Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Finally another book finished!  At last!  I seem to have been reading this for ages although as I posted my last review at the start of April it can't have been that long and I certainly feel as though I read this book far more quickly than the last one I read.

This months read was another Agatha Christie, The Mystery of the Blue Train.  Hercule Poirot is the detective in this story, which is a complete story in itself.  I must have seen the television show of this, but I don't remember it so I didn't know how the story would be told or what the ending would be.


The story centres around a mystery that does indeed happen on The Blue Train.  There is - of course - a murder and also some other strange goings on.  It seems as if the killer is obvious, there is certainly an obvious suspect, but perhaps they were not actually the murderer.

On the sidelines there are various other characters who have their parts to play and to tell the story, but are they there just to fill in the blanks or are they more significant?

What really is the mystery, is it really the murder, or is there something else deeper at play here...

 I enjoyed reading this much more than the other recent Agatha Christie books because it was a whole story in itself and it seemed to make more sense.  However, the ending wasn't very satisfactory as it centred around things that we hadn't had a chance to really solve while reading the story.

Although I am happy to be surprised by the ending I like to feel that I at least have some chance of figuring it out, but I suspect that this is quite common in Christies books.

So to sum up, a good story that I enjoyed, but don't feel the need to read again.  In fact I won't be reading this again in any case.  This book was clearly published many many years ago.  Just look at the price tag.  25p!!!  The book has literally fallen apart so it cannot even go to the charity shop.  Instead I have sent it to the recycling bin.


My next read?  Another Christie book and then I will be taking a break from her for a little while.  I want to read my wood chopping book (yes that is a real thing!) and another that I have been dipping into about the Mitford Sisters.

What are you reading right now?  If you would like to share please let me know below in the comments as I always like to find out what other people are enjoying.

Happy Reading!

Amy

26 comments:

  1. When I saw the title of this post I thought it was more of your trip to the Steam Railway!
    You can tell I'm not a big AC reader can't you!
    What a price for a new book, mind you I try not to pay much more than that for mine now from charity shops.
    Lisa x

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  2. They all become a bit of a blur don't they, I can never remember who-dun-it no matter how many times I watch them! Still usually very enjoyable. x

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  3. Thanks for the review. I haven't read any Agatha Christie books for years but have been watching Poirot (David Suchet is perfectly cast) on the telly. Have just finished another re-read of To Kill A Mocking Bird. As always, it's so good, it's difficult to move on to the next book.

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  4. Yay for Agatha Christie books - just right for curling up with of an evening. I'm currently reading a Joanne Harris book called 'Coastliners'. I found it online and reserved it at the library. I do enjoy her books and so far, so good with this one. xx

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  5. Agatha Christie books are good fun, and very clever aren't they. I read lots and lots of them as a teenager. I have just begun reading 'My Life on the Road' by Gloria Steinem, which I find quite enjoyable. For a while I have been thinking of getting into the Mitfords, so I look forward to hearing what you read there.

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  6. I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was a very clever plot. I'm reading the next Agatha Christie book on my list at the moment. I watched your podcast yesterday and enjoyed it, the shawls are looking good and I enjoyed seeing your tapestry. It was interesting hearing about your blogging journey too and hearing how you decided to take it further.

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  7. I too like to be given the chance to figure out a mystery. I hate plots in both books and movies where they throw in some vaguely known culprit that didn't even play a part in the whole story.
    Wendy

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  8. Dear Amy

    I have just finished Daphne du Maurier's 'House on the Strand' which kept me gripped. I am now returning to Jane Austen and am reading Mansfield Park again.
    Enjoy your reading
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  9. I just read Mrs.'Arris goes to Moscow by Paul Gallico. It was a fun book to read. I'm going to read Mrs.'Arris goes to Paris next. Another blogger mentioned this series and that's why I tried it.

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  10. Another series that I've really enjoyed is the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. She's an author from Canada. The first book in the series is "Still Life".

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  11. I'm reading The Sittaford Mystery by Agatha Christie, The Lost Chord by Geraldine Brooks The Secret Chord and Some Luck by Jane Smiley.

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  12. I'm reading the first book in the Outlander series. I had watched the first season and am now into watching the second season. Was worried about watching season two while reading the book from season one but no confusion at all.

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  13. Poirot is my favorite, though I'm no longer very literary and watch the movies. David Suchet is my very favorite actor to betray Hercule. As for the Miss Marple I've liked all the actresses.

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  14. Just finished The Summer Before the War...couldn't put it down!

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  15. I am reading nonfiction just now...I seem to read more of that than fiction, but I do enjoy a good old-fashioned novel. Wanted you to know, Amy, that I peek in on your videos and like what you are doing. It also makes me feel as if I have had another blogger meeting. =D I have never watched one from start to finish so that is why I have not mentioned it before.

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  16. I want to get Short NIghts of the Shadow Catcher at my library.

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  17. I just read a book recommended by my 16 year old. It's a YA book but still good called Prisoner in the night fog. Recommend it

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  18. I went through a phase of reading Agatha Christie books in my teens and went through everything the library had but I don't remember this one. Although to be honest I'm not sure I remember many of them. I've read quite a few books recently since I've had my accident so must get round to a blog post. I've just finished "The Dressmaker" which was very dark but also quite funny at times.

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  19. I always enjoyed Agatha Christie's murder mysteries, though Miss Marple is my favourite detective!

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  20. Always a great author to read.

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  21. Those were the days, when books were 25p! I've just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which was a recommendation by lots of people and which I absolutely loved. I can highly recommend it, I think you'd love it too. And I've got Emma Bridgwater's memoir Toast and Marmalade at the top of the pile now. CJ xx

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  22. I've only read one Agatha Christie book, but should try a couple more. When I saw your blog post title, I thought it mayhave been something to do with Thomas at the steam musuem you've just posted about(giggle). Take care.

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  23. Wow, it's years since I've read an Agatha Christie story but maybe I should try one again. I'm more likely to be reading frivolous chic lit or thrillers at the moment. Saying that I'm re reading Diane Gabledon's 'Cross stitch' (outlander) series again for the third time! X

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  24. I don't know why I find murder mystery novels so enjoyable, but I do, especially what we call Golden Age of Mystery ones such as those written by Agatha Christie. Perhaps it's because I'm trying to solve the puzzle of 'who did it' or the fact that they're mostly set in the 1930s and 40s. We're spoilt for choice with the television versions and I hardly ever remember the outcome unless it's a really well-known novel. I did quite a lot of 'dipping into' whilst we were away which I like to do with non fiction as a change from novels. I wonder which book about the Mitfords you've been reading? I have 'Wait For Me', memoirs written by the late Deborah Devonshire on my nightstand and it's fascinating.

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  25. One of my favorite Christies.
    Amalia
    xo

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  26. What a classic! I read a little of whatever takes my fancy. It all depends on what I'm in the mood for. I have been trying to keep track each month on goodreads and post them on my blog.

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