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Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot, #32) An Outbreak Of Kleptomania At A Student Hostel Was Not Normally The Sort Of Crime That Aroused Hercule Poirot S Interest But Then He Saw The List Of Stolen And Vandalized Items A Stethoscope, Some Old Flannel Trousers, A Box Of Chocolates, A Slashed Rucksack, And A Diamond Ring Found In A Bowl Of Soup He Congratulated The Warden, Mrs Hubbard, On A Unique And Beautiful Problem The List Made Absolutely No Sense At All But, Reasoned Poirot, If This Was Merely A Petty Thief At Work, Why Was Everyone At The Hostel So Frightened


About the Author: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is t Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande



10 thoughts on “Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot, #32)

  1. says:

    Why the hell doesn t Goodreads have a galaxy instead of just 5 stars rating system for books that just make you go


  2. says:

    3.5 I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problem Again Poirot shows how clever he is, this time because his perfect secretary starts getting typing errors It s amusing how he is half in awe of her, half in fear of her Set in a hostel with a mixed group, this intriguing story wasn t like other mysteries by her that I ve read He s called in because of a bizarre list of items stolen, but murder comes across eventually.Set in a hostel with a mixed group, characters become m 3.5 I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problem Again Poirot shows how clever he is, this time because his perfect secretary starts getting typing errors It s amusing how he is half in awe of her, half in fear of her Set in a hostel with a mixed group, this intriguing story wasn t like other mysteries by her that I ve read He s called in because of a bizarre list of items stolen, but murder comes across eventually.Set in a hostel with a mixed group, characters becomeindividualized that some of her other works As usual there are jabs at various groups of people the paranoia of the Americans tickled me, actually pretty true , and ther...


  3. says:

    A bunch of boarders, mostly students and young folk, get into a bit of mischief which turns out to bethan just a bit of mischief Hickory Dickory Dock was published in the latter half of Agatha Christie s career It s also one of the later Poirot books As such, it does feel a bitmature in the characterization and such But what the hell do I know I m no Christie scholar I ve only read a few of her many books This is yet another one that has me wanting to r...


  4. says:

    Hercule Poirot frowned Miss Lemon, he said Yes, M Poirot There are three mistakes in this letter His voice held incredulity For Miss Lemon, that hideous and efficient woman, never made mistakes She was never ill, never tired, never upset, never inaccurate For all practical purposes, that is to say, she was not a woman at all She was a machine the perfect secretary She knew everything, she coped with everything She ran Hercule Poirot s life for him, so that it, too, functioned lik Hercule Poirot frowned Miss Lemon, he said Yes, M Poirot There are three mistakes in this letter His voice held incredulity For Miss Lemon, that hideous and efficient woman, never made mistakes She was never ill, never tired, never upset, never inaccurate For all practical purposes, that is to say, she was not a woman at all She was a machine the perfect secretary She knew everything, she coped with everything She ran Hercule Poirot s life for him, so that it, too, functioned like a machine.Order and method had been Hercul...


  5. says:

    I spit upon the murder Mrs Nicoletti They are stupid about love, these girls as if love mattered Mrs NicolettiHickory Dickory Dock is one of Christie s novels with a nursery rhyme title, though there is little to no connection There is a Mrs Hubbard like the one with a cupboard , but again, this is just Christie being cute I certainly did read this half my life ago and probably enjoyed itthen than I did this time, in the context of having read the previous 29 Poirot novels This i I spit upon the murder Mrs Nicoletti They are stupid about love, these girls as if love mattered Mrs NicolettiHickory Dickory Dock is one of Christie s novels with a nursery rhyme title, though there is little to no connection There is a Mrs Hubbard like the one with a cupboard , but again, this is just Christie being cute I certainly did read this half my life ago and probably enjoyed itthen than I did this time, in the context of having read the previous 29 Poirot novels This isn t one of his best ones, but it is remarkable in that it is one of the rar...


  6. says:

    Buddy Read with Murugesh.I congratulate you, he said warmly to the latter,She looked startled But why, M Poirot I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problemSo the book is set in a boarding house where students of different ethnicity reside and then things start to go missing Looks like a simple case of theft among struggling students but will it turn out to be somethingWhy would Poirot be interested in such a base caseBut things are never as simple as w Buddy Read with Murugesh.I congratulate you, he said warmly to the latter,She looked startled But why, M Poirot I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problemSo the book is set in a boarding house where students of different ethnicity reside and then things start to go missing Looks like a simple case of theft among struggling students but will it turn out to be somethingWhy would Poirot be interested in such a base caseBut things are never as simple as we believe it to be especially in Christie s book.The story did start out well and has all the elements of a great Poirot book but frankly I did not like the ending as much as I would have liked to like it if that makes any sense.The culprit and the method was all fine, what jarred me was the motive I really did not dig it It was just such a contrast to what I want in my cozy mystery There were many characters in the book that lived in the boarding house who were put in just to have a wide rang...


  7. says:

    First off I do understand the criticism aimed at this book There are too many characters for such a short book and as such hardly any of them are fleshed out Also Poirot plays a relatively minor role and a lot of the interrogations are actually carried out by his inspector friend although it is Poirot who finally pieces everything together SPOILER ALERT What made this book stand out for me though was the final revelation of the villain I find that so many detective stories try to shock First off I do understand the criticism aimed at this book There are too many characters for such a short book and as such hardly any of them are fleshed out Also Poirot plays a relatively minor role and a lot of the interrogations are actually carried out by his inspector friend although it is Poirot who finally pieces everything together SPOILER ALERT What made this book stand out for me though was the final revelation of the villain I find that so many detective stories try to shock the reader that it s got to the point where I instantly suspect the people the author obviously doesn t want me to suspect The little boy, the innocent damsel, the poor disfigured man, the narrator himself, sometimes even the detective himself I usually discount the initial primary suspect as the murderer from the start So it came as quite a refreshing surprise to me when...


  8. says:

    The intrigue was really good I never guessed who had done it till the end Full marks for that I just found the characters very stereotyped It might have been the fact that the author was creating foreign characters They just sounded very fake to me.


  9. says:

    Another great mystery by the Queen of Crime Loved listening to this on audiobook, even though the narrator kind of sounded like he had a cold


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