoyed this Hercule Poirot mystery. The backdrop of traveling on a train made it more interesting because it opened a lot more possibilities. Christie used this to her advantage, of course. The characters were interesting, but I'll admit, I really didn't care for the person who was murdered, so it was no big loss. Parts did seem to drag on during the investigation, most likely to show of Poirot's detecting skills, and that kept it from being a 5-star book. However, I still truly loved reading this story.
SASA
I love Agatha Christie and this book is just what I really love of her Poirot series. She shifted from her tried and true mystery to a much longer introduction of all the characters and it really helps. In a way this is what I always seek in mysteries lay it out and allow the reader to come up with possible theories.
Not much to say other then a great setting for another murder mystery.
Rachel
Finally I guessed the murderer correctly!
Sarah
What I liked about this book was that I couldn't guess who the murderer was. The ending was pleasantly unexpected (I like being wrong when it comes to mystery books). The story itself was alright. The murder itself was simple and brutal. It was an enjoyable read, but far from intriguing, for a number of reasons.

Christie's writing is simple and benefits the pace of her book. That being said, her characters seemed flat. There was nothing under the surface for any of them. Katherine Grey was meant What I liked about this book was that I couldn't guess who the murderer was. The ending was pleasantly unexpected (I like being wrong when it comes to mystery books). The story itself was alright. The murder itself was simple and brutal. It was an enjoyable read, but far from intriguing, for a number of reasons.

Christie's writing is simple and benefits the pace of her book. That being said, her characters seemed flat. There was nothing under the surface for any of them. Katherine Grey was meant to be a smart, level-headed woman who helps Poirot uncover the mystery and that's exactly what she does, no more. Other than the murderer, none of the characters were layered, or well rounded. They didn't have a lot of depth.

The art of Christie's stories lies in the plot, in the movement of her characters rather than the characters themselves. Another point to note was how each character was somehow tied to their country of origin. Poirot, from France, was flamboyant, social and fierce. Katherine, Derek and other English characters were calmer and less social. There was all this talk about the difference between the French and the English, which is all interesting to read, but doesn't hold weight or add value to the mystery.
John Frankham
A below-average Hercule Poirot whodunnit. Somehow the structure lacks coherence, and many characters are stock characters, lacking conviction. Perhaps because Poirot has no permanent side-kick to talk to, so he dashes from discussion to discussion. Just nearer 3* than 4*. Scenes in St. Mary Mead, London, Paris, Lyons, Nice, but little sense or atmosphere of place.

58 pages introducing us to the characters, 10 pages on the Blue Train from Victoria to Nice (with a murder on board, of course, and Po A below-average Hercule Poirot whodunnit. Somehow the structure lacks coherence, and many characters are stock characters, lacking conviction. Perhaps because Poirot has no permanent side-kick to talk to, so he dashes from discussion to discussion. Just nearer 3* than 4*. Scenes in St. Mary Mead, London, Paris, Lyons, Nice, but little sense or atmosphere of place.

58 pages introducing us to the characters, 10 pages on the Blue Train from Victoria to Nice (with a murder on board, of course, and Poirot making his appearance, dining with the heroine in the dining car), and 152 pages in which Hercule tries to solve the murder.

The GR blurb says, rather gushingly:

"A mysterious woman, a legendary cursed jewel, and a night train to the Mediterranean -- ingredients for the perfect romance or the perfect crime? When the train stops, the jewel is missing, and the woman is found dead in her compartment. It's the perfect mystery, filled with passion, greed, deceit. And Hercule Poirot is the perfect detective to solve it..."

Silly really, since the woman is not mysterious, the Jewel is not legendarily cursed, and there is little passion! This doesn't affect the book, of course, but might lead to some disappointed or misled readers.
John Mccullough
This is the 8th book published by Dame Agatha Christie and the 5th by my count featuring her clever Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. She was writing it both both before and after her famous "Disappearance" as she was mentally recovering from the discovery that her first husband, Colonel Archibald "Archie" Christie was unfaithful, and their subsequent divorce in 1928. It may have been Christie's least favorite book for reasons beyond its association with her personal life; beside the divorce he This is the 8th book published by Dame Agatha Christie and the 5th by my count featuring her clever Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. She was writing it both both before and after her famous "Disappearance" as she was mentally recovering from the discovery that her first husband, Colonel Archibald "Archie" Christie was unfaithful, and their subsequent divorce in 1928. It may have been Christie's least favorite book for reasons beyond its association with her personal life; beside the divorce her mother dies earlier in the year. It was given passing, but not enthusiastic, book reviews.

This is a classic Christie mystery with international travel on a genuine luxury train that linked England with the French Riviera, a small cast of characters, a cheating husband, a huge ruby as a McGuffin and clues sprinkled throughout the book. Its a wonderful beach/vacation/traveling read and has short chapter (which I like) although it is longer than most of her books. It is, as always, well written and includes mention of wonderful French menus and foods. Be careful - it will make you hungry!
YorchTF
Estoy leyendo los libros de Poirot en orden por una lectura conjunta y una vez más no he sabido el resultado final (todavía me quedan unos cuantos libros por leer y tengo la esperanza de adivinar el desenlace en algunp de ellos). Este tipo de libros son de esos que me gustaría leer con bolígrafo y papel al lado para ir apuntando los detalles para que en la explicación final de Poirot no me pierda pero me es imposible hacer eso. Otro buen libro aunque de leer tantos libros "seguidos" ya voy viend Estoy leyendo los libros de Poirot en orden por una lectura conjunta y una vez más no he sabido el resultado final (todavía me quedan unos cuantos libros por leer y tengo la esperanza de adivinar el desenlace en algunp de ellos). Este tipo de libros son de esos que me gustaría leer con bolígrafo y papel al lado para ir apuntando los detalles para que en la explicación final de Poirot no me pierda pero me es imposible hacer eso. Otro buen libro aunque de leer tantos libros "seguidos" ya voy viendo algunas similitudes con libros anteriores pero es algo que paso por alto gracias al misterio y la intriga de saber qué habrá pasado.
Jay
I always think I can figure out the solution to these Agatha Christie novels, but every time am I so fooled. With less than a dozen pages left in this book, I'm trying out all the possible characters as the murderer... and I still get it wrong. Yet it all makes sense when the answer is revealed. How can she keep me so fooled for so long??

I haven't read all of her books yet. I'll figure out one of them in time!

Also, this book is very different from Murder on the Orient Express. They may both have I always think I can figure out the solution to these Agatha Christie novels, but every time am I so fooled. With less than a dozen pages left in this book, I'm trying out all the possible characters as the murderer... and I still get it wrong. Yet it all makes sense when the answer is revealed. How can she keep me so fooled for so long??

I haven't read all of her books yet. I'll figure out one of them in time!

Also, this book is very different from Murder on the Orient Express. They may both have trains in the title and in the plot, but the similarities are otherwise few. So reading that book sure won't help you solve this book.
Sonia Almeida Dias
Easily my favourite book of the Poirot marathon I've been doing lately. The plot is not new or original, however the way it was written was very different from previous novels, almost as if the main character was Miss Grey and not Poirot itself, which I found very refreshing.
The build up to the murder itself was also longer than usual, and almost up till the end I was at loss to who had committed the murder, which is unusual for me.
Really liked it and recommend it to genre fans.
Abbey
I know Agatha Christie didn't especially like this one, and didn't feel she'd been able to put her best work into it, but it really isn't that bad. It just isn't great, like some of her books. It's fairly average, on the whole. The mystery is decent; the writing isn't bad; a couple of the characters are pretty good. It just doesn't have that special spark that some of her books do - it's still an enjoyable read, though.
Trish
Enjoyable, although it did seem to rely on more coincidences than Agatha Christie normally has, albeit some of them ended up as clues.

Having St Mary Mead mentioned was a bit confusing, but I guess she invented it for this, and then liked the name so she recycled it for the first Marple, a couple of years later.
Loren Johnson
3.5 stars. Although I did enjoy this in the end, it took a long while to become invested in it. It’s one of my least favourite in the series thus far, but a good story nonetheless. I struggled a bit with the change in POV for a while but, got over that quickly. Another great Poirot read, look forward to the next!
Peggy
This was an odd one. Maybe I just had too many interruptions reading it, but it felt overly convoluted and like I was missing some stuff. I guess this happens when you read a book during Thanksgiving!
Joelle
Another good one! I was guessing up to the final reveal, but I did suspect the culprit, it crossed my mind anyway. The ending also made me feel better about who I was shipping.
I gave Agatha Christie another chance because these two books were being given away at our library, but now I’m hooked.
Medlibrarian
Christie hated this book, but I have always rather enjoyed it. Young woman unexpectedly inherits a bunch of money and goes by train to the south of France for a holiday, bu4 gets mixed up in a murder.
Sara 《Blackdragxn》
Perfect evening read. Agatha never disappoints.
Kaja
Such a great and exciting read. It kept me guessing the whole time. Hercule Poirot is an awesome character!
Vinay Leo R.
Interesting. I did not quite expect that conclusion.
J.A. Kahn
An enjoyable read. This is the first Poirot novel I’ve read & I have to say I correctly guessed early on who the culprit of the crime was likely to be. Still, not a bad few hours spent reading.
Sauron
No está mal la historia, aunque el hecho de que mi primera suposición haya resultado la correcta le quita muchos puntos
Damien Angelica Walters
This feels so much more like a Poirot novel than The Big Four! I like, too, that it's in third person as it gives the novel a different feel. I can't say this is one of my top favorites in the series, but I liked it quite a bit.
James
Poirot solves a murder on a train - sounds familiar, but this is the Blue Train rather than the Orient Express. Some good development of Poirot's character as a preening mother hen - which is always fun - and a good whodunnit that keeps you guessing (more or less) until the end. (view spoiler)[I guessed the murderer, but missed the accomplice! (hide spoiler)] Also, the interesting introduction of the first characters from St. Mary Mead: future location of Miss Marple when she finally appears...
Sophie
It was my first novel by Agatha Christie, so, unfortunately, I can't compare it to any others.
Despite the challenging language, I read it through three evenings. As expected, it kept me in suspense to the very end. One of my next choices may involve "The ABC Murders".
Kasia Proce
4.5/5 stars

I felt the need to read a Hercule Poirot story that took place on a train, and unfortunately, since I have seen Murder on the Orient Express and know its' ending, I found myself a void. However, the Mystery of the Blue Train perfectly filled that void and I am happy to say that it was one of the better Agatha Christie reads.
Lauren
This was my first Agatha Christie, and therefore my first Hercule Poirot. My grandmother loves Poirot, so it was fun to see the character come to live, though our experiences are through two different media. The story had a cozy sort of feeling to eat, similar to the feeling I get while watching Murder, She Wrote (another of my grandmother's favorites).

The story followed a pretty linear plot scheme, though I don't feel like the mystery was well written enough to allow readers to play along as t This was my first Agatha Christie, and therefore my first Hercule Poirot. My grandmother loves Poirot, so it was fun to see the character come to live, though our experiences are through two different media. The story had a cozy sort of feeling to eat, similar to the feeling I get while watching Murder, She Wrote (another of my grandmother's favorites).

The story followed a pretty linear plot scheme, though I don't feel like the mystery was well written enough to allow readers to play along as they read-there were simply too many elements that were only surmis-able by Poirot. I found that to be a little disappointing. There were certainly allusions made to the outcome, but it was more a literary technique of foreshadowing rather than any richness in the mystery itself.

This was light, easy read-of the old school. It's always nice to have a nice piece of fluff to fall back on (though if I had to pick, I'd go with Wodehouse, particularly Jeeves), and this mystery fit the bill. I will give another Christie mystery a shot, perhaps one of Poirot's first mysteries, to get better acclimated with the man.

I would recommend to readers looking for a light, old school, mystery to fill an afternoon or perhaps a short plane flight.
Fausto
Aceptable novela detectivesca que tiene todos los ingredientes de este género, y tan bien utiliza Christie, que están encuadrados en un escenario ideal: un tren de lujo. En este “decorado” se suceden las intrigas donde el amor, la ambición y el dinero se entremezclan. La trama, bien urdida, se compone de varios elementos intrigantes: joyas legendarias, herencias, adulterios, bailarinas, ladrones famosos, y un buen puñado de personajes interesantes.
No es de sus mejores novelas, inferior a su pre Aceptable novela detectivesca que tiene todos los ingredientes de este género, y tan bien utiliza Christie, que están encuadrados en un escenario ideal: un tren de lujo. En este “decorado” se suceden las intrigas donde el amor, la ambición y el dinero se entremezclan. La trama, bien urdida, se compone de varios elementos intrigantes: joyas legendarias, herencias, adulterios, bailarinas, ladrones famosos, y un buen puñado de personajes interesantes.
No es de sus mejores novelas, inferior a su predecesora “El asesinato de Roger Ackroyd”, pero cumple a la perfección la función de entretener con una buena historia de misterio.

Quien siga también la serie de televisión, se llevará una gran decepción. Han cogido los protagonistas y los han “metido a todos” en el tren (una gran diferencia con el texto). A partir de ahí, se han sucedido una serie de vinculaciones y acciones entre los personajes que poco, o casi nada, tienen que ver con el original. El guión les ha dado la vuelta como si fueran un calcetín y, lo peor de todo, nunca para mejorar la trama de la escritora.

Mi nota: 6
Moira Fogarty
Not her best work but a solid, quick, comfortable read. I enjoyed the little pre-Marple peek into the grumpy, gossipy old residents of St Mary Mead, and the simply sketched pleasures of the Riviera in winter. The priceless royal rubies, international jewelry thieves, scandalous seducers, premonitions of doom, and ghostly presences, as well as the late life romantic adventures of a kindly spinster turned rich were all rather heavily laid on escapist tropes but they all rubbed along well together. Not her best work but a solid, quick, comfortable read. I enjoyed the little pre-Marple peek into the grumpy, gossipy old residents of St Mary Mead, and the simply sketched pleasures of the Riviera in winter. The priceless royal rubies, international jewelry thieves, scandalous seducers, premonitions of doom, and ghostly presences, as well as the late life romantic adventures of a kindly spinster turned rich were all rather heavily laid on escapist tropes but they all rubbed along well together. I liked the pacing and the banter between Poirot and his valet, and his manner of interviewing people of interest who were reluctant to come forth with information pertinent to the crime. I did guess at the whodunnit but that did not mar my enjoyment of the unraveling, or watching the little Belgian set his traps for the unwary. Excellent read for those times when a vacation is not likely anytime soon; your brain at least can enjoy a thrilling train journey from London to Nice.
Koki
Keď sa mi do rúk dostala kniha od Agathy, neodolala som a hneď sa do nej pustila. Úprimne, bola som aj naladená na detektívku a pár dní tajne poškuľovala po Dominikovi Dánovi, no keď mi poštárka priniesla Agathu Christie, hneď som ju otvorila a pustila sa do čítania.

Autorka patrí medzi klasiku a niekde som čítala, že práve tento titul označila za najhoršiu knihu akú kedy napísala. Ja si to však nemyslím. Mne sa kniha páčila. Mala bohatý dej, sympatické postavy. A pri každom novom dôkaze, ktorý Keď sa mi do rúk dostala kniha od Agathy, neodolala som a hneď sa do nej pustila. Úprimne, bola som aj naladená na detektívku a pár dní tajne poškuľovala po Dominikovi Dánovi, no keď mi poštárka priniesla Agathu Christie, hneď som ju otvorila a pustila sa do čítania.

Autorka patrí medzi klasiku a niekde som čítala, že práve tento titul označila za najhoršiu knihu akú kedy napísala. Ja si to však nemyslím. Mne sa kniha páčila. Mala bohatý dej, sympatické postavy. A pri každom novom dôkaze, ktorý nám predostrel Hercule Poirot som tipovala iného vraha. Ľahko a hladko ma autorka dostala presne tam kam chcela... Zvyšok recenzie je tu: http://kokina1.blogspot.sk/2015/12/za...
Richard
When I feel like a Christie, I make my choice pretty much at random - based on whichever title catches my fancy. This may not be the best plan. When I was a kid, I loved all Christies pretty indiscriminately, but it is apparent to adult me that not every Christie was created equal.

Apparently, Agatha herself named this as her worst effort, and although I still consider it much better than, say, The Man in the Brown Suit , it is pretty half-assed. There are some decent bits, though. I very much li When I feel like a Christie, I make my choice pretty much at random - based on whichever title catches my fancy. This may not be the best plan. When I was a kid, I loved all Christies pretty indiscriminately, but it is apparent to adult me that not every Christie was created equal.

Apparently, Agatha herself named this as her worst effort, and although I still consider it much better than, say, The Man in the Brown Suit , it is pretty half-assed. There are some decent bits, though. I very much liked the character of Lennox, and the way Poirot meddles in the young ladies' love lives is amusing (although it also tips Christie's hand in a way that is quite unlike her).

There are definitely better ones, but I think there are worse ones, too.
Penelope
Otro libro leído de Agatha Christie. En general este no me ha gustado tanto como los otros que he leído, principalmente porque cuando empecé a leerlo pensaba que el asesino era muy obvio pero claro Agatha consigue engañarnos bien. Aun así, como pensaba que era demasiado fácil, no me estaba "enganchando" tanto como yo quería que pasara. Tampoco puedo evitar compararlo con los otros que he leído de ella, que sí que me han tenido en vela por saber quién era el asesino.

Igualmente, sigo queriendo lee Otro libro leído de Agatha Christie. En general este no me ha gustado tanto como los otros que he leído, principalmente porque cuando empecé a leerlo pensaba que el asesino era muy obvio pero claro Agatha consigue engañarnos bien. Aun así, como pensaba que era demasiado fácil, no me estaba "enganchando" tanto como yo quería que pasara. Tampoco puedo evitar compararlo con los otros que he leído de ella, que sí que me han tenido en vela por saber quién era el asesino.

Igualmente, sigo queriendo leer muchos más libros de esta autora porque es genial, y bueno no porque este me haya gustado menos significa que la vaya a dejar de leer.

Así que si alguno de vosotros está leyendo esto ahora, por favor haced que vuestra próxima lectura sea un libro de Agatha Christie.
Natalie (CuriousReader)
Another fun and fast-paced mystery from the Queen of crime! This time in a train, I have yet to read Murder on the Orient Express but I think I shall like it seeing as I really liked the setting for the mystery in The mystery of the Blue Train. Surprisingly, I noticed a bit of repetitiveness in Christie's writing here - something I've not noticed before, like for example a character "..., said with a smirk" only to be written again, two sentences down. Aside from that it was fun and had me going Another fun and fast-paced mystery from the Queen of crime! This time in a train, I have yet to read Murder on the Orient Express but I think I shall like it seeing as I really liked the setting for the mystery in The mystery of the Blue Train. Surprisingly, I noticed a bit of repetitiveness in Christie's writing here - something I've not noticed before, like for example a character "..., said with a smirk" only to be written again, two sentences down. Aside from that it was fun and had me going round in circles, suspecting everyone and changing my mind over and over, which is what I want from a mystery. I can't get enough of Poirot, and I look forward to more of the same.
Cheryl Landmark
A vintage Agatha Christie novel--one of her earlier Hercule Poirot mysteries and very entertaining. Hercule Poirot is egotistical, vain and conceited and so utterly charming despite those qualities that he remains one of my favourite Christie characters.

I must say that I found one annoying habit of Ms. Christie's writing that made me shudder every time I read it and that was having her characters say "I have got". Ugh! But, aside from that, I enjoyed the mystery and Poirot's usual flamboyant met A vintage Agatha Christie novel--one of her earlier Hercule Poirot mysteries and very entertaining. Hercule Poirot is egotistical, vain and conceited and so utterly charming despite those qualities that he remains one of my favourite Christie characters.

I must say that I found one annoying habit of Ms. Christie's writing that made me shudder every time I read it and that was having her characters say "I have got". Ugh! But, aside from that, I enjoyed the mystery and Poirot's usual flamboyant method of solving it. I've always been an Agatha Christie fan and will continue to be so in the future.
Gaetano
Giallo in puro stile Agatha Christie, con il solito Poirot in piena forma che non lascia scampo ai colpevoli, nonostante il loro piano sembri pressoché perfetto.

Ho trovato la trama avvincente, arricchita con intrighi internazionali e gioielli favolosi.

Mi ha intrigato il personaggio di Katherine Gray, che parla con Poirot dei libri gialli e del loro successo, in una vera e propria riflessione metalinguistica.

Il successo dei libri gialli viene spiegato dal fatto che scatenano la fantasia con av Giallo in puro stile Agatha Christie, con il solito Poirot in piena forma che non lascia scampo ai colpevoli, nonostante il loro piano sembri pressoché perfetto.

Ho trovato la trama avvincente, arricchita con intrighi internazionali e gioielli favolosi.

Mi ha intrigato il personaggio di Katherine Gray, che parla con Poirot dei libri gialli e del loro successo, in una vera e propria riflessione metalinguistica.

Il successo dei libri gialli viene spiegato dal fatto che scatenano la fantasia con avvenimenti in cui è molto improbabile trovarsi coinvolti nella vita reale... Invece questa volta Katherine sarà coinvolta più di quanto avrebbe mai potuto immaginare!
Julie Davis
Continuing my listening rereading of Agatha Christie. I see that I read this in 2011 and yet I have absolutely no memory of the story. We'll see how long it takes to come back to me.

FINAL
I had no memory at all of this book. Or did I? I did figure out the killer and accomplice based on one slight clue, not that which Poirot ever mentioned. So it was either deep subconscious memories or a very rare "win" in mystery solving. Definitely enjoyable though not one of Christie's best for me.
Stevie
I did enjoy the novel, although I found the blurb slightly misleading "...Yet Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie re-enactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board..." I was expecting this to be a closed room mystery, set on the train and solved on the train. The initial murder happens on board, but apart from that there's no train until 3 pages at the end, and it was hardly a re-enactment! Still enjoyable though - good but not great.
Jannah (Cloud Child)
4/5
Reread. Once you become an Agatha Christie junkie you figure out patterns and clues. Though I didn't remember the story clearly, it was fairly easy to figure out the clues and culprit overall. Quick easy read.
Cris
Para mim esse foi um livro mediano. O mistério do colar de rubis e do assassinato da socialite não me envolveu tanto quanto os outros livros da autora. Achei que o Poirot também não estava muito inspirado. A autora deve ter escrito o livro só para cumprir tabela mesmo.
Susan
I've read this one years ago, watched it on PBS television and then recently rented the dvd from my library. All in all an interesting, typical Poirot mystery. Agatha Christie is always a good go-to author for me when I can't decide what to read.
sherry george
finally finished! this book is so long and not exciting at all, the last few pages were like the most exciting part , but even tho, and the murderer turned to be somebody else , but it was good, i am giving 3 stars
Filipa
Mais um grande policial. Estou eternamente grata a quem me levou a descobrir a autora. É por causa do seu talento que o género policial é um dos meus géneros de eleição na literatura.
Mahlon
An above average mystery, I only guessed The culprit at about 80% through. All the best Christie mysteries take place on trains in my opinion. Expert narration by Hugh Fraser.
Aditi
Unfinished business - that's what comes to mind when I read the characters. As if its a rushed job. 3.5 stars only for Poirot.
Meagan
This was my first venture into Agatha Chrsitie and I was not disappointed. It was a fun, old school whodunit mystery with entertaining over the top characters. I will be reading more of her work.
Eli
Once again Poirot disolves a murder and does a great job at it :)
Agnesxnitt
Another enjoyable revisit with AC and M. Hercule Poirot.
Ruth Kettering, an American Heiress, unhappily married and advised by her millionaire father, Rufus Van Alden, to divorce her wayward husband, Derek Kettering, leaves London in January for the glories of the French Riviera on the famous Blue Train.
She takes with her a very generous gift from her father, fabulous rubies that once belonged to Catherine The Great, one famously called the 'Heart of Fire'.
On the train she briefly opens her worri Another enjoyable revisit with AC and M. Hercule Poirot.
Ruth Kettering, an American Heiress, unhappily married and advised by her millionaire father, Rufus Van Alden, to divorce her wayward husband, Derek Kettering, leaves London in January for the glories of the French Riviera on the famous Blue Train.
She takes with her a very generous gift from her father, fabulous rubies that once belonged to Catherine The Great, one famously called the 'Heart of Fire'.
On the train she briefly opens her worried heart to a complete stranger, Katherine Grey, a former companion who has been left a sizeable fortune by her last employer and who is travelling to Nice on the Blue Train as her first adventure in her new life.
Ruth tell Katherine she is meeting with her first love, the Comte de la Roche, whom her father split her from as a young woman. Since Derek Kettering has effectively married her for her money, Ruth, not entirely blameless in the breakdown of her marriage, has taken comfort in the arms of the Comte. But in a rare moment of conscience, Ruth is experiencing serious second thoughts. Katherine listens and advises her to wire her father to meet her in Paris to tell him everything. Ruth thanks Katherine and they part.
And the next morning Katherine is found murdered, her maid and jewels missing.
Katherine is questioned by the French police and the funny little man whom she shared her dinner table with the previous evening is present. He is introduced as M. Hercule Poirot, the greatest living, though retired, detective who is now attached to the case.
M. Poirot is charmed by Katherine and her very Englishness, and invites her to help him investigate the case.
Katherine is staying with Lady Tamplin, a distant cousin, who hopes to financially gain from their very distant family connection. Lady Tamplin's 4th husband, Chubby, is charming but clueless but Lenox, Lady Tamplin's daughter, is more realistic and becomes friendly with Katherine.
Derek Kettering has seen Katherine twice before in London, and is both pleased and surprised to see Katherine in Nice, but she has seen him three times - the 3rd being on the Blue train, leaving his estranged wife's berth on the night of the murder. Derek is well known to be in low water financially, and his divorce from Katherine would have ruined him.
Mirelle, the infamous dancer, is Derek's mistress - and a very expensive one. She tells Derek that if his wife should die, intestate, he would be rich enough to keep Mirelle, but as a pauper, she must bid him farewell. And Mirelle is on the Blue Train too.
Soon Katherine finds life as a interesting as she has ever known it - a murder, two gentlemen admirers - Derek Kettering and Rufus Van Alden's secretary, Major Richard Knighton, and Papa Poirot with a twinkle in his eye and wise words of advice.
I re-read this as the official AC websites Book of the Month suggestion which I have challenged myself to complete this year.
Dana Burda
Romanul '' Misterul trenului albastru '' de Agatha Christie a apărut la editura RAO în anul 2015 în seria Hercule Poirot, Ediția colecționarului, 10. A fost tradus în limba română de Nichita Monica. Romanul a fost publicat pentru prima dată în 1928. Pe undeva povestea are mici, foarte mici asemănări cu ceva mai tîrziul și mult mai celebrul roman '' Crima din Orient Expres''.
Rufus von Aldin, multimilionar american reușește să achiziționeze trei mari rubine bine cunoscute în lume și despre care se Romanul '' Misterul trenului albastru '' de Agatha Christie a apărut la editura RAO în anul 2015 în seria Hercule Poirot, Ediția colecționarului, 10. A fost tradus în limba română de Nichita Monica. Romanul a fost publicat pentru prima dată în 1928. Pe undeva povestea are mici, foarte mici asemănări cu ceva mai tîrziul și mult mai celebrul roman '' Crima din Orient Expres''.
Rufus von Aldin, multimilionar american reușește să achiziționeze trei mari rubine bine cunoscute în lume și despre care se spunea că ar fi fost purtate de însăși țarina Ecaterina cea mare. Între ele, cel denumit '' Inimă de foc'' era de o mărime considerabilă. Rufus dăruiește rubinele fiicei lui Ruthe Kettering pentru a o scoate din starea de nemulțumire cauzată de soțul ei, Derek Kettering,un aristocrat sărăcit care se căsătorise cu fiica milionarului din interes și știind că aceasta iubea pe altcineva. Cei doi locuiau separat așa cum fusese înțelegere dar Ruthe nu suporta totuși modul ostentativ cu care Derek se afișa cu mult prea cunoscuta dansatoare Mirelle. Van Aldin își sfătuiește fiica să divorțeze și acesta îi acceptă sfatul. După ce-și anunță soțul că va divorța, Ruth decide să plece în Franța, pe Riviera pentru a se relaxa. Dar în realitate stabilise să se întâlnească cu primul ei iubit cunoscut sub numele de contele de la Roche. Și așa se întâlnesc dintr-o stranie coincidență în renumitul pe atunci Tren albastru ce unea Parisul de Riviera, Ruth Kettering însoțită de camerista ei, tânăra Katherine Grey care tocmai moștenise o frumoasă avere și mergea să-și cunoască rudele, Derek Ketteringcare nu știa încă de prezența soției lui în tren și cunoscutul detectiv Hercule Poirot. Prezența lui se va dovedi providențială pentru că la sosirea la Nisa se descoperă că Ruth kettering fusese ucisă iar celebrele rubine dispăruseră. Urmează o anchetă dublă , a poliției și a lui hercule Poirot. Acesta va reuși în final să pună fiecare întâmplare și fiecare personaj la locul potrivit pentru a scoate adevărul la lumină. Un roman extrem de plăcut care pe lângă intriga polițistă de calitate are și o poveste romantică cuceritoare. Și un citat care merită reținut: '' O femeie trebuie să fie calmă și înțelegătoare și o bună bucătăreasă!'' p.270
Amanda Ooi
I’ve read a few Christie’s books and I enjoyed reading them, including The Mystery of the Blue Train. Although the plot is not particularly interesting (it’s just another typical Poirot mystery), I still find it bearably engaging and have the eagerness to find out the solution; I was not disappointed by the solution at all. In fact, I was fooled thoroughly by Christie, once again! It’s not easy to guess correctly (not using my little grey cells, I think) because I was led astray by the clues, th I’ve read a few Christie’s books and I enjoyed reading them, including The Mystery of the Blue Train. Although the plot is not particularly interesting (it’s just another typical Poirot mystery), I still find it bearably engaging and have the eagerness to find out the solution; I was not disappointed by the solution at all. In fact, I was fooled thoroughly by Christie, once again! It’s not easy to guess correctly (not using my little grey cells, I think) because I was led astray by the clues, thinking that the murderer could only be one of the two persons in my mind. As it turns out, there’s more to the story.

Most importantly, I like the main female character so much. She is the kind of woman I aspire to be; she keeps her cool and she is a good listener and possibly the most patient woman in the world. She listens and seldom speaks what she thinks; maybe that was how she got on the same track with Hercule Poirot in solving the mystery. In short, she’s intelligent af.

I feel like I have to explain why I rated the book with only three stars. I think it’s because I am used to reading Christie’s other books which had the mystery solved in one setting; say, Poirot solved the murder on a train in Murder on the Orient Express or in a miserable small village (Murder of Roger Ackroyd) .The Mystery of the Blue Train is different. The characters travelled from places to places and sometimes, it confused me. I also feel that, the book is less “knitted ” in this sense.

The next point is closely linked to my previous point. There are a lot of unnecessary scenes and conversations, which could be caused by the changes of setting.

All in all, this book is a good one, but definitely not one of the hits of Christie’s. Like it but didn't love it.
Ashirley
I read a lot of Poirot books, but just having finished "The Mystery of the Blue Train" I have to say that it is definitely one of my new favorites. It's not so much that the mystery was one of her best (in fact I suspected the murderer very early on). It is more of the tone and flavor of this one which was so much fun, rich american heiress with a mysterious lover who is not her husband, famous jewels which are stolen in the dead of the night, villas on the French Rivera and of course Poirot him I read a lot of Poirot books, but just having finished "The Mystery of the Blue Train" I have to say that it is definitely one of my new favorites. It's not so much that the mystery was one of her best (in fact I suspected the murderer very early on). It is more of the tone and flavor of this one which was so much fun, rich american heiress with a mysterious lover who is not her husband, famous jewels which are stolen in the dead of the night, villas on the French Rivera and of course Poirot himself in top notch form, all make this one a favorite. However, like many readers suggest, I think what makes this story so special is Katherine Gray and her relationship with Poirot. They both seem to understand one another and I love all of their conversations throughout the book and how Poirot is always looking out for her best interests. She almost seems like a Cinderella character in a way. Poor woman in her thirties who inherits a fortune and is suddenly swept up into a exciting and romantic murder mystery. Loved her! Oh, yes, and I also loved Lenox too. Her relationship with Poirot and Katherine were just the icing on the cake. I think she is probably one of Christie's most lovable and spunkiest characters ever, and I wish she could have written a book all about Lenox too instead of just making her a side character.
Chrystyna
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie - Very Good

This is another one that has been televised and I have to say I've always felt the tv version lacked something. Now I know why, the book is so much better. The TV adaptation kept only the very basic sense of the story and changed the characters to be very different people, added new characters and bizarre plot twists that were never there. The fact that the book was so different from the very first page meant that I flew through this in The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie - Very Good

This is another one that has been televised and I have to say I've always felt the tv version lacked something. Now I know why, the book is so much better. The TV adaptation kept only the very basic sense of the story and changed the characters to be very different people, added new characters and bizarre plot twists that were never there. The fact that the book was so different from the very first page meant that I flew through this in a couple of days/sessions and now need to read something else quickly before I go on holiday.

This is another one that has been televised and I have to say I've always felt the tv version lacked something. Now I know why, the book is so much better. The TV adaptation kept only the very basic sense of the story and changed the characters to be very different people, added new characters and bizarre plot twists that were never there. The fact that the book was so different from the very first page meant that I flew through this in a couple of days/sessions and now need to read something else quickly before I go on holiday.

This may turn out to be one of my favourite Agatha Christie books alongside Evil Under the Sun and Death on the Nile.
Art
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie is book six of the Hercule Poirot series. Christie does a truly remarkable job of keeping each book fresh. It would be super easy to make these books be a cookie cutter formula, but she makes each feel like a new dish with the same cook. Poirot although a polite Belgian is a bit condiscending. In that way, he is a bit like Sherlock Holmes. In this installment, we don't see our series protaginist until chapter ten. Christie doesn't bring him in unt The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie is book six of the Hercule Poirot series. Christie does a truly remarkable job of keeping each book fresh. It would be super easy to make these books be a cookie cutter formula, but she makes each feel like a new dish with the same cook. Poirot although a polite Belgian is a bit condiscending. In that way, he is a bit like Sherlock Holmes. In this installment, we don't see our series protaginist until chapter ten. Christie doesn't bring him in until there is a reason to do so. A truly novel concept if you think about it. She is successful in making Poirot into a person in her world and not the center of it. The twist and turns I've become to expect in her books are still there, but some how I don't see them coming. The Mystery of the Blue Train is more like a jigsaw puzzle than any of her books I've read so far. In this way, the reader finds himself/herself in the same position of our lead character. Christie drops clues like a trail of breadcrumbs throughout the story amazingly. The Mystery of the Blue Train is a five star fun time. Black Coffee is the next book on my Poirot reading list. It will be on my March TBR.
Liedzeit
Splendid. Ruth Kettering is not a woman to warm our heart. A spoilt rich man’s daughter. Father wants her to divorce her unfaithful husband. But she also had a secret love. Luckily she gets killed on the Blue Train on the way to the Côte d’Azur.
Husband, of course is a suspect, and so is her would be lover, a dubious charlatan. On board of the train one Katherine Grey, just inherited a small fortune. A typical Christie heroine. Plain, but with beautiful eyes. And Hercule Poirot, of course tells h Splendid. Ruth Kettering is not a woman to warm our heart. A spoilt rich man’s daughter. Father wants her to divorce her unfaithful husband. But she also had a secret love. Luckily she gets killed on the Blue Train on the way to the Côte d’Azur.
Husband, of course is a suspect, and so is her would be lover, a dubious charlatan. On board of the train one Katherine Grey, just inherited a small fortune. A typical Christie heroine. Plain, but with beautiful eyes. And Hercule Poirot, of course tells her that maybe there will be a murder.
Coincidence? Unbelievable? Even more unbelievable is that two guys fall in love with her. A woman who had had no man before in her life. And not because of money. One is Ruth’s husband who will inherit 20 million pounds – if not send to prison, the other the secretary of rich father. Now, the solution to the crime is easy. The secretary is seemingly a good guy in no way connected to the crime, the other a philanderer and lier. Of course, I knew that secretary must be the murderer. Even if I had no idea how and why he did it. Does not really matter. Turns out he was secretly a well know figure of the underworld who got the position just to get the rubins that father bought daughter. Very stupid the whole story, of course, but very satisfying.
Chaitra
I think very differently now than I used to when I first read and loved the Christie books. I still like this one better than most Hercule Poirots, because I dislike Watson and he’s not doing a piss poor job of narrating this one. I also knew who the killer was, because I think I subconsciously remembered the plot from having read it before. What I didn’t remember but know to expect now is how little respect Agatha Christie has for her ladies. If she’s not Miss Marple, and she’s not the perfect I think very differently now than I used to when I first read and loved the Christie books. I still like this one better than most Hercule Poirots, because I dislike Watson and he’s not doing a piss poor job of narrating this one. I also knew who the killer was, because I think I subconsciously remembered the plot from having read it before. What I didn’t remember but know to expect now is how little respect Agatha Christie has for her ladies. If she’s not Miss Marple, and she’s not the perfect perfection, she’s not met with much sympathy.

In this book, a dancer gets a bad rap for being with a man for money. She’s upfront about it, but she’s the bad person. Our guy is the estranged husband of the girl who gets killed. He’s upfront about marrying her for money, and then he cheats on her and is a general jackass. She’s not a very nice person, but that means zilch when she has the money and this person doesn’t want to divorce her. But still, he’s a clear hero who deserves all his chances, a bad boy who can change when the right person comes along.

Also, jewels might be a weakness of the female gender, but for heavens sake, men aren’t much better when it comes to wealth.
Bonnie Sanguinet
I read many of Christie's more famous books as a teenager and have enjoyed the PBS VERSIONS OF BOTH miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, so it was natural I would feel right at home with one of her later Poirot mysteries. I listened to the story of CDs in my car, so the story line was interrupted several time, but I still enjoyed John Moffat's reading

The plot ended up being a little more complicated, with more characters to develope. MIss Katherine Grey has inherited a small fortune after being a cro I read many of Christie's more famous books as a teenager and have enjoyed the PBS VERSIONS OF BOTH miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, so it was natural I would feel right at home with one of her later Poirot mysteries. I listened to the story of CDs in my car, so the story line was interrupted several time, but I still enjoyed John Moffat's reading

The plot ended up being a little more complicated, with more characters to develope. MIss Katherine Grey has inherited a small fortune after being a crotchety old woman's companion for 10 years. She is a handsome woman of 33 with a will to travel, so she buys some suitable, well tailored clothing and takes the famous Blue Train to the French Riviera where she meets the soon to be strangled, spoiled Ruth Kettering. Miss Grey is questioned by the police in Nice as she is the last person to talk to Mrs. Kettering. There are also missing jewels. Suspects abound, especially Mr. Kettering and the Comte de ..., her former lover. The characters are well developed, and Poirot brings his superior knowledge of human nature along to help ferret out the real culprits, which are a surprise to me. A fun summer read.
William
As a big Christie fan, I had apprehensions about reading this one. It's a bit infamous among Christie fans for supposedly being one of her worst works- a reputation not aided by the fact that Christie herself considered it a lesser work written quickly in rough times.

Imagine my surprise that this is one of the strongest Christie books I've read in a while. I DID figure out the large majority of the solution, but there was plenty going on to make me question myself, and I certainly missed some si As a big Christie fan, I had apprehensions about reading this one. It's a bit infamous among Christie fans for supposedly being one of her worst works- a reputation not aided by the fact that Christie herself considered it a lesser work written quickly in rough times.

Imagine my surprise that this is one of the strongest Christie books I've read in a while. I DID figure out the large majority of the solution, but there was plenty going on to make me question myself, and I certainly missed some sizable pieces. Moreover, I'm convinced that I only got this one because I've read (at this point) quite a few Christies. The book reads very much like 20's Christie, with light espionage elements, a very arrogant Poirot, and short chapters that layer on clues from all directions.

Overall, enjoyed it quite a bit. In fact, I'd say it's better than at least 2/3 of the Marple books, though that doesn't raise the bar that high. One of these days, I will have to stop throwing shade at Marple, but it won't be today. In any case, this book is unfairly maligned and is recommended to anyone who enjoys a good golden age mystery.
Ellen
A wonderful suspense filled mystery in true Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot style!
In this novel, we do not have Hastings as Poirot's assistant. There is only one mention of him, late in the book. Instead there is an astute reserved woman, who assists Poirot in his sorting out the true details of events. It is an interesting change.
Again it wasn't until the last chapters, even though I picked up on some meaningful clues along the way, that I came to understand how they fit together and it was rev A wonderful suspense filled mystery in true Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot style!
In this novel, we do not have Hastings as Poirot's assistant. There is only one mention of him, late in the book. Instead there is an astute reserved woman, who assists Poirot in his sorting out the true details of events. It is an interesting change.
Again it wasn't until the last chapters, even though I picked up on some meaningful clues along the way, that I came to understand how they fit together and it was revealed who the culprit(s) were. As I become more skilled at reading these novels, I watch for the clues suggesting people are not who they seem to be. What could their possible background be, that beings them to the place they are in during the novels' setting? It is these possibility that need to be pondered, in order to SOLVE the mysteries. OF course Christie is a master at hiding the full possibility, until the very last.
Definitely a good read, although a bit slow at the beginning as the many characters are introduced.
Lucy
This book is about a woman who gets murdered on a train and her jewels disappear but no one is quite sure where to look - the estranged husband, the disgruntled lover or a common thief?

This is a Poirot mystery and I enjoyed the parts with Poirot in it, but the trouble is Poirot didn't show up until 100 pages in (so a third of the book). Up until that point, it was a lot of conversation between characters, none of whom were particularly likeable and it was especially strange when you know one of This book is about a woman who gets murdered on a train and her jewels disappear but no one is quite sure where to look - the estranged husband, the disgruntled lover or a common thief?

This is a Poirot mystery and I enjoyed the parts with Poirot in it, but the trouble is Poirot didn't show up until 100 pages in (so a third of the book). Up until that point, it was a lot of conversation between characters, none of whom were particularly likeable and it was especially strange when you know one of them is going to be murdered thanks to the blurb of the book.

The twist was well done as always, with the clues sprinkled throughout the book but I wasn't able to put them together until the reveal. I was a little disappointed, mostly because I was hoping the murderer would find love (before I found out they were the murderer of course).

I like Agatha Christie books but this was one of my least favourites of hers. Three stars!
Bahadır Kalyoncu
Büyük Dörtler'den sonra Agatha Christie romanları için harika bir özüne dönüş olmuş. Hikaye pek çok koldan ilerlemesine rağmen kafayı allak bullak edecek seviyede karmaşık değil. Bu da kitabın son ana kadar sürükleyiciliğini korumasının yanında okuyucunun da olay örgüsünden bir noktada kopup her şeyi akışına bırakmasının önüne geçiyor. Ama kitapta bir anlatıcı eksiğini bariz hissettim. Hercule Poirot hikayelerinde, Hastings gibi sinir bozucu bir karakter de olsa, okuyucunun kendisini yerine koya Büyük Dörtler'den sonra Agatha Christie romanları için harika bir özüne dönüş olmuş. Hikaye pek çok koldan ilerlemesine rağmen kafayı allak bullak edecek seviyede karmaşık değil. Bu da kitabın son ana kadar sürükleyiciliğini korumasının yanında okuyucunun da olay örgüsünden bir noktada kopup her şeyi akışına bırakmasının önüne geçiyor. Ama kitapta bir anlatıcı eksiğini bariz hissettim. Hercule Poirot hikayelerinde, Hastings gibi sinir bozucu bir karakter de olsa, okuyucunun kendisini yerine koyabileceği sabit bir anlatıcı kesinlikle gerekiyormuş. Ünlü detektifimiz de hikayeye uzun bir süre dahil olmayınca bir ara "doğru kitabı mı okuyorum acaba" diye düşünecek kadar kendimi boşlukta hissettim. Vakanın en sonunda nasıl bağlanacağı da aslında biraz Agatha Christie okumuş biri için ana hatlarıyla çözülecek seviyede öngörülebilir. Ama dediğim gibi kitap klasik bir Agatha Christie romanı olduğu için olaylar tamamen çözümlenene kadar sürükleyiciliğini kaybetmiyor.
Robert Sweeney
Not my favorite Christie work, but I definitely enjoyed it much more than The Big Four, and there were several key highlights for me:

- The character of Katherine Grey (though I wish we had some better closure on this character at the end of the novel)
- The introduction of St Mary Mead, laying the foundation for Miss Marple!
- I enjoyed the atmosphere of much of the action taking place in/around Nice, France.

That said, Poirot seems especially uneven in this, and I can't for the life of me figure o Not my favorite Christie work, but I definitely enjoyed it much more than The Big Four, and there were several key highlights for me:

- The character of Katherine Grey (though I wish we had some better closure on this character at the end of the novel)
- The introduction of St Mary Mead, laying the foundation for Miss Marple!
- I enjoyed the atmosphere of much of the action taking place in/around Nice, France.

That said, Poirot seems especially uneven in this, and I can't for the life of me figure out some of his behavior (e.g., making Van Aldin & Knighton scramble to get off the train at Paris, only to barely jump back on in the nick of time, then sit up all night, etc.).

In any event, I'm giving this 4 stars (up from the 2 stars I gave The Big Four), but I'd really rate it about 3.7 or so.

On to The Seven Dials Mystery next! :-)
Jamie
Agatha Christie will forever be my favorite mystery author. Being that she wrote in the early 1900's her mysteries aren't gruesome, disturbing or gory. They are classic whodunit's and I absolutely adore the level of class they maintain, her ability to still fully capture you with the story and her skill in always surprising you with the ending despite the simplicity of the book. The Hercule Poirot series is my absolute favorite, I must have read about 20 of them so far and intend to eventually r Agatha Christie will forever be my favorite mystery author. Being that she wrote in the early 1900's her mysteries aren't gruesome, disturbing or gory. They are classic whodunit's and I absolutely adore the level of class they maintain, her ability to still fully capture you with the story and her skill in always surprising you with the ending despite the simplicity of the book. The Hercule Poirot series is my absolute favorite, I must have read about 20 of them so far and intend to eventually read all of them. I will be sad on the day that I read "Curtain" because I love being about to look forward to a new Poirot investigation book after book. When he implores the little grey cells I adore him. I would recommend Christie and her Poirot series to anyone looking for an enjoyable, non violent mystery. Very easy and pleasant reads always.
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