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

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  12,794 ratings  ·  530 reviews
Bound for the Riviera, detective Hercule Poirot has boarded Le Train Bleu, an elegant, leisurely means of travel, free of intrigue. Then he meets Ruth Kettering. The American heiress bailing out of a doomed marriage is en route to reconcile with her former lover. But by morning, her private affairs are made public when she is found murdered in her luxury compartment. The r ...more
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published March 30th 2007 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published 1928)
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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
Fahad
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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Dina
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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...
Tadiana
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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J
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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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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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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Mónica Silva
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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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Annette
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
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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Samantha
This one came together nicely, if rather abruptly, but it took forever to get going. I could definitely feel the pain Christie had in writing it--every sentence in the first section felt like it was being wrenched out of her. She normally didn't go in for so much exposition before starting the mystery, and it made the plot that followed exceedingly messy. The final solution made sense, and in fact was basically what I had come up with myself, but with all the characters and plot points created a ...more
Yazan Azzam
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؟؟ "
Joana
3.5 estrelas

Sou fã confessa de Poirot e já há algum tempo que não lia nenhuma das suas aventuras!
Este livro começa não de uma forma totalmente usual, diversos pontos de vistas e histórias, que se acabam por cruzar, quando uma mulher é assassinada no Comboio Azul. Diversas pessoas com motivos para o terem feito,sendo que o predominante era o roubo de um dos maiores rubis do mundo, o "coração de fogo".
E claro, apesar de Poirot ter-se oficialmente reformado, ele acaba envolvido na história e é o
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Sandra Jones
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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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 ...more
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 ...more
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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Hillari Delgado
'The Mystery of the Blue Train' is Agatha Christie's 1928 mystery featuring Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It is a problem number in the Christie canon: it was one of Christie's least favorite books and is a compendium of typical Christie weaknesses. Nevertheless, it is one of my personal favorites, for the large amount of stage time it gives to Poirot. And ham it up he does, delightfully!

This is 'classic' Christie: Fabulously wealthy and beautiful Ruth Kettering is murdered in her luxurious
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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
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
Book Concierge
A cache of rubies that once belonged to Catherine the Great comes into the possession of an American millionaire. He gives them to his daughter - Ruth Kitteridge - who is married to a bankrupt English nobleman. She, however, is still in love with the French scoundrel who frequently scams his "lovers." Meanwhile her husband, Derrick, is having an affair with a French exotic dancer - Mirelle. When Ruth takes the Blue Train to Nice to rendevouz with her lover she, inadvisedly, takes the rubies with ...more
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
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Sara Gonçalves
Agatha Christie foi e é, como todos sabem, a grande mestre dos policiais, do mistério. Hercule Poirot é das personagens mais inteligentes e perspicazes que já conheci.
O Mistério do Comboio Azul segue várias personagens, vários suspeitos, que circulam em redor do assassinato de Ruth Kettering, o seu envolvimento com um vigarista, e o roubo de rubis que a vítima tinha na sua posse. Posso dizer que nunca pensaria no verdadeiro assassino. Aliás, tinha-o/a como umas das personagens que certamente nã
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Mike Clarke
Early Christie is a lottery. Get a good plot and she can fairly rattle along, allowing you to overlook the paper thin stereotype characterisations, and the littering of anti-semitism and homophobia throughout. Entering the golden age, around 1930, she left a lot of this behind and got her writing under control so that plot drove everything, allowing one to overlook some of the weaker elements as they become subservient to the narrative.

The Mystery of the Blue Train is a bit of a hit and miss aff
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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
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Rebecca
American millionaire Mr. Van Aldin buys, at great expense and no little danger, some spectacular rubies for his daughter Mrs. Kettering, who is unhappy in her marriage. He advises her to divorce him, and also to cease her connection with a disreputable fortune hunter whom she was involved with many years previously and is now again. Meanwhile, Katherine Grey, longtime companion to an elderly lady in an English village, has come into a lot of money and proposes to go to the French Riviera--she's ...more
Jules Goud
Way better then "The Sign of Four". Ms Christie is back on track!

"The Mystery of the Blue Train" shows us a little bit of a different side of Poirot. We see the dangerous side. Poirot tends almost blackmail but not really in this novel. We see that he knows things and by using his little grey cells, he gets people to perform what he wants. He is a lot more manipulative in this novel.

His ego is just as big, though. He still has his moments when he proclaims himself to be one of the greatest name
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Windy hapsari
my late cousin gave me one of his collection, one of his collection was this book. it completely changed my point of view about those kind of book.
i found a little so called 'cinderella story' inside, when a maid inherit her employer wealth. Also how the heiress married a 'golddigger' man and end up in unhappy marriage, which make her father very upset. as always Hercule Poirot shown up in the middle of story. with his unperfect look, end up with a cup of tea with the 'cinderella' lady.
Steve
If I was the famous detective, Hercule Poirot, I don't think I would ever take a train. It seems that murder follows him when he boards one. Unlike the more famous, Murder On The Orient Express, here the search for the murderer (or murderers) mostly takes place after the train has arrived. More like the previous Christie book I reviewed, Death in the Clouds, we have a number of suspects traveling together, several with reasons to commit the crime. Although in this one how it was done is clear, b ...more
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Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880
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