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Hickory Dickory Dock: A Hercule Poirot Novel (original 1955; edition 2000)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Hickory Dickory Dock: A Hercule Poirot Novel
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Berkley (2000), Edition: 17th THUS, Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, mystery, London, detective, Poirot, boarding house

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Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie (1955)

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    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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I found this book to be very interesting, the characters were an odd lot, most all with something to hide...

The story begins w/ Miss Lemon (M. Poirot's most perfect secretary) handing M. Poirot a letter w/ 3 mistakes in it.

Miss Lemon is upset as her sister, who manages a
group of (mostly) students living in a boarding house, is in a quandary as to what to do about various people's belongings gone missing.....

Miss Lemon asks M. Poirot to meet with her sister to discover who the thief is... but as soon as the thief reveals herself & her motives she is murdered...

Although I didn't feel much for the characters, I didn't dislike them either....

What I did notice was the prejudice with which Christie painted the foreign students...... but it wasn't as blatant as in other of her books. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 8, 2017 |
Very good fun but not one of her best. Two crucial parts of the solution seem to be simply intuited by Poirot out of nowhere - he never explains what led him to work out those two particular things, which weakens the denouement. But a very enjoyable read nonetheless. ( )
  Hanneri | Jan 7, 2017 |
As I posted yesterday, I picked up a pair of Dame Agatha's Poirot novels over the weekend. I read and reviewed The Clocks first, which I found quite underwhelming.

In my view, Hickory Dickory Dock (in spite of the moderately silly title) was a more entertaining book. It still doesn't rise to the level of her best, but it was engaging enough that I read it in a two hour sitting before bed.

It is a bit of a blood bath, with two three separate murders happening during the book's time span. For a Christie novel, as well, the characterizations had a surprising depth. She moved beyond her traditional "bright young thing" characterizations and gave the young people conflicting, deeper, and occasionally more sinister, motivations. Miss Lemon's sister, as well, was a delight.

The murderer is a nasty piece of work, as are many of the murderers depicted in the golden age mysteries. The authors - Christie, Sayers, Allingham - wrap their stories in English coziness and gentility, so the baseness and brutality of the murderers is often understated. The pursuit of justice, or even retribution, seems to contribute little to the motivations of the investigators or the witnesses.

3 1/2 stars. ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
One of the first Agathat Christie books I read. Loved it!! ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
Hercule Poirot goes to a youth hostel to investigate a series of small thefts. He quickly determines who the culprit is, she apologizes and either returns the items or makes restitution. But the next morning she is dead – an apparent suicide. Or … was it murder?

As is typical of a Poirot mystery, there are plenty of suspects what with all the students and young people living in the rooming house. The police investigate, but it will be Poirot who solves the crimes. Christie throws in a few false leads and keeps the reader guessing. The 1950s setting is a bit dated, especially the expressed attitudes towards “the coloreds.” It’s an entertaining cozy mystery, but not her best work.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425175464, Mass Market Paperback)

Poirot investigates a culprit who has curiously swiped a stethoscope, a tube of lipstick, and a cookbook.

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Detective Hercule Poirot decides that a purported suicide was really a murder, but before he can act more murders are committed.

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