Hickory Dickory Dock: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Hickory Dickory Dock: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Hercule Poirot doesn’t need all his detective skillsto realize something is troubling his secretary, MissLemon—she has made three mistakes in a simpleletter. It seems an outbreak of kleptomania at thestudent hostel in which her sister works isdistracting his usually efficient assistant.

Deciding that desperate times call for desperatemeasures, the

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Hercule Poirot doesn’t need all his detective skillsto realize something is troubling his secretary, MissLemon—she has made three mistakes in a simpleletter. It seems an outbreak of kleptomania at thestudent hostel in which her sister works isdistracting his usually efficient assistant.

Deciding that desperate times call for desperatemeasures, the great detective agrees to investigate.Unknown to Poirot, however, desperation isa motive he shares with a killer. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Fraser, who played Captain Hastings, the sidekick for arch Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the PBS Mysteryseries, now performs the entire cast in Christie's 1955 mystery. Fraser's Poirot is derivative of the stellar performance of the series' star, David Suchet; nevertheless, Fraser gives Christie's work his own imprimatur. Poirot is absent much of the time in this tale of kleptomania, malice and murder set at a boarding house for students. Add to the mix a number of students from England, a temperamental Greek landlady and an Italian house staff, and one must conclude that Fraser is some sort of magician to keep all the players sorted out as they converge in the common room. Not to be missed among the clamoring voices is Christie's narrative, from which Fraser manages to wring every wry drop. The producers at the Mystery Masters division of the Audio Partners were smart to hire Fraser to record this classic, and listeners will find it a delightful romp that passes all too quickly. (Dec.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062124036
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series , #30
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
64,995
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Hickory Dickory Dock 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A list of missing items and a quick series of murders sets the tone for this Agatha Christie Novel. A good book for rainy day reading.
kpet More than 1 year ago
A classic Poiret tale, Hickory Dickoty Dock takes place in a student hostel. Interesting characters, good plot, and character info for fans and new readers alike. Keeps you guessing until the end. I am a great fan of Agatha Christie, and recommend her books highly. This would be a GREAT book club book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the character descriptions are dated, stereotypes made me uncomfortable. The essential plot, however, is a great puzzle.
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Got it
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Answered #5
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This book was also kind of funny too, thanks to Nigel Chapman, the sardonic misanthrope and one of my favorite characters throughout the novel! This book is most certainly a must-read and I highly recommend it. Well done, Agatha Christie! :}) (that weird emoticon I just failed at is a sorry attempt at making a Poirot face)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Odd things are being taken from the youth hostel where Ms.Lemond's sister work. Ms. Lemond goes to Poirot and surpringly he takes the case not because the items are of great value but because they are petty items.But poirot believes that things at the hostel may turn deadly and his belief comes true when a student commits suicide or was it murder ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
But the motive behind the murders is interesting and realistic. It starts as an extravagant plot with theft of unusual things. I particularly liked christie's descriptions about the african and indian people in the book. The hall mark of the book is taht every time you suspect a person, he or she is killed. In fact, every murder is of a 'she'! I may sound a bit immodest, but i could guess the hammy act in the third murder. But the murderer is a very ingenious person gone astray and only the services of the super ingenious H.Poirot could get Ms. Hubbard relieved of her anxiety over the apparently innocuous missing things in a foreign student's hostel where she is a sort of a matron. She happens to be the sister of Ms. Lemon Poirots's secretary. I would recommend all A.C fans to read Cat Among Pigeons which is an identical subject though honestly between the two Hickory ...scores over. But the title is not so suitable except that the hostel is at 26 HIckory road. The Book takes a serious turn after green ink is spilled over someone's precious notes.The rest you must read and find out..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again Agatha has hit on the most surprising of storylines and motives. The suspense was plentiful and the final solution unexpected. Poirot excelled in this book as he always does. Another really good one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book put Agatha Christie as not only a mystery writer but also a quality writer. The first chapter on Miss Lemon is of absolute good characterization. Agatha Christie's description of the world of young people is most accurate. The plot is just as complex in Hickory and just when you think who the murderer is, another person is accused. A simple case of theft turned into 3 murders. One of Christie's best work.
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