Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot Series)

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What kind of thief would swipe a stethoscope, a tube of lipstick, and a cookbook? What kind of detective could find out why? Only a brilliant one like Hercule Poirot.

Miss Lemon is the perfect secretary. She runs Hercule Poirot's life so that order and method rule supreme. Then one morning, she presents to Poirot a freshly typed letter--containing three mistakes. And Poirot knows that something is terribly wrong . . . Previously ...

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Hickory Dickory Dock: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

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What kind of thief would swipe a stethoscope, a tube of lipstick, and a cookbook? What kind of detective could find out why? Only a brilliant one like Hercule Poirot.

Miss Lemon is the perfect secretary. She runs Hercule Poirot's life so that order and method rule supreme. Then one morning, she presents to Poirot a freshly typed letter--containing three mistakes. And Poirot knows that something is terribly wrong . . . Previously titled Hickory Dickory Death. Reissue.

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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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New York Times
“The Christie fan of longest standing, who thinks he knows every one of her tricks, will still be surprised by some of the twists here.”
Peter Robinson
“When it comes to fiendish plotting, there’s nobody to compare with Agatha Christie.”
Time Magazines Literary Supplement (London)
"The characters are as good as ever and there is plenty of entertainment."
Times Literary Supplement (London)
“The characters are as good as ever and there is plenty of entertainment.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425175460
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

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.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    GREAT MYSTERY

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Ash 璘

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    Posted March 26, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Eclipse/Silv

    Got it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Lightless and Outtie

    Easy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    ~$triking 囑

    Answered #5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    EPICALLY AWESOME! Full of suspense, mystery (naturally), and death!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Topaz

    Eh nm..u?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    One of Agatha's Best -Hickory Dickory Dock!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2003

    An excellent book!!!

    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 ?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2001

    Not an unpredictable one...

    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..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2000

    Full of Surprises!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    The writer in Agatha Christie

    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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