The Mystery of the Blue Train
Hey Guys! Today, I am going to review Agatha Christie’s The Mystery of the Blue Train. It is a murder mystery [Duh, that is all Agatha Christie wrote].
Katherine Grey has recently come into a lot of money. She has always lived a modest life and is now wondering how to spend all of the money.
Ruth Kettering has always been well off and recently was gifted rubies by her father. However, she hasn’t been so lucky in love. She has a seemingly estranged husband who she wants to divorce, she also has an ex-lover, who she was forbidden to marry by her father.
However, when most of these characters end up on the same train, a murder is committed and suspicion falls on her husband and her ex-lover, who knew about the rubies.
The police are baffled and Hercule Poirot steps in to solve the mystery. With a little assistance from the people who were on the train, Hercule Poirot solves the mystery with ease!
Whoa!!! I did not see the end coming! I have read quite some Agatha Christie novels, so I know what to expect and I have even guessed the culprit correctly a couple of times. But this time I simply could not. The entire case was obscure to my eyes and I could not even think of the real culprit here.
The novel as a whole, isn’t the author’s best piece of work. The start was even slower than usual and Agatha Christie took a lot of time explaining the entire background. I believe that it could have been done in a shorter way.
Also, this novel did not have you engulfed in it as if your life depended on it. In the end, things did gather up pace, but not as much as it should have.
In this novel, our dear Captain Hastings did not appear. I rather missed him, as he is usually a character of comic relief in the novels.
So, considering all points , if you have recently begun reading Agatha Christie, do read this novel and your mind will be blown by the grandeur of the novel. However, if you have read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Murder of the Orient Express, you will not be quite impressed by this novel.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2