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Agatha Christie: Hickory Dickory Dock Paperback – 1983
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The characters are all colorful, and you felt like you were right there watching and listening to what was doing on. When Miss Lemon's sister Mrs. Hubbard was in a stressful situation at a Hotsel she had just got ,her job was managing the daily operations of meals and supplies that would be needed to keep the students that rent their rooms.
What a collage of students that lived there. And the woman that owned the houses,Mrs. Nicoletis it was two made into one big house with two house numbers. One side for the boys and the other for the girls , but one big common room downstairs for both to do homework and had meals together and socialize with each other they were not allowed in each other's bedrooms.
There was stealing and murder going on in those two houses and M Poriot was called in to help solve the mysterious things going on. It is so much you would stay up late trying to find a spot to stop.
You won't be disappointed.
The Plot: Miss Lemon, the picky secretary of Poirot, makes three mistakes while typing for her master. She is upset because her sister Mrs. Hubbard reports thefts occurring at the youth hostel where she is employed. Poirot investigates the thefts. A young lady named Celia Austin confesses to the crimes but is soon found dead. It is thought she committed suicide but Poirot believes it was murder most foul. She died with a drug taken from St.
Catherine's Hospital where Celia was employed. There is a large cast of suspects consisting of the persons who live at the hostel. One of the most prominent is Nigel Chapman who reports Celia as being a kleptomaniac. Strange clues such as electric lights which were turned off on the premises, fake British passports and green ink spilled on a letter are important in the solving of the complex case. There are three murders in the short 217 page novel!
The book has several faults:
a. There are too many characters to keep track of in this short book.
b. The characters personalities do not register in the reader's mind. They are chess pieces moved across the mystery board by Christie.
c. Poirot's abilities are not challenged as in his great cases. This case is often boring!
Give Dame Agatha a "C" for this one!
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This is supposed to be a Hercule Poirot novel, but the Belgian is rarely featured. Yet miraculously he solves the crime.Read more