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The Mystery of the Blue Train

(Hercule Poirot #6)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  35,149 ratings  ·  2,039 reviews
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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 th
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Hardcover, 317 pages
Published March 30th 2007 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published March 29th 1928)
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Don Rittmann Of course you can read can read The Mystery of the Blue Train as a "standalone" but, frankly, I wouldn't advise making it your first Agatha Christie m…moreOf course you can read can read The Mystery of the Blue Train as a "standalone" but, frankly, I wouldn't advise making it your first Agatha Christie mystery. That's because, in my view, it isn't a very good one. The denouement is not compelling. Christie herself thought it was one of her least convincing works. If you want to start with a good, representative, Hercule Poirot Christie, done in mid career, I'd recommend Evil Under the Sun or Peril at End House.(less)
Cavak Nope, not that I'm aware of. She's a one shot in Christie works, it appears.

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Nope, not that I'm aware of. She's a one shot in Christie works, it appears.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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, but who ever knows for sure with Agatha Christie?

This book was, for me, a cut above the typical Poirot mystery, and I think it's mostly because I liked the main character so much. Katherine Grey has "beautiful gray ey
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6), Agatha Christie (1891 – 1976)
The Mystery of the Blue Train is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie. The book features her detective Hercule Poirot. Poirot boards a luxury French night express train which operated from 1886 to 2003, bound for the French Riviera. So does Katherine Grey, who is having her first winter out of England, after recently receiving a relatively large inheritance. On board the train Grey meets Ruth Kettering, an
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Adrian
Oh so very close to 5 stars. If only we had halves !?!?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the settings , the characters and of course Poirot's masterful investigation into the murder and robbery. I must admit towards the end I thought I had worked out who did it, but didn't know why. Well I was completely wrong ha ha. Oh well. It just goes to show how enjoyable these books are.

As I said at the start it is certainly a 4.5 star read and one of the most enjoyable Poirot novels so far, and it takes me
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Simona B
3.5

"Life is like a train [...]. Trust the train, Mademoiselle," murmured Poirot again. "And trust Hercule Poirot. He knows."


I don't know if you've noticed, but I'm kind of in a Christie mood right now. So sue me.

Before I begin, there's one thing I want to be clear about: I've read more than 20 of Christie's books, and I enjoyed unreservedly every single one of them. I may have complaints about the solution of the mystery or about some other nothing, but every single time, I enjoy them. This time
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Evgeny
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was the first to use a troupe which would become fairly common later in the series. Namely it takes a while for Poirot to show up. Here he was mentioned the first time in chapter 10. The beginning was romantic and mysterious. Russian immigrants that escape the Revolution,
Revolution
priceless jewels from the Russian Royal crown,
Monomakh
people shadowing each other, robbers, an American millionaire, and so on.

In any way several people introduced in the beginning ended up on a train going through France.
Train
Up
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Jan-Maat
This book reminds me that Dennis Diderot said something along the lines of "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." By the time I reached about the 100th page I doubted I could wait until the entrails of the last priest were available, dried and suitably braided for that excellent task, nor was I particularly fussed whether certain people were technically kings or not, fortunately for my blood pressure I avoided Downton Abbey when it was on, ...more
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 a fine title, and I like the blue cover of this edition that I read, and though it is not one of Christie’s best, as the sixth (which is to say early) 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 Ver
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Bionic Jean
All aboard The Mystery of the Blue Train, for a most unexpected ride, courtesy of the Grand Dame of Golden Age mysteries herself!

Since this passenger locomotive was constructed in 1928, it is only to be expected that this train will trundle along sometimes, before getting up speed, and blasting its whistle, to dash along to its destination at an express rate.

For our entertainment during the ride, we will peek into each of the individual isolated compartments, meeting their occupants, who are as
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Jaline
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-completed
Another light, yet complex mystery by Ms Christie. This one was well textured and fascinating. Somewhere near the middle, it almost broke into a comedic strain and then recovered itself to charge through to a great ending. Ah, Ms Christie. You did it again.
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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Susan
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading the Poirot novels in order and this was published in 1928 and written in the Canary Islands in 1927, where Christie had retreated. Her beloved mother had died, her marriage lay in ruins and this was a difficult time for her. During her famous disappearance, her current novel had been the bold, and innovative, “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.” Afterwards, she had cobbled together, “The Big Four,” from some short stories and, now, she again looked to her short stories for inspi ...more
Iryna *Book and Sword*
2.5/5 stars (not rounding up)

I must be getting very picky, as this is the very first book by Agatha Christie that I did not enjoy.
Usually, I just generally like them - they are all nice and cozy little mysteries, but apparently not this one.

It started out well enough, but then the writing became choppy and confusing. Pages were filled with useless blabbering and unnecessary conversations. There was very little actual detective work in it. And in the end many, many questions were left unanswer
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Rita
Another most enjoyable Hercule Poirot mystery by the Queen of Crime. Poirot does not even make his entrance in the book until chapter 10, but for the rest of the book his presence is always felt.
There are 2 main suspects in the murder and theft of jewels of the daughter of a very rich American traveling on the Blue Train in France. But anyone who reads Agatha Christie knows that the killer is never obvious.
When one of the suspects is arrested, Hercule Poirot is not satisfied and continues his i
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Julie
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An enjoyable convoluted mystery. Most meaningful quote: "Mademoiselle Katherine has spent a great deal of her life listening, and those who have listened do not find it easy to talk; they keep their sorrows and joys to themselves and tell no one."
Brenda
Miss Katherine Grey was on the way to the Riviera after her circumstances changed when she came into money. A lady’s maid, she felt the need to see more of the world now that she had the means so her journey on The Blue Train was an experience she hadn’t wanted to miss. When she had dinner with Mrs Ruth Kettering, she had little idea that her encounter would change the direction of her life in more ways than one.

M. Hercule Poirot was also travelling on The Blue Train and when a body was discover
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Piyangie
This is my fourth read in the Hercule Poirot series. I'm presently reading Agatha Christie's famous detective Hercule Poirot in the written order (skipping one or two depending on my interest and accessibility).

In The Mystery of the Blue Train, a wealthy woman is found murdered; and Poirot, happening to be travelling in the same train, involves himself in the unraveling of the mysterious death.

As with the previous reads, the murder-mystery plot is ingenious. My view is that Agatha Christie's u
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Hamad
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Those who have listened do not find it easy to talk; they keep their sorrows and joys to themselves and tell no one.”

I will try to make this a fast non-spoilery review

So, Agatha's book are my guilty pleasure reads and this was my 5th book and it was good, I started reading her best and most famous books so I try to go to those less famous works without high expectations.

I like Hercules Poirot, he is the most peculiar and impertinent detective ever, and I like how the character is so unique but
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Thomas Strömquist
Another very enjoyable entry in the Poirot series, the first third of this (which is before the detective makes his appearance) reminded me a lot of Patricia Highsmith and the theme did feel a bit more adult than in the preceding books. The mystery is not sensational, but not too fantastic either and Poirot is probably most sympathetically portrayed here this far. A good read.
Melindam
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Update 23 Jan
I am sorry to say this about an Agatha Christie book, but it was MEH-MEH-MEH. Badly structured, trying to be too many things at the same time, like Agatha Christie couldn't quite make up her mind what it was she was writing. There were too many characters and uninteresting, bland ones at that. Not the finest hour of detective fiction altogether. No wonder I did not remember much about it.

Update 19 Jan
I read this a long time ago and it did not make a big impression, because I couldn
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Cyndi
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arg! How did I miss all the clues? Guess I didn’t use my “little gray cells.”
This book introduced St. Mary Mead which is where Agatha Christie has based another series featuring a sweet little old lady who solves crimes while drinking tea and knitting.
Excellent who- dunnit! 😊
Emma
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
Almost 5 stars! I liked everything about it! And no I didn’t guess whodunnit!
Lotte
I absolutely love mysteries set on trains, planes or boats. The sense of enclosure and entrapment that these kinds of settings convey work really well in classic murder mysteries. Plus, the ways in which an enclosed space like a train effectively reduces the number of possible suspects is really interesting psychologically. Even though this is only partly set on a train, the scene of the crime and the circumstances of the murder worked as an interesting puzzle and I had a lot of fun trying to pi ...more
Teresa
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this one! Didn't guess for one second who the murderer was which I love. The description of the train journey was a delight. I have a fondness for these old trains. There were some great characters in this story.
Christie is a master of her craft.
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
What can I say? Any train mystery by Christie is a joy to read.
I can't say it's one of her best books, but still much better than most of the crime fiction.
Alaina
The Mystery of the Blue Train is about the death of Ruth Kettering. Not only did she die from a heavy blow to the head, but her face was beyond recognition. Oh, and her rubies were stolen. But wha the actual fuck happened on this train to this poor women? Well her father sure wanted to figure that out so he hired the best god damn detective ever - Poirot. And who is our prime suspect? Ruth's husband of course. But did he do it?

At first I had no idea who killed poor Ruth but I wanted some god dam
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Carina
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
simply brilliant, but I expected nothing less! #queenofcrimerules
Stephanie Anze
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
“Ah, mais c'est Anglais ca," he murmured, "everything in black and white, everything clear cut and well defined. But life, it is not like that, Mademoiselle. There are things that are not yet, but which cast their shadow before.”

American heiress Ruth Kettering is riding the luxurious Blue Train bound for the French Riviera. When the train reaches its destination the conductor attempts to rouse Mrs. Kettering but finds that she is dead, with her face disfigured. Moreover the Hearts of Fire rubie
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Katie Lumsden
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging read :)
Luffy
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
By Jove, if it isn't Monsieur Poirot. I've been reading all the Marple novels recently for the first time. I had forgotten about Poirot stories. This book threatens to be the best of the lot. I knew I had forgotten mostly about it, except the basic premise. This book has a fragile beauty and a grim charm to it. The fact that Poirot's shenanigans are kept to a minimum helps. It didn't feel like a re read at all. Therefore I do not cheat and I did honestly succeed in guessing the murderer's ident ...more
Anna Maria
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie is considered "the Queen of Crime" as she wrote many masterpieces. This book is not one of my favourites, but the plot is well built and Hercule Poirot is a fictional and logical Belgian detective that focuses on getting people to talk and of course in the end he solves the case and discovers the crime! I will soon read again other novels of Agatha Christie where there besides Hercule Poirot there is also Miss Marple, an old lady who has spent her life in the small village of St ...more
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