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The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6)

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When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again -- for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.

The prime suspect is Ruth's estranged husband, Derek. Yet Poirot is not convinced, so he stages and eerie
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ebook, 320 pages
Published July 5th 2005 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published March 29th 1928)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“You tell your lies and you think nobody knows. But there are two people who know. Yes- two people. One is le bon Dieu - and the other is Hercule Poirot.”

Poirot graced so many Agatha Christie novels that there's bound to be misses as well as hits. This one is in the middle - a good book but not one of the best with him in it. I liked it but didn't love it. I'd recommend starting with others starring the detective first.

Christie whips out intriguing characters that have a richer background of em
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Fahad
Jul 20, 2012 Fahad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
لغز القطار الأزرق

كالكثيرين، لأجاثا كريستي في مخيلتي مذاق المراهقة، عندما كنت أقرؤها في عصريات صيف بعيد، محاولاً بدأب معرفة القاتل، قبل أن يتوصل إليه هرقل بوارو، وهو مالم أفلح به أبداً، لأن أجاثا لم تكن عادلة، كانت تبقي أهم الخيوط بين يديها، لهذا لم تكن أجاثا كريستي مفضلة لدي في تلكم المرحلة، بسبب شعور الغبن الذي كان يجتاحني بعد الفراغ من الرواية، كيف كان لي أن أعرف أن القاتل فلان ! والمؤلفة أخفت عني علاقاته وماضيه ! وألمحت إليها مجرد إلماح في فصول سابقة، كانت روايات الجريمة والغموض في ذهني، ورب
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Laurel Young
I think I recall reading that Dame Agatha was in a hurry to complete this novel, that she needed the money to support herself and her daughter, and that she did not consider it one of her better efforts. Nonetheless, I was anxious to read it; it is definitely a lesser-known work of hers and I love having a new Christie to read. Besides, I wondered if she were not being rather too hard on herself--and I was correct. This is a perfectly respectable addition to her canon, with Poirot in fine form a ...more
Raoofa Ibrahim
التقييم الحقيقي :.
رواية خفيفة، لا توجد فيها الكثير من التفاصيل، وسبب التقييم المتدني هو انني تمكنت من معرفة المجرم. ولكن كيف تمت الجريمة وشخصية المجرم(ماضيه) اثارت دهشتي
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Dina
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David Schaafsma
“You tell your lies and you think nobody knows. But there are two people who know. Yes- two people. One is le bon Dieu - and the other is Hercule Poirot.”

The Mystery of the Blue Train is not one of Christie’s best, but as the sixth Hercules Poirot (of 39!) it is a strong effort. Having also just read Agatha: The Real Story of Agatha Christie, the graphic biography that insists she was the Very Model of a Modern Woman, and a feminist, I felt supported in my view that the disparaging comments she
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Tatiana
I don't know if something got lost in abridgment, but this story didn't quite come together. The connection between the characters weren't up to Christie's usual standards and the murderers came sort of out of nowhere. Maybe the fact that she wrote it close to her nervous breakdown and disappearance had something to do with it...
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6), Agatha Christie (1891 – 1976)
آمریکایی ثروتمندی به نام روفوس وانآلدین نگران دخترش، روت کترینگ است. ازدواج دخترش با اشرافزاده انگلیسی تهیدستی به نام درک کترینگ در آستانه فروپاشی است، و روفوس از مدتها پیش دخترش را تشویق میکرده، از همسر بیوفا و نامرد خود جدا شود. روفوس برای اینکه دخترش را خوشحال کند، یاقوتهای تاریخی و نفیسی را که به «قلب آتش» معروف هستند، برای او میخرد، و به دخترش هشدار میدهد که جواهرات را از کشور خارج نکند. روت اما بیتوجه به این هش
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فاطمة م.نور
ما بين الأربع نجمات والخمس :)

كانت اختيارًا موفقًا، ذكرت سبب اختياري لها في أحد التحديثات وهو تخوف هايبرا في الحلقة 701 من كونان من حدوث جريمة في القطار كما في رواية أجاثا كريستي، لم أعرف أهي جريمة في القطار الأزرق أم في قطار الشرق السريع، المهم أنها في القطار xD

لطالما أردت قراءة رواية بوليسية حقيقية وكنت أتساءل "بعد كونان" كيف يمكن للقارئ أن يمسك الأدلة ويراها في الروايات؟ ومع ذلك لم أفقد إيماني بأنها ستجيب حين أقرؤها

صحيح أن القصة أبهرتني وصحيح أن العديد من استنتاجاتي وشكوكي وتساؤلاتي وافقت ما ف
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Meli
Dec 21, 2014 Meli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me siento el Doctor cada vez que leo un libro de Agatha y lo adivino. Y me encanta ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
After a couple of years someone has finally requested this book from me on PBS, and I'm unexpectedly finding myself a bit regretful that I'm letting it go. In many ways this is a typical Hercule Poirot type of mystery: a wealthy man's daughter is murdered on a train for a set of fabulous rubies, and only a limited number of people could have gotten on or off the train at the right times to make them suspects (or so one might think).

This book was, for me, a cut above the typical Poirot mystery, a
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: first published 1928
Author: Agatha Christie
Recommended for: fans of murder mysteries.

This is one of the lesser known novels by Agatha Christie that she wrote in a slight rush as she needed the money to support herself and her daughter, although she herself didn't think that this way anywhere near her best work I was eager to read it as I am with all Agatha Christie novels. I think that she was being abit hard on herself, it wasnt her best but it certainly wasn't a rubbish book to read
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Madeline
"Everyone looked respectfully at Poirot. Undoubtedly the little man had scored heavily. The Commissary laughed - on a rather hollow note.
'You teach us all our business,' he cried. 'M. Poirot knows more than the police.'
Poirot gazed complacently at the ceiling, adopting a mock-modest air.
'What will you; it is my little hobby,' he murmured, 'to know things. Naturally I have time to indulge it. I am not overburdened with affairs.'"

It's been almost ten years since I last read an Agatha Christie, an
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
audio.

Ruth Kettering did not marry for love. She had money, which her impoverished husband needed, and he had a stately home to be inherited. However, her husband has not been discreet with his dalliances, and Ruths millionaire father strongly advises her to divorce him.
But is Ruth quite as innocent as she seems? She has some rather murky shadows in her past which threaten to surface when she is found murdered in her luxury compartment on The Blue Train en-route to meet her former lover.
And who
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Katie Lumsden
Apr 13, 2016 Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I am rather enjoying my experiences with Agatha Christie so far. A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read :)
Célia
Crime no Expresso do Oriente é um dos livros mais famosos de Agatha Christie e foi também, curiosamente, o primeiro livro que li dela. Mas, antes de ter publicado esse livro em 1934, a Rainha do Policial já tinha explorado 6 anos antes o comboio como cenário de um crime, precisamente neste O Mistério do Comboio Azul.

A história inicia-se com a compra de um conjunto de rubis russos muito valiosos por parte de um milionário americano, que os oferece à filha. Ruth vive um casamento infeliz, movido a
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Mónica Silva
Mar 19, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Este livro inicia-se logo com uma aura de mistério associada à espionagem e à compra de uma jóia famosa pelo rol de tragédias que acarreta. Quando outra destas tragédias ocorre, desta vez um assassinato seguido do roubo da jóia, cabe a Poirot descobrir se ambos os crimes estão relacionados ou simplesmente se o roubo foi um crime de oportunidade.

Os suspeitos são muitos e Poirot terá que formar uma aliança com Katherine Grey, a quem Ruth, a
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J
Jan 18, 2013 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading Agatha Christie in order of publication …

Loved it! Favorite so far by far… I would consider this book not just a great Christie book, but a great classic English novel. The opening was mysterious and intriguing. The main story itself plays on several Christie themes – rich father buys expensive necklace for his only daughter/heir, murder, Poirot, a cross-country train trip, rich society in a tropical location, and multiple eligible bachelors for single women but one might be a murder!
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Andy
Apr 22, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poirot, 2016
It seems this is considered one of her lesser books and Christie herself struggled with it, under a lot of stress at the time. However, I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. The continental setting provides a great atmosphere and a very different tone from her English stately home murder mysteries. Poirot himself really shines here, coming across almost mythical in character. He has a real presence even as he flits in and out of the plot, playing some intriguing games, pushing here, manipulating the ...more
Liberty K
Nov 29, 2015 Liberty K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Agatha Christie said about The Mystery of the Blue Train "easily the worst book I ever wrote", personally I really liked it. I would definitely give it 5 stars if the whole story was taken place in the Blue Train and not just the murder part.
Nancy O'Toole
In The Mystery on the Blue Train, a rich woman is murdered on the Blue Train, her priceless rubies stolen in the process. Of course, it's up to Hercule Poirot to solve the case.

The Mystery of the Blue Train is clearly an early Christie work, and doesn't quite measure up to her really great works. Still, I can't help but think that the author was being a little hard in herself in her negative reflections on this book. Yes, it probably could have used a few more rounds of edits, but the characters
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Shannon
The first half or so of this book was horrible. I found all the introduction type stuff very boring. It’s fine to build-up to the murder, but oh my god, it went on way too long. I felt like I spent five years of my life reading a 300 page book. I just wanted the chick on the train to get killed already so the whole mystery, whodunit-part would start. The fun part of a mystery is seeing all the pieces to the puzzle and trying to figure out how they fit together. This aspect was a bit lacking in t ...more
Becky
May 25, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have gradually come to appreciate--dare I say even love?--Hercule Poirot. Even so, this one took three or four chapters to take to this one. At first I thought I couldn't even finish it, I just didn't like the flow of the first few chapters, introducing all these people (often nameless), the focus on a piece of jewelry, all this big build-up before introducing the main characters, etc. The story was oh-so-slow to start. But then at one point, everything started to click, started to move, and t ...more
Annette
Sep 16, 2010 Annette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I have not long been a Christie fan, but I have been enjoying the selections I've picked off my library's audio collection shelves. The Mystery of the Blue Train was no exception. Excellent writing, interesting characters, and always a surprise at the "reveal" (although I did guess at least 1/2 of the mystery well before it was over.) I found myself impressed with even her throw-away characters such as the PI hired by the deceased's father who had a habit of never looking at the person to whom h ...more
Nathan
Dec 13, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
3.5 stars. Not my favorite of the Christie stories I've read. This one is written in third person, which I think I like a little less than first person. The mystery was pretty good, but I didn't find many of the characters too engaging. My favorite thing about it was the setting. I like the train aspect and that it bounces around to a bunch of fun, luxurious settings in Europe.
Nandakishore Varma
Agatha Christie says that this is the only one of her novels that she hates. It's pretty much average...if this is your first Christie, chances are that you will be put off.

A couple of interesting trivia:

1. This novel provides the only tenuous connection between Poirot and Miss Marple, as the heroine of the novel hails from St. Mary Mead.

2. Do read this novel before Dumb Witness, as that novel contains a spoiler to this. Yes, Christie shouldn't have done that, but she did.
Tempo de Ler
O Mistério do Comboio Azul é mais um óptimo policial de Agatha Christe, cheio de mistério e suspeições.

Quando a filha de um homem muito abastado é assassinada no comboio em que viaja e as suas valiosíssimas jóias desaparecem as suspeitas começam a cair sobre quem teria mais interesse na sua morte: terá sido o marido e único herdeiro... o amante, um escroque reconhecido... a amante do marido para se livrar da concorrência...ou uma outra pessoa?!

As nossas conjecturas vão mudando constantemente e,
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Yazan Azzam
Aug 26, 2013 Yazan Azzam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أول رواية بوليسيتة اقرأها ... أعجبتني كثيرا قدرة الكاتبة على تجميع هذا الكم من الأفكار و ربطها لبناء "لغز القطار الأزرق "

اندمجت بسهولة مع الرواية .. فوجدت نفسي ألعب دور المحقق الرئيسي بالجريمة .. و أدلتي كانت الإيماءات التي تتركها الكاتبة ما بين نصوص الرواية ...

و لكن انتهيت بسؤال واحد لم أجد له جوابا ...
" ما هو سر وجود الجواهر المزيفة لدى دوق لا روش؟؟؟ هل هي مجرد مصادفة؟؟ "
Anna [Floanne]
Scritto in uno stile piacevole e degno dell'autrice, anche se non uno dei suoi libri migliori, questo giallo anticipa come ambientazione il ben più celebre "Assassinio sull'Orient Express". A risolvere il mistero del delitto della giovane ereditiera, è anche qui Monsieur Poirot, il mio detective preferito, che "solo casualmente" si trova a viaggiare con la vittima. I personaggi non mi sono dispiaciuti ma la soluzione è forse un po' troppo surreale e contorta. Un personaggio su tutti mi è piaciut ...more
Scott
Mar 15, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozy
When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again - for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.

And so beings another mystery for Hercule Poirot.

The last couple of Poirot's cases haven't thrilled me that much and has made me question the talents of Dame Agatha but this was good, really really good. At last count I have
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 39 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
  • Three Act Tragedy (Hercule Poirot, #11)

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