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The Patriotic Murders (original 1940; edition 1940)

by Agatha Christie

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

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

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This is a great Christie mystery though there are too many coincidences.
Poirot is in top form. ( )
  rosiezbanks | Nov 6, 2014 |
A low-end effort from Dane Agatha: unconvincing red herrings, no likable characters, and B-movie spy stuff. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | Oct 14, 2014 |
This is definitely one of Christie's more entertaining mysteries. Poirot's dentist winds up dead shortly after the great detective's visit. This is followed by the death of a Greek aristocrat and an unidentified woman, all of whom visited the dentist that day. We add to this a whiff of communist conspiracy and a banking magnate whose life is in danger. Poirot has to chase down multiple murders and multiple unclear identities. I figured out the culprit, but not the how or the why. As the best mysteries do, this one kept me riveted, and had numerous twists and turns. One of Christie's best. ( )
  lahochstetler | Feb 24, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this and even though the conclusion was extremely far-fetched (and I'd more or les guessed the motive), I was pleasantly surprised by the moral dilemna Poirot faces at the very end. Interesting novel, shame it's not more well-known. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
One can't go too wrong with Agatha Christie. Not her most memorable, but enjoyable enough. ( )
  emanate28 | Oct 14, 2013 |
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Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary 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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