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Hickory Dickory Death by Agatha Christie
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Hickory Dickory Death (1955)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (32), Hercule Poirot (32)

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Hercule Poirot doesn't need all his detective skills to realise something is troubling his secretary, Miss Lemon - she has made three mistakes in a simple letter. It seems an outbreak of kleptomania at the student hostel in which her sister works is distracting his usually efficient assistant. Deciding that desperate times call for desperate measures, the great detective agrees to investigate. Unknown to Poirot, however, desperation is a motive he shares with a killer ...… (more)
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    Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: Just as Hickory Dickory Dock is set at a hostel for students, Cat among the Pigeons is set at a girls' school. Those who have enjoyed the ups and downs in the lives of the students living at the hostel in Hickory Dickory Dock, will also enjoy the atmosphere of carefree school days in Cat among the Pigeons.… (more)
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aka "Hickory Dickory Death" ( )
  phollis68 | Apr 9, 2019 |
Read in Slovenian under title Vija vaja ven. Standard Christie Poirot mystery, taking place in a student dormitory. Not much to say about it. ( )
  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
In which a rash of petty thefts at a student hostel mask greater crimes…

"Hickory Dickory Dock" is by no means a masterpiece, falling squarely into that camp of run-of-the mill Christie stories that she churned out during the middle of her career. The good: a thorough characterisation of Poirot himself (one of only a few novels in which Miss Lemon actually appears; she’s primarily confined to the short stories); an overly healthy dose of misdirection; and, most importantly, a cast of characters in which all of them seem like viable suspects.

The negatives: it’s one of those forcibly contrived novels in which a variety of criminals and people in disguise inhabit the same space; the eponymous nursery rhyme bears even less sense than usual (a painful element taken to extremes in the Suchet adaptation); and things feel far more routine than usual. The Suchet adaptation, similarly, plays well enough and holds the interest, but can’t help but feel like a by-the-numbers ‘murder mystery’, not aided by one of those “twenty years ago” opening scenes that lead the mind – consciously or otherwise – toward the denouement before it should arrive there.

Suitable for Christie fans, but probably not an eye-catcher for novices. The U.S. title became "Hickory Dickory Death", furthering my theory that the publishers just wanted a pulpy title for every release. The Italian title, moreover, was "Poirot si annoia", or "Poirot is Bored". I’m not surprised.

Poirot ranking: 28th out of 38 ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie is another fun detective story featuring Hercule Poirot. He is brought into this case when his formidable secretary, Miss Lemon, actually hands him a letter with three typing mistakes! When he questions her about what is bothering her, she tells him about her sister who is house mother at a student hostel where a series of thefts and acts of vandalism have been occurring.

Of course, these events eventually lead to a series of murders and before the book is through, Hercule Poirot has aided the police not only in revealing the murderer, but also in uncovering a smuggling ring. As is often the case in a Christie novel, there are plenty of suspicious characters and just about everyone has something to hide. Poirot and Inspector Sharpe must sift through the evidence and the testimony to put the pieces together. As always, I had some strong suspicions of my own but again like always, I was totally wrong. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 12, 2018 |
I’ve been slowly re-reading Agatha Christie when I come across her books in used bookstores or library sales; "Hickory Dickory Dock" came from the latter a few weeks ago. In it, Hercule Poirot is asked by his secretary to look into a problem at the youth hostel/boarding house that her sister is running: it seems one young person there has been stealing from the others. The items that are stolen are quite worthless, and there seems to be no sense to it. With Poirot recommending that the police be called in, a young woman confesses and offers to make amends, but she is found dead the very next day, an apparent suicide. However, having just become engaged and behaving in a supremely happy manner, no one can quite believe that story…. This was published in 1955 and it has all the earmarks of that era, including all the young female characters being called “girls” while the males are always “men” no matter their age, and some casual stereotyping of West Indian and African characters. The fact that there *are* West Indian and African characters in the book at all is quite amazing, however, given the period, and two of them at least provide substantial information at critical moments. So, a plus overall. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Apr 30, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, TomIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alves, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ambros, AleksandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beckman, PerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergström, SvenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brautigam,DonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eckardt, HansAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ehlers, JürgenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freitas, Lima deCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffini, Grazia MariaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Παπαδημητρ… ΆνναTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kelfkens, KeesCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
la Cour, TageTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laurel, FaithCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Le Houbie, MichielTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendel,Jean-MarcTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennanen, EilaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinto, Ivan NeryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riambau, EstebanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodrigues, Fernanda PintoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwarz, Martin MariaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seeberg, Axel S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tincani, MagdaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van de Berg, AlbertPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van Kasteren, LambertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock.

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