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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......

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  • Simona Bartolotta
    2019-05-22 06:04

    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 is no different. So, Christie, I love you. Poirot, you're my lifetime hero. Thank you both being real. (Well, you know what I mean.)The Mystery of the Blue Train plot is fabulous, and not once was I bored. I was slightly disappointed in the solution because the reason why I like crime novels, mostly, is that they get their strength from the great deal of strong, violent emotion they usually involve. Well, Lady Kettering's murder was not as much "of passion" as I would have liked -and as it seemed at first. The solution is intelligent, of course, and the planning of the deed is brilliant, more than brilliant. But its motive is not about passion; and since I am a silly, emotional reader, I felt a little letdown.Otherwise, I'm completely satisfied.

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-05-17 01:06

    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 eyes," a Madonna-like manner, and a quiet sense of humor. She has been a crotchety old woman's companion for 10 years and unexpectedly inherited her fortune, and decides to travel. The other old ladies in the English village are dubious:"And so you've come into a lot of money, I hear? Well, well. Take care of it. And you're going up to London to have a good time? Don't think you'll get married, though, my dear, because you won't. You're not the kind to attract the men. And, besides, you're getting on. How old are you now?""Thirty-three," Katherine told her."Well," remarked Miss Viner doubtfully, "that's not so very bad. You've lost your first freshness, of course.""I'm afraid so," said Katherine, much entertained."But you're a very nice girl," said Miss Viner kindly.As it turns out, men are in fact attracted to Katherine, except it's a problem when one of them might be a murderer. And Katherine (though she's not a suspect) was, during her travels, coincidentally one of the last to see the murdered woman alive. Luckily we've got Poirot there to solve the problem!The book shows its 1928 roots a little with the social attitudes and a soupçon of 1920s-type spiritualism. But it's an enjoyable read overall, and yet another time that Dame Agatha had me fooled until the very end.

  • Jan-Maat
    2019-05-01 05:03

    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, so I found a novel about toss pots behaving like toss pots close to unbearable, particularly as there was only the one death (view spoiler)[ and that not caused by irritable person with convenient chair in the library(hide spoiler)]"I can sound my h's dear, as well as anyone, but Helen isnot a suitable name for a servant. I don't know what the mothers in the lower classes are coming to nowadays" (p193) first up against a wall come the Revolution? Why wait until the revolution? Particularly since the location of the wine cellar key has already been revealed to us (p.192)I picked this up as a train book and I presume it was written for that purpose. It struck me as curiously restrained, or perhaps very conventional, when for example we learn that the marriage between wealthy American heiress and waste of space English aristo had been disastrous and unhappy from the start I was suspecting that the husband was using wife's capital to amuse himself with ten years worth of North-African boys, indeed I struggle to accept that the Parisian chorus girl alone could have rendered the marriage so sour - but then I need to remind myself of my earlier observation on the qualities of the husband. Likewise when the prospect of cross dressing train jumping criminals was introduced I imagined a more far reaching scenario than Christie put forward but that's why she was the best selling novelist and I'm not, restraint being the writer's best friend.there's a tongue in cheek (view spoiler)[ hopefully (view spoiler)[ as evidence for tongue-in-cheekness the breakthrough comes when (view spoiler)[ an informant tells the greatest detective in the world that the victim's ghost has revealed who the murderer is, the remainder then just the mere matter of finding evidence that might sway a jury or investigating magistrate or what have you (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] awfulness about her characters, apart from Hercule Poirot, a character apparently inspired by the First World war Belgian refugees , or so I heard someone say on the television(view spoiler)[ I guess they were famed for their crime resolving abilities, which must have been useful if Miss Marple happened to be too far away (hide spoiler)] - who incidently, I'm convinced is a woman (view spoiler)[ or a Catholic priest, or both (hide spoiler)] - and I felt there was a lazy skill evidenced in the writing, the ending particularly disjointed, I regretted a little that she hadn't turned her typewriter to something a bit less frivolous (view spoiler)[ it is rich person porn: fancy clothes, fancy trains, villas in the south of France, gentlemen can't be criminals and if they are ,certainly not violent ones, all very "Daily Mail" (hide spoiler)] , but that is possibly my inner Calvinist speaking.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-23 04:03

    The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot #6), Agatha Christie (1891 – 1976)تاریخ نخستین خوانش: نهم ماه اکتبر سال 1994 میلادیعنوان: رمز قطار آبی؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: بهرام افراسیابی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، راد، 1372، در 335 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای کارآگاهی از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 معنوان: رمز در قطار آبی؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: بهرام افراسیابی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مهرفام، 1389، در 335 ص؛ شابک: 9789649915166؛ عنوان: راز قطار آبی؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: مجتبی عبدالله‌نژاد؛ ناشر: هرمس؛ سال نشر: 1388 (چاپ اول)؛ تعداد صفحات: 324 صفحه، شابک: 9789643635725؛ آمریکایی ثروتمندی به نام «روفوس وان‌ آلدین» 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 هشدار پدرش، همراه این جواهرات راه می‌افتد، تا برای ملاقات دلداده ی سابقش، «کنت آرمان دولارش» با قطار آبی از لندن به نیس برود ...؛ ا. شربیانی

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-04-27 21:53

    “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 emotion in this one compared to some of her other works - an almost saintly, now rich young woman Katherine Grey who has a quiet humor and little bit of mischief about her. Besides her, there is a controlling and wealthy father of the victim who helps Poirot (kind-of) in the investigation. These two stand out as well done characters to complement the detective, who I usually adore. The issue is here he faded in the background and something about Poirot just felt 'off.' I'm not sure what it was, but he just wasn't as likable this time.I can't complain much about characterization, and the story itself was complex. Christie brought into play jewel theft and having to solve different issues while the reader sorts out whether it will lead to one villain with one crime or several villains with different crimes and a big coincidence. It's not easy to guess the mystery as the writer leads the reader astray from original assessments, and there's more to this story than a simple layer underneath - the ending wraps this up well and in a satisfying matter. The issue is that it's just not that interesting following the story. I grew bored several times and struggled with so many points of view shifts from characters I cared little about.Overall it was a good story bogged down with too much misdirection. Had the author put Poirot more into the limelight and had him discover these sideplots rather that keep showing them through other small character's eyes, then maybe it would have been more intriguing. It showed in this book she was kind of tired of the detective that made her so famous.Unlike some of her other works, the crime doesn't stay in the scene. This year I had the joy of reading Murder on the Orient Express, where the crime happened on a train they stayed trapped on. My other favorites by her include Death on the Nile where they solve a murder on a boat, and 'And then there were none', where the group solves murder in a claustrophobic feel while they're trapped on an island. Here the train is visited only briefly and people travel all over the place afterward. This hurt the tight-knit mystery feel some of her better books hold.

  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    2019-05-14 00:58

    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 unanswered. It felt rushed and unfinished. I suspected the correct murderer from the very start, but then I started suspecting bunch of other people too. But still in the end - it was all just very anti-climatic.There are many GREAT mysteries by Agatha Christie, I mean she wrote over 80 books.But this is not one of them.My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG

  • فهد الفهد
    2019-04-26 22:05

    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، وربما لازالت لعبة بين المؤلف وقارئه، فالمؤلف يراهن على أن الحل بمتناول القارئ، ولكن احترافيته تجعله يخدع القارئ إلى خيوط ميتة حتى نهاية الرواية عندما تنكشف كل الحقائق، ويشعر القارئ بمتعة عجيبة، متعة هزيمته أمام هذا الكاتب الجيد. رغم أن أجاثا لم تكن كذلك، إلا أنه لازال للذاكرة لعبتها، فحقيقة أنني لم أكن أشتري كتبها في تلكم الأيام لأسباب يطول شرحها، وتوفر هذه الكتب في بيت إحدى قريباتي عندما نزورها، غلف قراءاتي لها بذلكم الغلاف اللذيذ، حيث كانت أمامي مهمة عسيرة، وهي أن أختار رواية من بين الأغلفة الزاهية، ومن ثم أتفرغ لقراءتها من دون أي شواغل، حتى ينتهي موعد زيارتنا الذي كان يمتد في الماضي ما بين صلاة العصر وحتى منتصف الليل، عندما يأتي والدي ليأخذنا إلى المنزل، أما مكان قراءتي فكان أسفل السلم، متكئاً على الجدار، تلقي علي شمس الصيف أشعتها الأخيرة قبل الغروب، وتتناهى إلى سمعي أصوات اللعب والركض لبقية الأطفال في فناء المنزل، أما أنا، فهناك محبوس في عالم كريستي الغامض، بالطبع لم أكمل أي رواية من تلكم الروايات، كلها كانت ألغازاً ناقصة، انتهى الوقت وأنا لازلت ملفوفاً بخيوطها المتشابكة.. يا للذاكرة، ويا لتداعيها. الآن لم يعد لأجاثا ذلكم المذاق، كأشياء كثيرة، فلذا قرأت هذه الرواية، عندما فقدت رواية يوسا (قصة مايتا) التي اصطحبتها معي في جولتي الأسبانية، وكنت أمني نفسي بقراءة مذهلة لهذا البيروفي العبقري، ولكن الرواية بقيت في القطار الذي أخذني من إشبيلية إلى قرطبة، ورغم امتلاء الآيباد بالكتب، إلى أن حاجتي له طيلة الوقت، جعلتني لا أضيف إلى أحماله، حمل القراءة، فلذا استوليت على هذه الرواية التي جاءت بها رفيقتي. بدت الرواية واعدة ومناسبة ظرفياً، فأحداثها تقع على قطار أزرق فرنسي، وأنا أقرؤها غالباً في القطارات الأسبانية، ولكن النقمة الطفولية سرعان ما عادت لي، ومنعتني الاستمتاع بالرواية، فالكثير من الأحداث يتم التلميح لها، بحيث أن القارئ الذي بدأ الرواية متحمساً للعب دور هرقل بوارو، سرعان ما ينزوي ويترك الأحداث تجري، محاولاً فقط فهم ما الذي يدور؟ يبدو أن مفهومي للإثارة والغموض، مختلف تماماً عن المفهوم الذي كتبت به كريستي رواياتها. تحولت هذه الرواية إلى فيلم بذات العنوان سنة 2005 م، أدى دور هرقل بوارو فيه البريطاني دايفد ساشيت.

  • Melindam
    2019-05-13 00:04

    Update 23 JanI 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 JanI read this a long time ago and it did not make a big impression, because I couldn't for the life of me remember, who the murderer was or why the victim was killed (one of my benchmarks for detective fiction, though definitely not the only one) - so maybe this will be like reading the book for the first time. Let's see.

  • Hamad
    2019-05-09 03:03

    “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 reviewSo, 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 it feels real in all her books.“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” I also like how Agatha likes to use french terms and it always brings me back to those french classes in school, nostalgia people!!I also like the idea how a lady who was born in 1890 could become the most sold author ever, I can't imagine my grandma writing such books, so Agatha is definitely on my list of the coolest ladies ever... & she focuses on the psychology of the characters which is always refreshing.This book did not surprise me as always, I could guess the murderer, although I kept changing my mind but I said if it came to this then there was a major hint.... I will keep this vague!And the reveal was fun and good but the whole book could have been shorter, anyway I am not regretting reading this book, more Agatha books will be read soon :)

  • Cyndi
    2019-05-10 03:15

    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! 😊

  • Laurel Young
    2019-05-22 02:49

    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 and a very charming amateur to help him--what does it mean that Miss Grey lives in St. Mary Mead two years before Miss Marple, its most famous resident, was introduced? I kept expecting Poirot to run into Miss Marple, as though she had always lived there even before Christie first wrote about her! I admit that I am biased against the "adventure" angle of some of Christie's earliest (1920s) mysteries--notorious jewel thieves in disguise were no doubt intended as good escapism for post-WWI readers, but I much prefer the eminently rational puzzles of her best work; she can dazzle the reader with fiendish ingenuity in an entirely prosaic setting. However, there are some good twists in The Mystery of the Blue Train; I figured out the culprits rather early but she still kept me guessing--in fact, I was surprised to find I was right! And there were a number of details that I did *not* see coming, such as the reason for disfiguring the corpse. Overall, this was much better than I expected, and I think my favorite thing, really, was seeing her play around with the logistics of a murder on a train. I can see her warming up for one of her greatest novels of all time, Murder on the Orient Express.

  • Raoofa Ibrahim
    2019-04-22 01:12

    التقييم الحقيقي :٣.٥رواية 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

  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    2019-05-09 00:03

    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 Meserole
    2019-05-22 01:17

    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 damn revenge. So I was totally on board with pinning this whole thing on her ex-husband Derek. I mean, come on, the guy acted like he gave no fucks that she was dead. Plus, he jumped pretty quickly into another ladies arms.. so uh yeah, there's that. Now aside from Derek being a grade A douche bag, this book was kind of "meh" to me. It wasn't my favorite but I also didn't hate it that much either. It just seemed super slow paced and that no one really wanted to solve this murder. Like all they did was talk and talk and talk and then BAM murder was solved! At one point I stopped caring about the murder and Ruth's revenge. I just kind of wanted this book to be over. I guess I just expected more from this book. I hope the next book is better.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-05-20 01:13

    “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 has various characters make about women throughout had a purpose in the mystery’s solution. I know an author’s autobiography is usually a sketchy source at best for divining purpose in fiction, but Christie had just been cheated on and dumped by her first husband in the year before this was published, but I thought this book’s (in part) focus on women may have come from her life events. Ruth’s Dad: "Have you got the grit to tell the world you made a mistake. There’s only one way out of this mess, Ruthie, cut your losses and start afresh. . . ”“You mean. . .”“Divorce.”“Divorce!”As with other, better books from Christie, a murder takes place on a train (some take place on boats, too!), the night or “blue” train from Calais to Nice, (as Christie herself did much world travel via train). (Yes, I was reading this about a location in Nice on the day of the Nice truck bombing, which was somewhat strange). In this one she tries third person omniscient (rather than have some buffoon like Hastings narrate it) and experiments with having us not meet Poirot at all for more than a third of the book. I have heard this lesser known book from Christie was done rather quickly, as she needed cash for her and her daughter, but that seems unfair, because while this one wasn’t particularly innovative, I can see her working on different things as a writer, developing her craft.So: Ruth Van Kettering is murdered. She was unhappily married to Derek, who is struggling financially but could use the money he might get from Ruth’s rich daddy, who hires Poirot to do the investigation. Ruth also was given rare rubies from her father, and they are of course missing at the time of her death. Derek also “hangs out” with an exotic dancer named Mirelle who seems hotly unpredictable. Ruth's and Derek's marriage is one of convenience, not love (and for any mystery reader, the obviousness of him as possible murderer takes him out of the running pretty quickly, eh?).Then there’s someone Ruth may have been seeing on the side, the Comte de La Roche who could also use the cash. A sophisticated ladies man. But is the murder linked to the theft?There’s a woman, Katherine Grey, that we come to like very much, one of the best of Christie’s early characters. She’s been working for a crusty old lady, Miss Viner for many years and is going to receive an inheritance from the old crank (who contributes some comic relief). Oh, and Grey has "contacts" with The Count and Derek, too. But who is M. Marquis? And what of Mr. Kettering’s valet, Knighton, and his maid? Do we have enough characters for a line-up?There are many many slyly satirical comments about women throughout, such as this exchange between Miss Viner and Katherine:Ms. Viner: “Don't think you'll get married, though, my dear, because you won't. You're not the kind to attract the men. And, besides, you're getting on. How old are you now?""Thirty-three," Katherine told her."Well," remarked Miss Viner doubtfully, "that's not so very bad. You've lost your first freshness, of course.""I'm afraid so," said Katherine, much entertained..An early statement from Olga: “Most women have that madness. I do not.”At one point Derek says: “She might bring me bad luck. Women do.”The book is full of such satirical observations about women, which led me to think because she was exorcising some demons, making a fun feminist point overall. This one takes a while to get going. Too long. It doesn’t match up to her very best, but I still liked it. I rate it somewhere between 3 and 4, rounded down for some of the slowness of the opening. The resolution is neither all that surprising or satisfying, after we have of course spent the whole book looking at obvious and obviously wrong choices for murderer. But it’s a good read, overall.

  • Anna Maria
    2019-05-20 05:50

    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 Mary Mead, but as she often points out she has had every opportunity to observe human nature.

  • Dina
    2019-04-24 06:13

    Reference NotesSeries: Hercule Poirot #7 (1928)Narrator: (3rd person)Victim: Mrs. Ruth KetteringCOD: StrangulationSuspects:Hon. Derek Kettering (victim's husband)Comte Armand de la Roche (victim's lover)Mlle. Mirelle (Derek's lover)Ms. Ada Mason (victim's maid)Maj. Richard Knighton (victim's father's secretary)Fun Fact: Ms. Katherine Grey, a key witness to some events regarding the murder, is originally from St. Mary Mead, Kent. While I was reading this book, I kept wondering if she was friends with Ms. Marple. :)

  • Meli
    2019-05-03 04:50

    Me siento el Doctor cada vez que leo un libro de Agatha y lo adivino. Y me encanta ♡

  • Amy
    2019-05-01 06:08

    I continue to be amazed at Christie's ability to give such a specific voice and personality to each new cast of her novels. And Poirot was brilliant as usual.

  • فاطمة م.نور
    2019-04-21 01:16

    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 xDلطالما 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 أقرؤهاصحيح أن القصة أبهرتني وصحيح أن العديد من استنتاجاتي وشكوكي وتساؤلاتي وافقت ما في بالي بوارو ولكن الاستنتاج النهائي كان صادمًاكانت الطبعة من دار النجمة جميلة ومريحة وسلسلة بأسلوبها وعباراتها وعلامات ترقيمهاأكثر ما أثار دهشتي في الواقع هو كم الاقتباسات التي خرجت بها من رواية بوليسية تقع بالكاد في مئتي صفحة :) !بعض الاقتباسات:"ورفع ذراعيه وقال: هل يصل البله بالنساء إلى هذا الحد؟!"xD"إنها مثل أي شخص بارد الأعصاب واثق من نفسه، عندما يفقد سيطرته على نفسه يفقدها تمامًا""-إنني... إن كل شيء قد أعد وسيحطم هذا قلبه.قالت كاترين: لا تصدقي ذلك؛ فالقلوب تتحمل الكثير.""حسنًا، لا أظن أنني سأراها بعد ذلك مرة أخرى وهي بالتأكيد لن ترغب في رؤيتي، وهذا هو أسوأ ما في الأمر حين يفضي إليك الناس بأسرارهم... إنهم لا يريدون أن يروك بعد ذلك أبدًا""وقد بادرها بقوله: إن سيدتي محظوظة فالشمس مشرقة، قد يحدث أن يصل المسافر إلى هنا ليجد الجو قاتمًا فينتابه شعور قوي بخيبة الأمل""هناك شيء واحد لا يستطيع أي رجل أن يفعله، وهو أن يقنع امرأة بأن تسمع صوت العقل!":D"ياللأشياء التي يقولها الإنسان دون أن يدري أنها قد تصبح حقيقة""يا إلهي! لو أن كل المجرمين احتفظوا بهدوئهم وتصرفوا بذكاء فكيف يتأتى لنا أن نقبض عليهم؟""إنها هوايتي، أن أعرف الأشياء؛ فلديّ بالطبع من الوقت ما يسمح لي بذلك إذ أنني لست مثقلًا بالأعباء""التفت المفتش ونظر إليه بحدة وقال: أتعني...-أنا لا أعني شيئًا، كل ما في الأمر أنني أرتب الحقائق""-سيدي، لو أن طبيبًا يسير في الطريق فوقعت حادثة، فهل يقول لنفسه: لقد اعتزلت عملي وسأمضي في طريقي، بينما هنالك شخص ينزف حتى الموت تحت قدميه؟""إن المغالاة في الحرص تدعو إلى الشك ، أليس كذلك؟""كان يرقب العابرين بطريقة آلية؛ حشد من الناس لم يعجبه مظهرهم ولا ملابسهم، فالمرء لا يكاد يرى شيئًا يستحق المشاهدة في هذه الأيام. ولكن سرعان ما أعاد النظر في العبارة الأخيرة""يا إلهي، إنكم معشر الرجال مثل الأطفال تمامًا!":D"ورغم ذلك فقد كان هناك شيء لم تخطئه عيناه حين رآه، فقد أدرك لأول وهلة أنه في حضرة امرأة غاضبة، وحين تغضب المرأة فهي تقول الكثير. كان يعلم هذا جيدًا، وغالبًا ما تكون فرصة بالنسبة لرجل ثاقب الفكر إذا ما احتفظ بهدوء أعصابه""إنما يحلو للناس أن يثرثروا، ولا يليق بي أن آخذ هذه الاتهامات على محمل الجد""إن الرجل الطيب قد يهلكه حبه لامرأة سيئة، والعكس أيضا صحيح؛ فالرجل الشرير قد يهلكه حبه لامرأة طيبة""إن مهمتي أن ألاحظ ما يطرأ على الوجوه من تغيير""وأنا لا أحب الجدل مع أي شخص عنيد بل أتصرف رغمًا عنه""لم يقل لي أحد شيئًا. لقد خمنت وصدق حدسي، أليس كذلك يا آنسة؟ فكما تريت، ما لم يكن الشخص صادقًا في تخمينه فلا فائدة من عمله كمخبر؟"إن النساء يا آنسة كريمات، فإذا كان بمقدورهن أن يؤدين خدمة إلى شخص سبق أن أدى خدمة لهن فسيفعلن""كان راضيًا بالانتظار ويمنحها حرية اختيار الوقت الذي تتكلم فيه"" -يا آنسة، هذه الأشياء يصعب التعبير عنها. عندما رأيتك أول مرة تقفين متفرجة على الحياة وكنت تبدين هادئة مستمتعة كمن يرقب رواية تقدم أمامه.-والآن؟-الآن أنت تراقبين المشهد، وقد يكون ما سأقوله مضحكًا، ولكن تبدو عليك نظرة الحرص التي تبدو على وجه مقاتل يقوم بلعبة صعبة""يا آنسة، كل فرد يقف في زاوية مختلفة لينظر إلى المرآة، ولكنها نفس المرآة ونفس الحقائق تنعكس عليها في النهاية""إنه ذلك القطار الأزرق اللعين! إن القطارات شيء جبار لا يلين، أليس كذلك يا سيد بوارو؟ فالناس يموتون، ومع ذلك فهي تسير لا تعبأ بشيء. يبدو أنني أتكلم كلامًا لا معنى له ولكنك تفهم ما أريد أن أقوله.-نعم، نعم، أعرف. إن الحياة مثل القطار يا آنسة؛ فهي مستمرة، وإنه لجميل أن تستمر الحياة في سيرها الطبيعي. إنك شابة أصغر مما تظنين، فضعي ثقتك في القطار يا آنسة، فهو يسير بمشيئة الله"آخ تعبت.. أطول مراجعة بكتبها بحياتي xD

  • Jammin Jenny
    2019-05-18 05:50

    Classic Hercule Poirot! It can't get much better than that when it comes to murder mysteries.

  • Luffy
    2019-05-07 03:59

    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 identity. More of that later. The book has to end somewhere. I didn't catch the hint regarding the ruby, the "Heart of Fire". Was the original in Mirelle's possession or was it a fake? Mirelle could not exact no revenge on her lost lover, but she is an unimaginable character. Agatha Christie makes me meet people I will never meet, not here, not in this age. I'm speaking of people in high places, but also people who have served in war, and those doughty Empire builders who were definitely English. I cannot judge how true these characters are, and when someone like Mirelle, or the Compte de la Roche appears, I'm at a loss to understand whether Agatha Christie is improvising or whether these creatures really walked the good Earth at some point in the lost past. The beginning was intriguing. There's a transaction of the ruby being carried, and a lot of very varied people being introduced. I would have liked this segment to go on more. But then in a jarring change Poirot appears and things get dull. But this doesn't last long. The passages where the victim is on the train are fantastic. A luxury train is very archaic. It's also very ghostly, like a ship in a mist. But a train, I think has more romance, especially one peopled by the sorts that the author imagined here. The victim is millionaire extraordinaire Van Aldin's daughter. She is a flawed beauty, a very beautiful woman who has inherited two millions (and a too masculine jaw line) and is about to die needlessly. Herein lies the one glitch in this story, if I must nitpick. The murder was not essential. And if I remember correctly, most Agatha Christie murders happen because of urgency and viral necessity. Someone named the Marquis doesn't sound like a serial killer. But here he is made out to be a ruthless(omigod, pun accidental) killer. The trouble of killing, but also of all the clever alibis being planned, they aren't worth doing if the cleverness is there. There is no motive for murder. In the movie " Once Upon A Time In the West" Henry Fonda says, people are scared when they are dying. That I can understand, but here the dead bodies don't give evidence line is not convincing and lacks punch. But we needed a murder, and a murder simply had to be conjured. Where would we be if Ruth was alive, if only being a victim of theft only? For one, I would have wanted very much to read this story, but it would be a short story. There wouldn't be enough to go on to make of the theft of the rubies a fascinating tale as this book turned out to be. A few random things now; that premonition of the attractive Katherine Grey that came out of the blue, was a manipulation of the author, who hid part of the experience. But I did guess the murderer's identity. I knew who was the Marquis. There was the simple line that surgeons were surprised of Knighton's limp. That was the only hint I could pick up. But as of the identity of his accomplice, Kitty Kidd, I was so wrong! I thought she was Lennox Tamplin, simply because I pounced on the detail that in a certain picture, she had averted her face and shown only her nape. That was a red herring that I'm still digesting! I thought she must have dual identities. The whole Tamplin entourage was a dead end. Too much prose wasted for little importance. This 5 well earned stars is perhaps the strongest one. I would have given it more if possible. I do not remember which book has so much romance and class as this book. From now on, I think it's all downhill. In my youth I read most of the Poirot mysteries in French, in disorder. I remember little of them for most of them. There's the Mystery of the Orient Express, but that one I know of too well. I dare not choose a too pedestrian book. And I prefer Marple over Poirot. Agatha Christie is very confident in her plots. When she makes a character praise the denouement, it's an act of faith. I recommend this book to anyone who reads and has not read it.

  • Madeline
    2019-05-13 04:48

    "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, and I must admit I'm tempted to give this book a higher rating than it deserves just because of how much nostalgia I got from reading it. When I read Murder on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express in 7th grade, I missed a lot of the subtleties of Christie's writing. Specifically, the characterization of Hercule Poirot, who has to be the most ridiculous person ever to be taken seriously by every single character in a novel. I had completely forgotten about his broken English and silly phrases, or the fact that nothing on this earth could impress him as much as he does. He is a silly man, and I adore him. Also, I now feel like I should read a Miss Marple mystery and see how the two sleuths compare. Anyway - the part where I actually review the book. The plot basically combines all the elements of a great Agatha Christie mystery: a rich heiress is found murdered on a train, and the three priceless rubies she had in her possession are missing. The rubies themselves were acquired not-so-legally by her rich father, who wants her to divorce her husband who only married her for her money, and the husband is cheating on her with an exotic dancer ("exotic" here means "Asian" instead of "pole") who also loves expensive jewels. In play as well are an old lady's companion who's recently inherited a lot of money, a scheming antiques dealer, and lots and lots of secret identities. It all makes for a fun read, but it's not one of Christie's best. My favorite mysteries are the ones where the reader knows everything the detective does, and still can't figure out the solution. In The Mystery of the Blue Train Poirot actually withholds information from everyone, including the reader, until the very end where he can reveal it in a more dramatic fashion. It felt sort of like a cheap trick, and left me thinking, well, if I'd known that I could have figured this out myself! I think I need to read more Agatha Christie. Recommendations?

  • Debbie Robson
    2019-05-13 00:18

    As I might have already mentioned I have only recently been reading some of Agatha Christie’s early books. I read this 1928 mystery purely for atmosphere and to find out more about the Blue Train and the French Riviera. I think some of Christie’s skill is really just suggesting details and we, as the readers, do the rest. Here is how the novel opens. “It was close on midnight when a man crossed the Place de la Concorde. In spite of the handsome fur coat which garbed his meagre form, there was something essentially weak and paltry about him.” I was actually surprised by this beginning. Not cosy St Mary Mead or a country house that’s for sure and she’s also thrown in a Russian.Here is the riviera very simply captured with characterisation thrown in as well:“Katherine nodded. She sat by the window, entranced by the sunlit panorama. the palm trees, the deep blue of the sea, the bright yellow mimosa came with all the charm of novelty to the woman who for fourteen years had known only the drab winters of England.”I really liked Katherine Grey and her meeting with Poirot on the blue train. There is a murder of course and it is quite an interesting one with the victim (a wealthy young American woman) having a strange sense of foreboding as she gets on the train, which I believe doesn’t often happen in a Christie novel.“Ruth sat very still, biting her under lip and trying hard to keep the unaccustomed tears from her eyes. She felt a sudden sense of desolation. There was a wild longing upon her to jump out of the train and to go back before it was too late. She, so calm, so self-assured, for the first time in her life felt like a leaf swept by the wind...”Of course you’ll have to read Mystery of the Blue Train to find out who killed her. Loved the conversation between Poirot and another character called Lenox. I liked Lenox, who, although wealthy like Ruth, is very different from the victim.“From far behind them there came a long-drawn-0ut scream of an engine's whistle."That is that damned Blue Train,” said Lenox. “Trains are relentless things, aren’t they, Monsieur Poirot? People are murdered and die, but they go on just the same. I am talking nonsense, but you know what I mean.”“Yes, yes, I know. Life is like a train, Mademoiselle. It goes on. And it is a good thing that that is so.”“Why?”“Because the train gets to its journey’s end at last, and there is a proverb about that in your language, Mademoiselle.”“Journeys end in lovers meeting...”This last conversation, for this reader anyway, raises my review to four stars.

  • Alice
    2019-05-14 02:51

    Sono senza parole. È un libro meraviglioso, coinvolgente e molto intrigante. Poirot è veramente infallibile, vorrei un po' del suo intuito che lo porta ad essere così geniale. Sono contenta perché per la prima volta ho individuato anche se un po' in ritardo😅il colpevole. Non vedo l'ora di leggere altri libri di Agatha Christie anche perché questo è il secondo che ho letto dei suoi e voglio immergermi ancora in quei favolosi libri!!💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

  • Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
    2019-05-02 01:59

    Published: first published 1928Author: Agatha ChristieRecommended 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 (in my opinion).This is a novel featuring the brilliant, intelligent Hercule Poirot where he starts the novel on a train journey to the Riviera where he meets Ruth Kettering, an american heiress. The next morning all her private affairs are known to the public as she is found murdered in her compartment, all Poirot has to go on is a suspicious man hanging around the victim, which as we know is more than enough for Poirot to find out who it was and as soon as he starts to investigate the secrets of Ruth Ketterings life comes to light.

  • ~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
    2019-04-21 01:54

    This was a good one! Wouldn't say as good as Roger Ackroyd, though. The start was real dull, what with the multitude of characters mysteriously going back and forth. The story catches on its usual mysterious intonation when the characters coincide aboard the blue train. Suspense is not very paramount, as you expect from a regular Christie book. Also, the gravity of the situation doesn't very much strike the reader here. The 3rd person narrative also was a change in this book, though I wouldn't say it entertained me much. I liked the book because of Hercule Poirot and of course, his methodical approach. Also, how AC explains the look on Poirot's face with every revelation is quite admirable. It makes you wonder what 'little idea' got planted in his head. The second half was definitely more exciting than the first. The theatrical approach towards the end, which he took on the two suspects was fun. I quite liked Katherine Grey in this book, though again, it never quite fills the space Hastings took up.Overall a good cozy read. 3 stars.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-05-17 02:13

    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 has her jewels, which have disappeared?Ruth's father hires Hercule Poirot to bring his daughter's killer to justice.The twists and turns are Classic Christie! What more can one say?

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-04-28 01:01

    This is allegedly the story that the author herself liked least. First printed, I believe, in 1928 it is a train mystery, (a technique Christie played with several times), a Poirot case (in which he is already calling himself and old man, though he continues to do so for a few decades) and finally, the first story in which the fictional St Mary Mead appears as a location in England, though Miss Marple has yet to appear.Nearly 100 years old now, this is like reading historic fiction; the class demarcations that the characters take for granted are dated. The author herself seems somewhat tongue in cheek about some of the class bias, but at other times she, also, takes it much for granted.The plot is one you can read on the back cover; murder/ theft of famous jewels whodunnit. The real beauty of the novel is the situations and characterisation that were always Christie's mark in her earlier books and the soothing rhythm of small clues that leads to the great expose at the end.While in 'The Blue Train' Christie's English characters were eminently enjoyable and well written, it seemed to me that she struggled with the other nationalities a bit : the flamboyant dancer aside (Christie's passionate Mediterranean types never vary much), I felt that she really struggled to write the Americans, and indeed I never got a strong 'American' feel from them at all. Her French characters (most of the novel occurs in France) fared a little better but at times lost all independent voice, I thought. Perhaps this was also noticeable to the author and why this was her least favourite story?Anyhow, still a very good early Christie - totally worth reading.

  • Jayne Catherine pinkett
    2019-04-25 01:17

    I am going to buddy read this with my book tube friend Cheryl from crflames fan. :-)3.5* from meThis was an OK plot. Have read better Poirot but nether the less enjoyable. Detective Cheryl my buddy guessed who had commited the murder. I was upset that my beloved Poirot is far more arrogant and aggressive in the books than the TV series:-(