Hickory Dickory Dock has ratings and reviews. Idrissa said: Why the hell doesn’t Goodreads have a galaxy (instead of just 5 stars) rating syst. Hickory Dickory Dock. An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel was not normally the sort of crime that aroused Hercule Poirot’s interest. But when he saw . A most unusual series of crimes at a student hostel intrigues Inspector Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Hickory Dickory Dock, especially when a simple case.
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But then he saw the list of stolen and vandalized items: He congratulated the warden, Mrs. Hubbard, on a “unique and beautiful An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel was not normally the sort of crime that aroused Hercule Poirot’s interest.
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Hubbard, on a “unique and beautiful problem. But, reasoned Poirot, if this was merely a petty thief at work, why was everyone at the hostel so frightened? Audio CDpages. Published December 7th by AudioGO first published London, England United Kingdom. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hickory Dickory Dockplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Why the hell doesn’t Goodreads have a galaxy instead of just 5 stars rating dkck for books that just make you go.
View all 3 comments. It’s amusing how he is half in awe of her, half in fear of her.
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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. Set in a hostel with a mixed group, characters become more individualized 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 trueand there is the stigma of alcoholism hidden in there with one particular character. The christiie hostel owner, the straight-laced sister team, the young lovers scheming to win affections, all of the characters are well-done.
Poirot is still top dog, but he shares plenty of investigative time with another detective, which is kind of discouraging. Poirot twiddles his mustache more during the first half the book before the murder happens, then the police take over the playing field until the ending and actual reveal happens. Poirot isn’t even involved in most of vhristie interviewing.
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Apr 19, Barbara rated it liked it Shelves: In this 32nd book in the Hercule Poirot series, the detective investigates mysterious occurrences at a rooming house.
Like all Agatha Christie books, it can be read as a standalone. Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a rash of theft and vandalism at a boarding cheistie for students and young workers. The items involved seem random – a diamond ring, a scarf, a backpack, light bulbs, eye wash, etc. When Poirot threatens to call in In this 32nd book in the Hercule Poirot series, the detective investigates mysterious occurrences at a rooming house. When Poirot threatens to call in the cops a dckory woman, Celia Austin, confesses to some of the small thefts but claims innocence of the other incidents.
Pretty soon several people connected to the boarding house are dead and dickoy dark secrets start to come to light. To me this seemed like one of Agatha Christie’s less developed and more obvious plots with not quite chrsitie motivation for many of the characters.
Still, it was an entertaining light mystery. You can follow my reviews at https: As always, there is plenty of fantastic characterization, albeit a bit melodramatic in nature. I never mention enough how much I laugh at Poiriot’s loveable arrogance or raise an eyebrow at some of the political 3.
I never mention enough how much I laugh at Poiriot’s loveable arrogance or raise an eyebrow at some of the political and social issues that creep up in these books.
As this book was written in the ‘s, the big fear was Communism and several of the characters are implied to be card carrying members.
But really the most memorable scene in the book probably goes to one of the characters and her tirade against the British police calling them “pigs” and referring to them as the Gestapo, only to have her collection of brandy bottles revealed. Jul 09, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: A bunch of boarders, mostly students and young folk, get into a bit of mischief which turns out to be more than just a bit of mischief.
Hickory Dickory Dock was published in the latter half of Agatha Christie’s career. It’s also one of chhristie later Poirot books. As such, it does feel a bit more mature 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 read more of her work. In A bunch chdistie boarders, mostly students and young folk, get into a bit of mischief which turns out to be more than just a bit of mischief. In this tale of love, death and well, I’ll just say “more,” our usual hero Poirot, that diminutive man from Christtie, plays but a small role.
That was a disappointment, a disappointment made up for with a slightly more interesting police detective and a variant cast of crazy landlords, rather one-dimensional students and a couple multilayered individuals that had me bouncing back and forth between who I thought had “dunnit”. Maybe this isn’t Christie’s most memorable work, but it would be a credit to any mystery writer’s oeuvre.
View all 4 comments. Oct 18, BrokenTune rated it liked it Shelves: For Miss Lemon, that hideous and efficient woman, never made mistakes.
Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot, #32) by Agatha Christie
She was never ill, never hickofy, 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. She ran Hercule Poirot’s life for him, so that it, too, functioned like a machine.
Order and method had been Hercule Poirot’s watchwords from many years ago. With George, his perfect manservant, and Miss Lemon, his perfect secretary, order and method ruled supreme in his life. Now hivkory crumpets were baked square as well as round, he had nothing about which to complain. Have I missed these so far? Anyway, to the chrisstie Hickory Dickory Dock was a fun read, in atatha Miss Lemon gets some page time. The story is set in in London and Miss Lemon is worried about her sister and the strange goings on at the hostel where her sister works: Things have gone missing.
In order to return to a life of normalcy and perfection, Poirot offers to help Miss Lemon’s sister solve the mystery of the disappearing items. Hickory Hickoyr Dock is a great story to note the differences in Christie’s writing between the pre- and post-war periods. This story is set in the 50s, and the bright young things are now less decadent and more international.
The youth comes chriztie in Christie’s dialogues reasonably well, but the international aspect made me cringe. Let’s face it, despite her efforts, Christie just was not great at writing characters from non-English backgrounds. Still, it was fun watching Poirot solve this, even if sometimes you just want to kick Poirot in the shins. Hercule Poirot nodded understandingly.
It seemed to him appropriate that Miss Lemon’s sister should have spent most of her life in Singapore. That was what places like Singapore were for.
The sisters of women like Miss Lemon married men in business in Singapore, so that the Miss Lemons of this world could devote themselves with machine-like efficiency to their employers’ affairs and of course to the invention of filing systems in their moments of relaxations.
There is a Mrs. Hubbard like the one with a cupboardbut again, this is just Christie being cute. I certainly did read this half my life ago and probably enjoyed it more then than I did this time, in the context of having read the previous 29 Poirot novels.
Christie makes fun of people thinking people are Communists everywhere. Poirot also plays a relatively small role in this one, although he does assert his principal interrogational principle: We have an array of international students in co-ed housing, including an Indian, African, Jamaican, Egyptian, and so on.
I am not sure why she does this, really. Christie especially loves her poisons morphine overdose, in this one. But I thought this was, for Christie, on par.
Feb 18, Timothy Diacono rated it really liked it. First off I do understand the criticism aimed at this book.