Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot Series)

Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot Series)

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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 of kleptomania paves the way to murder.

Hercule Poirot doesn’t need all his detective skills to realize 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. . . .


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007211029
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 08/15/2005
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description: Unabridged

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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Hickory Dickory Dock 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
kpet More than 1 year ago
A classic Poiret tale, Hickory Dickoty Dock takes place in a student hostel. Interesting characters, good plot, and character info for fans and new readers alike. Keeps you guessing until the end. I am a great fan of Agatha Christie, and recommend her books highly. This would be a GREAT book club book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A list of missing items and a quick series of murders sets the tone for this Agatha Christie Novel. A good book for rainy day reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was also kind of funny too, thanks to Nigel Chapman, the sardonic misanthrope and one of my favorite characters throughout the novel! This book is most certainly a must-read and I highly recommend it. Well done, Agatha Christie! :}) (that weird emoticon I just failed at is a sorry attempt at making a Poirot face)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Odd things are being taken from the youth hostel where Ms.Lemond's sister work. Ms. Lemond goes to Poirot and surpringly he takes the case not because the items are of great value but because they are petty items.But poirot believes that things at the hostel may turn deadly and his belief comes true when a student commits suicide or was it murder ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book put Agatha Christie as not only a mystery writer but also a quality writer. The first chapter on Miss Lemon is of absolute good characterization. Agatha Christie's description of the world of young people is most accurate. The plot is just as complex in Hickory and just when you think who the murderer is, another person is accused. A simple case of theft turned into 3 murders. One of Christie's best work.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just reread this one. Poirot's efficient secretary Miss Lemon makes three typing mistakes one day. He is deeply puzzled. It turns out she is worried about her sister who runs a boarding house for students. A series of thefts and malicious mischief have upset the routine of the house. Poirot agrees to look into the matter. He is able to clear up some of the thefts almost at once. A young lady has taken things to attract the attention of a psychologically-minded young man. But then the girl is murdered. Something much more sinister is at work behind the scenes.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poirot solves another murder; quelle suprise! No matter how many times it happens, Christie always manages to deliver an entertaining book with style you expect from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Except for the numerous typos and substandard editing, Agatha Christie is absolutely the best!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
But the motive behind the murders is interesting and realistic. It starts as an extravagant plot with theft of unusual things. I particularly liked christie's descriptions about the african and indian people in the book. The hall mark of the book is taht every time you suspect a person, he or she is killed. In fact, every murder is of a 'she'! I may sound a bit immodest, but i could guess the hammy act in the third murder. But the murderer is a very ingenious person gone astray and only the services of the super ingenious H.Poirot could get Ms. Hubbard relieved of her anxiety over the apparently innocuous missing things in a foreign student's hostel where she is a sort of a matron. She happens to be the sister of Ms. Lemon Poirots's secretary. I would recommend all A.C fans to read Cat Among Pigeons which is an identical subject though honestly between the two Hickory ...scores over. But the title is not so suitable except that the hostel is at 26 HIckory road. The Book takes a serious turn after green ink is spilled over someone's precious notes.The rest you must read and find out..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again Agatha has hit on the most surprising of storylines and motives. The suspense was plentiful and the final solution unexpected. Poirot excelled in this book as he always does. Another really good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the character descriptions are dated, stereotypes made me uncomfortable. The essential plot, however, is a great puzzle.
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Got it