The blurb: The daughter of an American millionaire dies on a train en route for Nice…
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.
The prime suspect is Ruth’s estranged husband, Derek. Yet Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie re-enactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board…
My review: Picking up an Agatha Christie, as part of my ongoing request to read all the Christie books, is like taking a reading holiday. I know I’m going to enjoy the experience and that I’m with a safe pair of hands. Never has that been truer than with the Mystery of the Blue Train.
Hands down, this is my FAVOURITE CHRISTIE. Now I’ve only read about ten – the first ten – and like many authors I’m sure she gets better as she progresses but this has got to be a classic. It’s a fantastic example of the genre and with Hercule Poirot being his usual modest self, the whole thing reads like a charm.
All the elements are here to make this book sparkle. Poirot, an international plot, a seemingly cursed jewel with a blood soaked history, intrigue and romantic betrayal, an elaborate trap to catch a killer – all in all it’s perfect! This book comes highly recommended from me. If you want to dip your toes into the world of Agatha Christie, you couldn’t pick a better outing than to jump on the blue train!
10 out of 10 stars! **********