'I looked at nothing. I read nothing. I burnt the envelope without undoing the seal.'
It seems Hercule Poirot can never escape murder. Crimes, motives and killers followed him across the Orient and now they have found him again - but this time much closer to home...From seat number 9 Hercule Poirot is ideally placed to observe and enjoy the antics of his fellow air passengers. What he fails to observe, however, was the dead woman slumped in the seat behind him. 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. An urgent cry for help brings Poirot to France. But he never arrives too late to save his client, whose brutally stubbed body now lies face downwards in a shallow grave on a golf course. As Poirot struggles to match the pieces of the puzzle, a second, identically murdered corpse is found.
The book is a collection of three brilliant novels of the Queen of Crime- The Murder on the Links, The Mystery of the Blue Train and Death in the Clouds. Running over five hundred pages, this omnibus is certainly hefty but again, the overall presentation of the content does not compromise with the readability. Flawless plotting, gripping story line, and amazing novels characterize this collection very well.