08/07/2001

The Mystery of the Blue Train

I decided to read yet another Agatha Christie crime novel... trying to catch up on the many years before I started on this author. In one sense they're becoming a little samey, but only in the sense a logic puzzle is samey. There's always a challenge to try and solve the mystery - to see the false trail of clues, and to look at the psychology of the suspects.

'The Mystery of the Blue Train' is an exciting adventure concerning some valuable jewels. Mr van Alden buys some jewels for his married daughter, and she is murdered on a train.

Hercule Poirot just happens to be on the train, as is Katherine, an English girl who's never had anything exciting happen to her.

The mystery unfolds in a clever fashion, and Poirot, as ever, reveals the murderer in the end.

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