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The Patriotic Murders (1940) (original 1940; edition 1940)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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Title:The Patriotic Murders (1940)
Authors:Agatha Christie (Author)
Info:Bantam Books (1986) Hardcover
Collections:Your library, Mystery, Favorites
Rating:****
Tags:classic British, detective, Hercule Poirot, mystery, England, 12, Golden Age, Winks Favorites

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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie (1940)

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Another entirely enjoyable entry in the Poirot series. So many red herrings, as always, and an unguessable mystery, again as usual. ( )
  electrascaife | May 10, 2017 |
Book on CD read by Hugh Fraser.

Even Hercule Poirot hates to go to the dentist, but a toothache requires attention, so he visits Dr Morley’s offices. A few hours after leaving, he is called back to the dentist’s surgery – to examine the body of the dentist, an apparent suicide. But as Poirot begins to interview the other patients who also visited the dentist that same morning, he finds more questions than answers.

Christie always delivers a well-constructed plot, with plenty of red herrings to keep the reader guessing. While I did catch on to a few of the tricks, I didn’t figure out the real culprit until Poirot revealed the answer. Bravo!

Hugh Fraser does a fine job performing the audio. He plays Hastings in the BBC series, but he’s definitely up to the task of voicing Hercule Poirot and the many other characters. ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 30, 2017 |
The dentist is found dead in his offices after M. Poirot leaves the office..... Suicide or murder?

M. Poirot knows who was in the waiting room, he knows who he saw leaving & arriving.....

One waiting was a very important government finance minister, that many would like out of the way. Is it possible he was the intended victim?

Or did the dentist really kill himself in chagrin for the one who was poisoned by Novocaine?

One arriving, loses a buckle on her shoe (which M. Poirot gallantly retrieves) and is later found dead in a fur trunk with her face bashed in....

Interesting, but I hadn't a clue. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 8, 2017 |
A delightful trio of novels, very much in the Georgette Heyer style. If you are tired of foul language, sex in every page and evil characters, this is the author for you. Highly recommended. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
One,Two, Buckle My Shoe - Christie
Audio performance by Hugh Fraser
3 stars

Poirot does not enjoy his visits to the dentist. He is not alone. But who disliked the charming Dr. Morley enough to kill him? There’s a long list of suspects and an excess of red herrings. The story is set in the late 1930’s with overtones of Oswald Mosley’s fascist movement. Christie includes not one, but two, young women with politically incorrect and potentially abusive boyfriends. In fact, the entire mystery seems to revolve around women who fall for the wrong kind of man. Poirot does uncover the murderer, but Christie leaves the young women to suffer the consequences of poor decision making.

I thought this one was a bit over plotted; too many extraneous details and characters. Christie was inserting her own political agenda; a distaste for the extremes of both the far right and the far left. But, as usual I enjoyed Hugh Fraser. ( )
  msjudy | Nov 1, 2016 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arnold, SophieActresssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colchester, DominicActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Devereaux, MatthewActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franks, PhilipActorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One, two, buckle my shoe,
Three, four, shut the door,
Five, six, pick up sticks,
Seven, eight, lay them straight,
Nine, ten, a good fat hen,
Eleven, twelve, men must delve,
Thirteen, fourteen, Maids are courting,
Fifteen, sixteen, Maids in the kitchen,
Seventeen, eighteen, Maid in waiting,
Nineteen, twenty, my plate's empty....
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To Dorothy North
who likes detective stories and cream,
in the hope it may make up to her for
the absence of the latter!
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Mr. Morley was not in the best of tempers at breakfast.
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Hercule Poirot said to himself, with astonishment in the thought, "Is it possible that I am growing old?"
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aka An Overdose of Death / The Patriotic Murders
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It was shortly after 12:30 appointment that Dr. Morley was found with a bullet through his right temple. the gun was on the floor beside him. The authorities were satisfied that the amiable old dentist had shot himself. Hercule Poirot was not. But who could have murdered him? One of Dr. Morley's glamorous patients? His hard-drinking partner? His secretary's disgruntled boyfriend? All Poirot has is a hung, too many clues, and a killer who will not be satisfied with only one victim.
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Japp led the way down the passage and Poirot followed him. His nose wrinkled.
"Not nice," said Japp. "But what can you expect? She's been well over a month."
The room they went into was a small lumber and box room. in the middle of it was a big metal chest of the kind used for storing furs. the lie was open.
Poirot stepped forward and looked inside
He saw the foot first...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425105709, Mass Market Paperback)

Hercule Poirot doesn't believe it when a dentist allegedly commits suicide--especially after drilling the doctor's patients, partners, and friends.

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Hercule Poirot doesn't believe the amiable old dentist shot himself. He has too many clues and a killer who is not satisified with one victim.

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