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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hercule Poirot Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780062233783
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Robbery and brutal murder aboard a luxury transport ensnares Poirot in The Mystery of the Blue Train.

When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice in France, 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 Hercule Poirot is not convinced, so he stages an eerie reenactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board.

Ruth Kettering is found murdered aboard a luxury train, and it is soon discovered that her rubies are also missing. The prime suspect is her husband, but Hercule is not convinced, so he stages a reenactment of the journey, complete with the murderer on board.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The reader will not be disappointed when the distinguished Belgian on psychological grounds declines to suspect the arrested husband and…lands his fish to the surprise of everyone.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Nominally Poirot has retired, but retirement means no more to him than it does to a prima donna. Let a good murder mystery come within his ken, and he just can’t be kept out of it.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The international setting makes for a good varied read.”

    Robert Barnard, English crime writer and critic

  • “It is always a delight to meet Hercule Poirot again. He is one of the few detectives with real charm.”

    Dorothy L. Sayers, mystery author, praise for the author

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Portia | 6/7/2011

    " I read some reviews saying this wasn't one of Christie's best, but I still enjoyed it very much. Quite a glamorous mystery and Poirot on good form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoë | 6/6/2011

    " I liked the idea of the female impersonator in this book, and I loved the character of Kathryn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/23/2011

    " Good read, but not quite up to the standards of most of Agatha Christie's works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 5/23/2011

    " I didn't like this Christie book as much as some of the others I've read, but it is still a good, worthwhile read. The characters are all well-developed, and there's even some romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/14/2011

    " I love Hercule Poirot! It has been a while since I read an Agatha Christie, but this one seemed different to me than the last ones. In this one you have a little more time to get to know and love the characters. Oh but don't worry, there was a MAJOR twist! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flynt | 5/6/2011

    " I like Miss Marple better. Dame Agatha's Hercule Poirot comes across as cartoonish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snail in Danger (Sid) | 4/19/2011

    " I'm not hugely fond of Christie, but I do think this is one of her better efforts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/14/2011

    " Very fun! I never want to say much about why I like an Agatha Christie, because I don't want to give it away, but I definitely enjoyed this one. One aspect of the ending I would have done differently, but that's more of a sentimental thing than a good-mystery-story thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daga | 4/10/2011

    " As a book which follows up The big four is it back to good AC. As a stand-alone book it's a good, nicely written and well conducted crime novel, however it lacks a bit of pace and ... passion. Nevertheless worth reading, specially if one is a big fan of AC! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kc | 3/29/2011

    " Started reading on 04th April 2011
    Finished reading on 19th April 2011 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 3/19/2011

    " It had all the elements to be a good mystery, but somehow it falls short. Not up to the usual standards. "

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About the Author
Author Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

About the Narrator

Hugh Fraser is an English actor and theater director who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and is currently an associate tutor, director, and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, specializing in Shakespeare.