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  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publ. UK; Auflage: Masterpiece ed (5. November 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007120761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120765
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,1 x 2,4 x 17,8 cm
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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!

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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Schlagzeile am 14. August 2010
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Mensch, ganz verkatert tippen meine Hände nun diese Rezension. Denn sie hatten jüngst nur eine Aufgabe: "The Mysterys of the Blue Train" in den absurdesten Positionen an den absurdesten Orten vor meine Augen zu halten.

Das war der erste Christie, den ich bislang genießen durfte und es wird nicht der letzte sein!

Die Handlung in ihrer Kürze:
Eine Frau mit ordentlich Klunkern in der Tasche wird auf einer Nachtfahrt im "Blue Train" plötzlich Zeuge ihres eigenen Todes. Na und wie immer wills keiner gewesen sein. Ein Detektiv namens Hercule Poirot ermittelt.

Na das klingt doch mal nach einem faden Tatortkrimi!
Ha, weit gefehlt! Zumindest mich hat das Buch von der ersten Minute an gefesselt, denn sämtliche Charaktere waren so wunderbar liebevoll glaubwürdig und detailreich gezeichnet, als ob sie vor mir stünden. Inkonsitente Protagonisten, an den Haaren herbeigezogene Handlungstränge - in Kürze das, was ich von manchen aktuellen Autoren leider immer wieder zu lesen bekam - fand ich hier nicht. Jedes Kapitel war ein Genuss und endete mit einem Cliffhanger.
Die Auflösung des Kriminalfalls war so überraschend logisch und so überraschend unerwartet, dass ich Kapitel zurückblätterte, um die Fakten, die mir heimlich untergeschoben wurden, zu verfizieren.

Ich empfehle jedem Krimifan, dieses Buch zu lesen!
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7 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 10. August 1998
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I first read this book at the age of 13 and loved the story. I was also struck by the great atmosphere of England and the French Riviera created by Christie. I found the characters of Katherine and Derek sympathetic and believeable and that of Lenox, very sad. I also liked the way Poirot is able to bring them together while simulataneously pursuing the killer. My only complaint was that I felt the actual mystery was less complex than some of Christie's other works (like "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"). However, the overall story was so enjoyable that I don't think anyone would care. Definitely one of my sentimental favorites for its happy ending and the way it leaves you with a feeling of optimism at the end.
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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Christoph SCHRANZ am 31. Oktober 2013
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Auch dieser Agatha Christie hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Ist auch in Englisch relativ einfach und flüssig zu lesen. Kann ich nur empfehlen.
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4 von 11 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 26. Oktober 1998
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This one doesnot fall in Christie's usual category but nevertheless a very good mystery. Highly recommended.
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Great atmosphere and well drawn characters 10. August 1998
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I first read this book at the age of 13 and loved the story. I was also struck by the great atmosphere of England and the French Riviera created by Christie. I found the characters of Katherine and Derek sympathetic and believeable and that of Lenox, very sad. I also liked the way Poirot is able to bring them together while simulataneously pursuing the killer. My only complaint was that I felt the actual mystery was less complex than some of Christie's other works (like "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"). However, the overall story was so enjoyable that I don't think anyone would care. Definitely one of my sentimental favorites for its happy ending and the way it leaves you with a feeling of optimism at the end.
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Christie Is On Track With Excellent Tale of Murder/Robbery 21. April 2001
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In his sixth adventure, Hercule Poirot is on board the famous Blue Train from Calais to Nice. He encounters four different people and groups of people who are all after the Heart of Fire, a spectacular ruby purchased by American tycoon Rufus Van Aldin and presented to his daughter Ruth. Ruth is unhappily married to British aristocrat Derek Kettering, a richly layered character about whom the reader is still trying to decide if he is hero or villain up to the final chapter. This novel is filled with exciting characters: Mirelle, the exotic dancer with a passion for Derek; Armand de la Roche, the attractive but notorious swindler; and most refreshing of all is Katherine Grey, one of Mrs. Christie's best heroines.
When Ruth Van Aldin Kettering is found murdered on the Blue Train en route to her annual winter trip to the French Riviera, it is up to Hercule Poirot to discover if she was murdered because the famous jewel was in her possession or was she murdered by her husband or his mistress or was there yet another sinister motive.
This excellent tours de force is a landmark book for Christie fans because from this point until sometime in the late 60's every novel she published was brilliantly plotted and never failed to challenge the mystery reader.
Agatha Christie was known for experimenting with plots in short stories before developing them more fully in novels. The Mystery of the Blue Train is a prime example of this, so you might wish to go back and read her earlier short story "The Mystery of the Plymouth Express" if you enjoyed this one.
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Christie's least favorite and deservedly so 22. Juni 2007
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The Mystery of the Blue Train begins with the story of an American millionaire obtaining a set of unique rubies despite the attempted interference of a mysterious criminal. From there we meet the millionaire's daughter Ruth and her no-good husband. The story is a bit of a soap opera involving infidelity on both sides, proposed divorce, blackmail, and various other unpleasantness. Later a woman is introduced who has recently inherited a large sum of money. After following her story for a bit, most of the cast boards the Blue Train (along with Poirot) where Ruth is murdered and the rubies stolen.

It is worth noting that the murder does not occur until page 100 and that we see very little of Poirot until then. For that matter, we don't see nearly as much of Poirot after the murder as we typically would. To be sure, there are the typical interviews with suspects but far more time is spent following the other characters around France and England than you would normally expect. This change might be welcome if the characters were interesting, or if the space given to them resulted in real growth and development, or if just about anything noteworthy happened at all. Unfortunately, they mostly seem to listlessly wander about mouthing inanities and doing very little of consequence.

When Poirot at last solves the case, it is much more of a relief to be done with this book than it is satisfying to learn the answer to the crime. This book is such a poor effort that I can scarcely believe Dame Christie really wrote it. The structure feels like she meant it to be a standalone mystery like And Then There Were None rather than a Poirot novel and then perhaps the author changed her mind at the last minute and grafted the little Belgian in to very poor effect. It also feels much more like a crude first draft than a finished novel from a great writer. All the extra space given to the cast is wasted since they all remain little more than cardboard and the story is equally bland. I have greatly enjoyed some of the Poirot novels I've read but this one should be avoided by all but the most devout Poirot completist.
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Excellent vintage Christie 24. Januar 2004
Von Jeanne Tassotto - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was published in 1928 and is an expansion of the short story "Mystery of the Plymouth Express". The plot enters around an American heiress, her millionaire father, ne'er do-well husband, shady lover and others she comes into contact with on the famous Blue Train while traveling to the Riveria. The question becomes was she murdered for her jewels or were her jewels taken to cloud the motive of her murder? Katherine Grey (from the soon to be famous St. Mary Mead) was taken into the victims confidence and finds herself entangled in the mystery. Fortunately for her, Hercule Poirot was also a passenger on the train and sorts through the puzzle. Poirot is traveling without Hastings but we are treated to scenes with Georges the valet at the beginning of his career with Hercule.
This book has held up surprisingly well considering it is nearing the century mark. It describes a way of life that is long past which could be confusing the 21st century reader who does not understand the stigma that had been attached to divorce, limited opportunities for women or personal servants but the core conflicts of the story remain current to today.
The only flaws I see in this story are the number of subplots and secondary characters but this is more than made up for by the ending which has the typical Christie flair.
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"Life is Like a Train. It Goes On..." 17. März 2011
Von R. M. Fisher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Every writer has their off-days; every writer has the results of those off-days. For Agatha Christie, it was "The Mystery of the Blue Train." Around the same time she wrote this book the author was dealing with the recent death of her mother, the divorce proceedings between herself and an unfaithful husband, and a nervous breakdown that led to her unexplained disappearance for ten days. In her autobiography she describes the novel as one that she "always hated" and that the experience was such an ordeal that she kept a careful tally of the word count.

I think anyone can be forgiven for writing a sub-par novel in such circumstances, especially a writer that diligently churned out one novel per year for approximately five decades. As such, some may want to skip "Mystery on the Blue Train" as the worst of the Christie mysteries; others may want to read it for precisely this reason.

Katherine Grey has just come into a great deal of money and having spent most of her life as a lady's companion, has decided to travel to the French Riviera in order to enjoy her freedom for the first time. It is on board the Blue Train that she meets Ruth Kettering, daughter of the American billionaire Rufus Van Aldin and soon to be ex-wife of the degenerate Derek Kettering.

Ruth is in some distress as she is on her way to meet her lover but concerned about the jewel in her possession: the priceless Heart of Fire ruby. After a restless night on board the train, Ruth is found dead in her cabin; strangled and horridly disfigured. But Katherine has also made the acquaintance of Hercule Poirot, who soon allies himself with the French police in order to bring Ruth's killer to justice.

Simply put, "Blue Train" doesn't quite *feel* like a Christie novel. Though she is a master-plotter, here the disparate threads never really mesh together properly, and looking over the book in hindsight, many of the scenes and characters feel rather pointless. Even Poirot seems oddly subdued. In most of her other books, Christie doesn't waste a single word in the careful crafting of her puzzles; here, there are several chapters which feel extraneous (Katherine's lengthy introduction, or pretty much anything involving Kettering's spurned mistress).

Conversely, Christie neglects to wrap up important elements of the crime, something seldom - if ever - seen in her other books. For instance, the fact that Ruth's face is battered beyond recognition is a fairly important plot point here, although we learn *why* it happened, we never learn who did it, or with what instrument.

It's hard to explain, but everything just seems a bit "off". Knowing what was going on in Christie's life at the time, it's easy to tell that she was distracted. But when discussing a writer like Christie, a "bad book" becomes more of a curiosity than an out-and-out bore. If you are a fan of her work, then I absolutely recommend "Blue Train" considering it is an intriguing look at the fallible side of the grand dame. And of course, her successes seem all the sweeter when compared with a failure.

Worth noting is that the book's train setting was partially inspired by her earlier short story "The Mystery of the Plymouth Express" and is used again in Murder on the Orient Express, which is largely considered to be one of her finest novels. As a mystery, it's mildly entertaining, as a Christie novel it's certainly at the bottom rung of her canon, but as a glimpse into an author's life, it makes a lot of sense in context.
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