"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."
Yes! What a great setting for a little elegance and intrigue, but all I got was "oh, blah, who cares."
One reason for my less-than-favorable review is that "The Mystery of the Blue Train" is told in the third person and I much prefer Hastings as the narrator.
The Sherlock Holmes/side kick relationship works well with Hercule Poirot. It's a pleasure to read all of the small games Captain Hastings plays with the great detective, trying to prove himself as an equal.
On the bright side, however, I love the melodramatic book cover and am happy to post it here for my "books read" record.
To find on amazon: The Mystery of the Blue Train: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)