A mysterious woman, a legendary cursed jewel, and a night train to the Mediterranean -- ingredients for the perfect romance or the perfect crime? When the train stops, the jewel is missing, and the woman is found dead in her compartment. It's the perfect mystery, filled with passion, greed, deceit. And Hercule Poirot is the perfect detective to solve it... [ synopsis from goodreads ]
So I don't know what the deal was with this one?? It was literally a 200 page book and it took me almost a month to read. Normally I would've finished it in a day or two???
Honestly, I think most of the problem is that while this was a Hercule Poirot mystery, Poirot was hardly in it??? He didn't even show up until around page 60 and even then, he took more of a backseat in the whole novel? And I love Poirot books purely because I love seeing him solve the mystery and reading about him working. Poirot is hands down my favorite detective so because he wasn't really the front runner in this one, I think that's why I had a struggle with it? (He also didn't mention his little grey cells once. WHAT WAS THIS BOOK EVEN???)
But because it was Agatha, it was still a phenomenal mystery and even though I thought I was being smart, I was still wrong about the killer, haha. So while I didn't really connect with this one like I thought I should've, I still highly recommend it. Because it does have Poirot in it (just not as much as I would've liked and I also missed Hastings) and it's still a really well written mystery. I just seem to prefer other Poirot novels to this one.
review originally posted on goodreads