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“A swift course of unflagging suspense leads to a complete surprise.” (New York Times)

“This is major Christie.” (New York Herald Tribune)

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Even the great detective Hercule Poirot harbored a deep and abiding fear of the dentist, so it was with some trepidation that he arrived at the celebrated Dr. Morley’s surgery for a dental examination. But what neither of them knew was that only hours later Poirot would be back to examine the dentist, found dead in his own surgery.

Turning to the other patients for answers, Poirot finds other, darker, questions.…

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  • Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Book 22)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006207377X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073778
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 29, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a classic mystery, although not quite as shocking as some. The fact that the murderer put too many clues in the plot make the ending and denouement a twisty, spiraling set of events that may make you read it twice just to make sure you have it all.
It's a wonder that something so simple (a dentist's apparent suicide) could actually have so many motives behind it. There is a word of warning here: if you tend to like dark, dangerous criminals with suspicious pasts, don't read this. You might find yourself feeling a sort of empathy with the criminal, and may be rooting for Poirot to let him off the hook. Well, if I haven't said too much already, I will soon. So, so long and farewell. Do read this, though, when you're ready to sit down and concentrate on trite and complicated details.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Izzybessie on January 13, 2012
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This kindle version of One, Two, Buckle My Shoe does not have the last chapter. It could be that the book ends where this version stops, but in fact the book does not end there. If you want the ENTIRE book, this is not the product for you.

Also, however this version was created there are wrong word usages sprinkled throughout, so it isn't very well edited.

Otherwise, you can't go wrong with Agatha Christie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. De Sapio on September 29, 2006
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Among the subtlest and "deepest" of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot stories, ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE is a murder mystery that comments on the British class system. That the story is essentially about class is clear from the widely differing social stations of its cast of characters. Take, for example, the three victims: first, a respected dentist named Mr. Morley is found shot to death in his office; then one of Morley's patients, a wealthy Greek immigrant, dies while another patient, a nondescript charity worker with the "pompous" name of Mabelle Sainsbury Seale, vanishes. Hercule Poirot and Chief Inspector Japp must find the common link between these three occurrences. The matter is complicated further by the fact that Alistair Blunt, a financier who gained his status by marrying into an Anglo-Jewish banking family (one obviously based on the Rothschilds) was also a patient in Morley's office on the day of his death; Japp believes that Blunt himself was intended to be the victim. But for the ever-observant Poirot, the case really begins with something quite mundane: that is, a shoe...a woman's black patent leather shoe with a large, ornate buckle...

Also highly recommended, for those who have finished the novel: the superb made-for-TV version of ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE, starring David Suchet as Poirot and Philip Jackson as Japp, and available on DVD from Amazon.com.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on September 20, 2005
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ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE has not, I think, topped anyone's list of favorite Agatha Christies for many years. Re-reading it again after many years, it seems to me to share some similarities to CURTAIN, Poirot's last case. Both of them are sort of bloodless, intellectual thrillers that play with ideas in a modernist way. BUCKLE is all about the cult of the superman, in this case the sacred financier Alistair Blunt, the Bernard Baruch type moneymind whom Britain "needs" and whose wellbeing is necessary to prevent the collapse of the UK economy. The attitude of the police and the secret service is, He may have his peccadilloes, but by Jove we need him in this country. In CURTAIN, which must have been written about the same time, the superman takes a darker turn, he is the man who can inspire others to commit murder for him, by the power of suggestion, but anyone who finishes ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE will know why I linked these two books on this one point.

I was surprised and shocked by the ending. Only Poirot could have figured out all the ramifications of the case, as well as to pull out the identity of the killer's accomplice out of thin air. I don't feel that Christie was using "fair play" in this novel, but it is so baffling that I don't even care! I love reading about her tormented, independent young women who cab't stand their own lives and yearn for something better--in this case. Jane Oliveira, the financier's niece. I wonder if elements of this novel didn't find their way into Ben Hecht's screenplay for Hitchcock's film NOTORIOUS. It's all about how you live with yourself when you're doing something wrong if it is for the public good, or if you can persuade yourself that it is while you're committing the crime (or sin, to be moral about it).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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This book was the best Agatha Christie book I have ever read. The plot went from a simple, classic murder case to a twisting, complicated, interested situation that made you unable to put the book down! It was very cleverly done---how one thing led to another---things you'd never expect. This book was an overall very well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Buzalka on August 7, 2013
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One Two Buckle My Shoe (also published under the title The Patriotic Murders) begins with the murder of a dentist, no doubt a piece of vicarious wish fulfillment for some readers.

Although initially treated by the police as suicide, master detective Hercule Poirot, one of the dentist's last patients, has his suspicions from the beginning, and we eventually run through a cavalcade of suspects and red herrings before coming to a rather convoluted resolution to the mystery. But to me the most interesting thing about the book is not the Rube Goldberg solution but how the usually apolitical Agatha Christie gives us a glimpse of her politics, which seems to lean toward favoring conservative fiscal policy and established traditions over radical change to achieve some vision of social justice. Or at least that is what her hero Poirot seems to favor.

It's interesting to contrast Christie with contemporaries like George Orwell and John Steinbeck, who were very much in favor of radical change and made no bones about it. Curiously, Christie's "coming out" is almost anachronistic, since One Two Buckle My Shoe was published (and I assume written) after World War II was well underway in Europe, effectively ending the period of the 20s and 30s when the direction of domestic policy could be debated in England and elsewhere with no outside distractions. With the start of war, those arguments were put on the back burner as simple national survival became the overriding consideration. In fact, the book was first serialized in America and published in book form in England just as the Blitz was raining bombs on English cities and the threat of Nazi invasion from across the Channel was a very real possibility.
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