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4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie – The Mystery of the Blue Train | Review
The Queen of Crime is back with another classic tale of murder and intrigue, in which the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a millionaire’s daughter and the theft of her valuable diamonds. It’s a similar story-line to most of Christie’s other work, but there are a couple of things to make this particular novel stand out...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
In this adventure, Poirot investigates a murder that takes place on the 'Blue Train' - en route to the south of France. A surprising number of people who knew the victim are also aboard, and it's down to Poirot to work out who dunit.

This novel starts off a little differently to a lot of Poirot stories, with the focus on a diverse group of other characters and...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie – The Mystery of the Blue Train | Review, 16 April 2014
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The Queen of Crime is back with another classic tale of murder and intrigue, in which the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a millionaire’s daughter and the theft of her valuable diamonds. It’s a similar story-line to most of Christie’s other work, but there are a couple of things to make this particular novel stand out.

The characterisation, for example, is fantastic – each character is believable and easy to relate to, even eighty five years after its publication. Sure, there’s no real equivalent to the eponymous ‘blue train’ (unless you count the Eurostar), but it’s easy to picture the train as it chugs across Europe with a murderer on board.

It’s also easy to read – I powered through it with a constant headache, and though I didn’t see the ending coming, I had a good guess. That’s exactly what you want from a detective story – it keeps you on tenterhooks throughout, then delivers the coup de grace at just the right time to keep you interested and engaged throughout.

Miss Christie wrote over ninety novels (though some were under her pen name of Mary Westmacott) and you’re hardly spoiled for choice, so start elsewhere and move on to this when you’re ready.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Train Travel with Agatha Christie., 10 May 2005
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Luxury trains travelling to holiday resorts provided an irresistible setting for novelists and filmmakers in the decades between the two world wars. Agatha Christie's 1928 murder mystery features the Blue Train, travelling across France to the Riviera, and a cast of travellers that includes Hercule Poirot.
There has to be motivation for the murder that occurs, and so expect a lot of business concerning precious jewels, international intrigues and complicated human relationships. There is also a former lady's companion who has lived for several years at that famous Christie location, St Mary Mead. She is not Miss Marple.
Agatha Christie considered this her worst novel. Colouring her judgment were recollections of several unhappy events in her own life that occurred during the time she wrote it: the breakdown of her Christie marriage and the death of her mother. I think its best quality is the considerable exposure it gives to Hercule Poirot. Seldom is he seen in the pages of an Agatha Christie novel as much as in "The Mystery of the Blue Train".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 14 Mar 2013
These Poirot books are timeless with strong characters and interesting storyline s and plots that keep you guessing to the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special, 6 Jun 2010
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Jim J-R (West Sussex, UK) - See all my reviews
In this adventure, Poirot investigates a murder that takes place on the 'Blue Train' - en route to the south of France. A surprising number of people who knew the victim are also aboard, and it's down to Poirot to work out who dunit.

This novel starts off a little differently to a lot of Poirot stories, with the focus on a diverse group of other characters and the great detective himself not putting in an appearance until fairly late. Almost the entire story is told from the points of view of the guest characters, with Poirot flitting in and out of their daily lives throughout. I thought it became obvious quite early in the story who the murderer was, but maybe that's just me getting better at this sort of thing.

The mystery was fairly standard fare. Poirot didn't seem to be particularly bothered about solving it, which was awkward. There was an interesting tie-in with the world of Miss Marple, and quite a collection of comic moments, particularly with a young female laughing at the outdated ideas of the elderly. Really it's a bit frustrating though as there is not a lot of action and the events don't really seem to advance the plot.

Most irritating of all is the blurb on the back of my copy, which as good as gives away the ending, and refers to a rather minor event as if it's the entire plot. Overall, it was an okay read, but nothing special, and still not nearing the best of Christie's work that I've read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blue train, 8 Nov 2012
Another Poirot classic. Well drawn characters, with, as usual, enough suspense to keep you turning the e-pages into the night.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Le Train Bleu..., 4 May 2014
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MayGoodComeToUs (Rome, Lazio, ITALY) - See all my reviews
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David Suchet is my favorite reader of the Poirot books, but Hugh Fraser comes in an extremely close second!!! The mystery itself is good, as usual with Agatha Christie. All in all, well worth the read or listen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Blue Train........A Poirot Mystery, 21 Oct 2012
Oh this was so so good!! The Heart of Fire, a precious gem is at the centre of this puzzle and murder most foul takes us from London to Paris then on to the South of France for this story. We are treated to jewel thieves, murderers, the filthy rich and a bunch of innocent passengers who just happen to be aboard the Blue Train, Poirot included when the first murder occurs. Employing his ittle grey cells with gusto, Poirot investigates this confusing case with his usual fussiness and flair giving us a wonderful insight into the mind of a ruthless killer and eventually bringing them to justice. Fantastic!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie's "The Mystery of the Blue Train", 19 Dec 2010
As ever, I really enjoyed this. I'm really delighted with the opportunity to purchase these facsimile hardbacks - they're brilliant value and will last for years, providing entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christie - great as ever!, 11 Dec 2014
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As ever well written, pacy, and a fascinating period piece to a fascinating perio of the English on the French Riveria between WW1 and WW2 ...

An equally a genuinely surprising twist at the end.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie can do far better, 30 July 2004
The Mystery of the Blue Train is one of Christie's longer Poirot books. I thought that I was in for a riveting mystery full of revelations, twists and turns but I was seriously dissappointed.
Christie's book is a dull, sleep-inducing piece of work. The mystery itself is uninterested as are the suspects and other characters. Even Poirot does nothing but have chats with the suspects who don't even seem to care that someone died.
The story moves at a snail's pace and even the very few moments that have anything to do with the murder won't excite you. Unlike many other Christie books, there are very few surprises throughout with almost no revelations and when Poirot FINALLY delivers the solution, it won't shock or surprise you at all.
Christie has written some superb mysteries (for some good ones, look for Death On the Nile or Murder on the Orient Express) but this is one that even the biggest fans should keep away from.
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