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Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot #30)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,842 Ratings  ·  376 Reviews
Miss Lemon is the perfect secretary. She runs Hercule Poirot's life so that order and method rule supreme. Then one morning she presents a freshly typed letter to Poirot and he finds three mistakes. He knows that something is seriously wrong...
Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 7th 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1955)
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Feb 18, 2013 Sirking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).


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
Jul 08, 2015 Lotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Oct 29, 2015 O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had that rhyme in my head since last night. I want to smother myself to just make it stop at this point.

I also somehow saw the television adaption of this story a few months ago, I now remember why I turned it off. They kept playing a slow sung ballad to the nursery rhyme throughout the entire show.

So we have Poirot firmly in the 1950s in England. This is a post WWII England and now the books feel different in a way that they have not in the earlier ones. There is no more separation bet
Moonlight Reader
As I posted yesterday, I picked up a pair of Dame Agatha's Poirot novels over the weekend. I read and reviewed The Clocks first, which I found quite underwhelming.

In my view, Hickory Dickory Dock (in spite of the moderately silly title) was a more entertaining book. It still doesn't rise to the level of her best, but it was engaging enough that I read it in a two hour sitting before bed.

It is a bit of a blood bath, with two three separate murders happening during the book's time span. For a Chri
Apr 20, 2008 Guy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Beautifully written, as are almost all of Agatha Christie's mysteries (with thus far in my reading experience the notable exception of "The Big Four" which seems as if it was written by Christie's 12-year-old nephew :-), this is however not one of her best works. The principal problems are the plethora of at times clumsily handled characters, and a crucial unexplained plot flaw.

The characters first: there are a lot of them, but then the setting is a student rooming house, so this is understandab
Dec 01, 2014 Pınar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Herkesten şüphe ettirdin ya pes! Bir Agatha Christie daha gelmez arkadaş.
Dec 30, 2015 Meriana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sebagai pembaca baru serial Agatha Christie, buku ini merupakan yg terburuk yg pernah saya baca. Pembuka cerita yg datar, kasus kompleks yg menarik tapi ditutup dengan datar dan tidak jelas-benar2 tidak dijelaskan dengan detail seperti biasanya dan berkesan tergesa2- pula, penjelasan yg melompat-lompat, serta motif yg kurang jelas.

Untuk edisi terjemahan Indonesia cetakan kelima ini, dibonusi dengan banyaknya typo dan beberapa kesalahan tanda baca yg menjengkelkan. Saya sampai nggak percaya kalau
Aug 07, 2010 Meave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd have given it one star for excessive racism AND the nursery rhyme title whose connection to the story was tenuous enough that she could've just renamed it, but she did let one "Asiatic" guy yell at all the Britons something like "You ask why is the Mau Mau? You ask why does Egypt resent the Suez Canal?" AND she lets Poirot make a nice point about how his being foreign to English people doesn't make all other non-English people familiar to him.

Nonetheless: The inoffensive African guy talks al
Oct 20, 2011 Merryoomee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hmm... to start lets say that the plot was very good for an ingenious crime or a great ending. But the amount of characters were very much and to give justice to each was not possible(i guess). Although the characterization was a bit up and down, the plot as i say was very interesting. The title doesnt relate to the story,she could have kept a more relating title (not possible anyway now!).
Anyways its an enjoyable read, and the main culprit was so cruel as he killed the person who loved him and
Tami (synchro from BL)
Great crime book. Hercule Poirot is involved in a little mystery through his secretary's sister.
It all looks quite harmless, if a bit mischievious, in the beginning.

And then the bodies start to drop :-)

I just love the writing - the way the reader is invited to solve the crime along with M. Poirot.

Sophie Hannah
V good fun but not one of her best. Two crucial parts of the solution seem to be simply intuited by Poirot out of nowhere - he never explains what led him to work out those two particular things, which weakens the denouement. But a v enjoyable read nonetheless.
Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a rash of theft and vandalism at a boarding house for students and young workers. The items involved seem random - a diamond ring, a scarf, a backpack, light bulbs, eye wash, etc.- but Poirot suspects a sinister motive may underlie the incidents. When Poirot threatens to call in the cops a young 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 ar ...more
Indrani Sen
Nov 27, 2015 Indrani Sen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk
A lovely book as usual. When the mind is heavy, nothing like going in to Agatha Christie world to forget the real life troubles for a while.
Brent Soderstrum
I have made it a mission to read all Hercule Poirot novels. This one is not one of Christie's better books. I did enjoy how Hercule didn't even know his secretary's first name (Felicity) since he called her "Miss Lemon" all the time. Not sure if this was a sign of the 50s, an English thing or just who Hercule is.

In this story, Miss Lemon makes some typing errors and she never makes typing errors. She is clearly upset about something. Hercule inquires and her sister, who works at a hostel, is hav
Rob Smith
Jun 27, 2014 Rob Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
'Hickory Dickory Death' is a nice mystery with a slew of suspects, but a suspect plot. Hercule Poirot rather stumbles into what seems to be a mere issue of theft until turning into murder. His involvement seems a bit of a stretch to begin with, but as the story goes the narrative seems less Poirot and more the authorities as if Poirot seemed more interested in the theft than the deaths.

There area long string of suspects that Christie does her best to discern, but still seems a bit too similar a
Mar 21, 2015 Barkha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review for TG- 6

This book was set in a students' hostel. So, for a change, you got to see young people in an Agatha Christie novel, which you usually don't. I was very curious to see how she depicts them, what they were like in that time, etc. They turned out to be typical young people, caught up in their love affairs and their petty spites.

However much trivial these issues may seem on the outside, they are of great importance to the individual facing them. So they become significant for t
Cleo Bannister
Jul 19, 2014 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, crime-series
Hickory Dickory Dock was first published in the UK in 1955 and was the first full length story to feature Hercule Poirot's ultra-efficient secretary Miss Felicity Lemon, although she had previously appeared in some of short stories featuring the Belgium detective.

When Miss Lemon makes an uncharacteristic mistake, or three, in a letter Poirot realises that something is amiss with his usually precise secretary. His questioning leads him to discover that Felicity Lemon has a life outside her work,
Miss Lemon really comes to life in this book, admittedly she could have played a greater role but the opening scene completely endeared me to the novel and perhaps I was willing to overlook things that I was less fond of because of that. The opening chapter is the high point of this mystery, the characterisation and use of language is just superb - very comic.

That said I wasn't 100% head-over-heels in love with this book. Too many characters were introduced and then never mentioned again or not
Apr 10, 2012 GSGS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book cost me $2 at a country market... not bad, really. Nearly a cent per page. It did smell suspicious but hey, I won't complain.

"What are you doing, Poirot?"
"I dissect rucksacks. It is very interesting."

I love Christie's subtle humour. It makes me laugh, every time.

Square crumpets. LOL.

Anyway. This book was quite interesting, although I did feel, as I feel with many of her books, that there were so many characters. I understand why, if there were only two then it'd be pretty damn obvio
Colin Mitchell
Not one of the better Poirot novels. A student lodging house with the housekeeper, the sister of Poirot's secretary, Miss Lemon. Numerous petty thefts and damage are causing concern and Poirot becomes involved and they inevitably lead to murder, Inspector Sharpe appears to have unearthed all the clues while Poirot lurks until the very end. A good few twists as the book nears a conclusion saved the book from being a 2 star.
Jan 15, 2016 Swathi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christie
Christie does it again. Though the plot isn't very intricate like a few of her others , this had a brilliant question out before us . A theft at a hostel of very valuable and seemingly useless cheap stuffs followed by three murders ! And I was shocked to know that Miss Lemon has a sister !!! And she is Poirot's client this time ...

The possible suspects are the students and Miss Lemon's sister. Each one of them had the opportunity to commit the crime. But the motive brings the murderer to Justice
Book Concierge
Hercule Poirot goes to a youth hostel to investigate a series of small thefts. He quickly determines who the culprit is, she apologizes and either returns the items or makes restitution. But the next morning she is dead – an apparent suicide. Or … was it murder?

As is typical of a Poirot mystery, there are plenty of suspects what with all the students and young people living in the rooming house. The police investigate, but it will be Poirot who solves the crimes. Christie throws in a few false
Christine Keleny
Jan 07, 2016 Christine Keleny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't need an excuse to read or listen to Agatha; she's one of my favs!

Stats: Audio book is 5 discs, 6' 4", print book is 196 pages. First published in 1955, audio book done in 2006

Blurb: (Goodreads)
Normally, a mere outbreak of petty thefts in a youth hostel wouldn't be enough to interest the great detective Hercule Poirot. However, the warden of the hostel is sister to Poirot's secretary Miss Lemon, and concern for her sister is interfering with Miss Lemon's typing abilities. Poirot finds him
Aug 30, 2015 Rofi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
suka banget sama papa poirot di novel ini.
akhirnya juga kita bakalan tahu sisi-sisi dari miss lemon yang baru.

ceritanya miss lemon yang sangat efektif dan efisien membuat kesalahan saat bikin surat. tentu saja poirot heran. setelah diusut miss lemon sedang mengkhawatirkan adiknya yang bekerja dipondokan mahasiswa. disana sedang terjadi kasus pencurian. herannya, barang yang dicuri seperti: sepatu yang hanya sebelah, gelang, cincin, kotak bedak, lipstik, giwang, stetoskpo, bubuk boraks, garam man
Mar 29, 2015 Namrata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans, Poirot fans, benign mystery fans
There's nothing like an Agatha Christie to keep you busy on a rainy evening. That, and a hot mug of coffee of course. This is the ultimate reader cliche but I am guilty of succumbing to it today to finish this book. All the allegations against Christie's narrative style are true - most prominently her deceptive story-telling technique. But reading this one a second time was fun.

I read this book when I was a rather immature and un-worldly 15-year old. Back then, I did not get any of the caricatur
P S Karr
May 02, 2014 P S Karr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Hickory Dickory Dock, as the name suggests, is part of Agatha Christie’s nursery rhyme mysteries, or mysteries that are based on a rhyme or song or poem. I reviewed a similar one, And Then There Were None, earlier in the series. At the time of its release, Hickory Dickory Dock did not have a very warm reception. Inspite of being a Hercule Poirot mystery, it lacked punch. And the nursery rhyme in the title had hardly any connection to the mystery itself.

Miss Lemon, Poirot’s efficient secretary, s
Saya sangat tertarik sama sinopsis di belakangnya. Bagaimana ya, rasanya menarik saja. Selain daripada karena setting-nya, yaitu pondokan mahasiswa (di tahun 1950-an) juga karena kasusnya terdengar sedikit di luar kasus-kasus yang ditangani Poirot.

Well, hanya saja pandangan saya berubah ketika terjadi pembunuhan pertama. Wah, ini mah tidak heran jika Poirot muncul. Haha.

Saya cukup curiga sama beberapa tokoh, tapi saya sama sekali tidak menyangka bahwa ada yang membantu si pelaku utama! Saya piki
Tim Evanson
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Raya Ka'abneh
Sep 28, 2015 Raya Ka'abneh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Real rating: 2.5

Hickory Dickory Dock (or Hickory Dickory Death) got off to a pretty solid start and, for about 2/3 of the novel, the investigation was moving along in classic Christie fashion. The ending, however, felt rushed. It was as if the author had gotten so caught up with inserting a stream of red herrings that she forgot to properly develop the finale. The "hidden crime" (or the larger scheme that the culprit was involved in) of the mystery is, of course, ingenious but requires larger-th
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“What are you doing, Poirot?"
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