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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (Hercule Poirot #22)

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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,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Harper (first published 1940)
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Nov 02, 2015 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I didn’t grow up on a healthy dose of Agatha Christie. My poison were Austen (so cliched! But apparently childhood me wasn’t too heavy on originality) and Sidney Sheldon. I loved Sheldon’s insane roundabout, amazing adventures with exotic and hardly-believable characters. My favourite was Tracy Whitney- the international thief who pulls off the most incredible heists, sometimes with a poodle, sometimes with a mud mask. I loved them so much that that even now when friends tell me that they have n

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Juliana Zapata
Dec 14, 2015 Juliana Zapata rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Es la primera vez que leo a la autora y la verdad es que por lo menos esta novela no es para nada mi tipo.

Me gusta la novela policíaca, pero la mezcla del suicido con un montón de política, no me gustó para nada. Y siendo más sincera, fue para mí inevitable comparar esta novela con Mr Mercedes de Stephen King (última novela policiaca que leí) y la diferencia es abismal, la forma en que me atrapó la historia de King, no lo logró esta historia ni por asomo.
Feb 07, 2016 Lelyana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2016

First read around 1986.

Thirty years already? OMFG !

Still amazing and really loved it!

There are certain humiliating moments in the lives of the greatest of men. It has been said that no man is a hero to his valet. To that may be added that few men are heroes to themselves at the moment of visiting their dentist.
Hercule Poirot was morbidly conscious of this fact.
He was a man who was accustomed to have a good opinion of himself. He was Hercule Poirot, superior in most ways to other men. But in this moment he was unable to feel superior in any way whatever. His morale was down to ze
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O crime central deste livro decorre num contexto pouco usual: o consultório de um dentista. De facto, pouco depois de Hercule Poirot ter sido atendido pelo Dr. Morley, este aparece morto naquilo que parece um suicídio mas que, como seria de esperar, é muito mais. Poirot, como é seu hábito, envolve-se na investigação e acrescenta-lhe todas as suas peculiares capacidades. Pouco depois, duas outras vítimas aparecem, pessoas que tinham também consulta marcada para essa manhã fatídica e, por isso, co ...more
Jul 10, 2013 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I adore Poirot but I have to say I found this one a little disappointing. It starts off with promise. A seemingly random death leaves our funny little Belgian dissatisfied. His little grey cells tell him something doesn't add up.

We then develop a bit of a mystery, more so than other Poirot tales and there's a sense the scope might be larger than the standard 'personal' tales. We have some interesting perspectives of communism and the pervading fear at change of the established British world orde
دائما عكس التوقعات
رائعة جدا يا أغاثا

كما العادة حاولت في هذه الرواية أن أخمن القاتل وكل تخميناتي كانت للأسف خاطئة

القصة هي قصة طبيب أسنان له سمعة طيبة يعثر عليه في عيادته مقتول
الحالة الرئيسية إنتحار ولكن هيراكول بواروا لا يراها كذلك وانما يراها جريمة قتل ذلك انه بالصدفة كان متواجدا هناك للمراجعة السنوية لطبيب الأسنان
وتتشابك الأحداث ويعثروا على ضحية أخرى وضحية ثالثة وكل هذه الجرائم ولا يُعْثر على القاتل

في البداية شككت بإمرأة وكنت متأكدة تماما أنها القاتلة
ولكن هذه المرأة تقتل
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Interesting? Meh. Realistic? A weaker "meh".
Apr 29, 2012 Lona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
في جميع رواياتها ترسم الرائعة أجاثا كريستي شخوص رواياتها بطريقة تجعلهم جميعاً مذنبين بنظرك ومهما حاولت أن تخمن من هو المذنب فسيكون في النهاية عكس توقعاتك تماماً، فعنصر المفاجأة في رواياتها حاضر بقوة

من الجميل الرجوع مرة أخرى لتذكر أيام طفولتي وبداية شغفي بالقراءة، فأجاثا كريستي إحدى هذه الذكريات الجميلة

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Oct 13, 2015 O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this book is Poirot heavy. After reading the previous books which were pretty light on Poirot, I thought this would be a welcome change. Too bad it wasn't. To this day The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express are the smartest Poirot books. I have not read one this year I think that tops those two books.

This entire book was just painful to get through. The big problem is that when Christie immerses readers into Poirot's thought process you get bored. You read about him stru
Jan 02, 2013 Tischelle rated it really liked it
Excellent!! Despite (the supposed) abundance of clues, I never would've guessed the real murderer or the motive in a million years. It's a somewhat convoluted story, however, if the reader does not mind the creative license Mrs. Christie seems to take at the end to sort of wrap things up as it were, then they'll love it.

It's almost as if she were writing, couldn't figure out where the heck the story was going then inspiration struck & voila! A nice tidy ending in 3 pages. The real motive pu
Cleo Bannister
Dec 14, 2014 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, crime-series
The Queen of Crime surpasses herself on the sheer ingenuity of the mystery in this book, one which I don’t remember reading before, with a closed house murder set at the dentist’s office.

As well as an inspired setting of a dentist practice with only one entrance where everyone is admitted by the slightly goofy doorman with a penchant for American detective stories the author also provides us with a good selection of easily identifiable characters. There are the two dentists, Mr Morely who is sho
Brent Soderstrum
In this Hercule Poirot novel Hercule uses his foot fetish to help him to solve the crime of a murdered dentist along with a few other murders and attempted murders of patients of the dentist. This book was a muddled mess with bizarre free world plots and world toppling schemes that were never very well developed by Christie.

At the very end Poirot solves this mess with a bunch of information that a reader could have never obtained by reading this book. Hercule is active in this book from the get
Angelina Mazza
Sep 25, 2015 Angelina Mazza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Re-read para:

-#RYBSAT Round 6 2015. 3/x
-Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015. 51/60

Con mucho detalle y bastante rebuscado como siempre, pero no predije al asesino.
Meh. Generally I love Christie's Poirots, but this one just didn't come together. Not as a bad as The Big Four, but certainly one of my least favorite Poirots.

At the end I felt the motive was very weak to justify the murders - (view spoiler)
Janne Varvára
Aug 31, 2012 Janne Varvára rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I realized that this was a book that I'd missed, I was thrilled. I spent quite some time finishing it, however.

It's been a strange time lately, and in the middle of listening to this book, a number of things happened that prolonged my finishing it. Firstly, I started (finally) reacting to the antidepressants I've been taking since July and everyone had to get used to that, and I also had two important job interviews that got me all shook up, nervous and unfocused. Therefore, there was quite
Biotech Myfoot
May 07, 2013 Biotech Myfoot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Twenty one, Twenty two,
3 stars won't do!

Another mystic mystery from the cryptic Christery Christie. Love to read her novels on the move. They do make for a thrill-filled ride every time.

Dentist Mr.Morley 'appears' to have committed suicide in his own surgery. No suspicion whatsoever arises on the clients who visited him during the hour, our good old Poirot being one of them. Thinking he did it? Common, AC's smarter than that! While everyone believes in the suicide theory,Poirot thinks otherwise.
Laurel Young
Apr 01, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this under the title The Patriotic Murders, but I much prefer the alternate title, emphasizing the nursery rhyme. I really enjoy Christie's creepy way of taking childish rhyme and building murder mysteries around them, and while sometimes it feels a little forced to make the chapters fit the verses, overall it works. I can see how patriotism plays a role in the story and emphasizes that it's WWII-era, but I think of it more as "the dentist murder". It's very cute that even the great Poiro ...more
Milan Deep
Feb 25, 2014 Milan Deep rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Another good mystery by Agatha Christie. A dentist, a blackmailer and a middle-aged woman are dead. The motives are unclear, but still the deaths are related. The clues are few, but if you can find them, you can guess who is behind the murders. The only thing which is hard to guess is the motive, which is revealed at the end. The author scatters too many false clues for the readers, but if you have paid attention in her earlier works, you know how she leads you on. Poirot is always good company.
Dec 17, 2014 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are afraid of the dentist, do not read this story. Bad things happen in the office of Poirot's dentist.

Oh, how I have missed Hercules Poirot! This is one of his very structured adventures, based on the lines of the title nursery rhyme. The end concludes with profound insights into the value of human life and the inability to justify any one life at the expense of any other--whether you are a hen-witted woman, "rotter," finance genius, or blackmailer. Humanity unites them all, and it is cr
Nov 30, 2010 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a good book. Hercule Poirot's dentist is found dead of a gunshot wound to the head. The police call it suicide, but Poirot is not convinced. The dentist's death is followed closely by the deaths of two of his patients, and Poirot undertakes to solve the mystery. Is it possible that these three deaths were merely "collateral damage" in a campaign to eliminate an influential financier, another of the dentist's patients? Two suspects immediately present themselves for consideration: the wo ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having watched the entire seasons of Poirot I was very interested in how well the books were written. I've never read anything by Agatha Christie so I was pleasantly surprised to read this first novel. I can almost hear Poirot's voice when he speaks and can hear the cogs of his brain moving when he thinks. A very quick yet entertaining read :)
Jul 06, 2013 Luffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that I've read before, but only in French. I chose to re read it again because I had forgotten much of it. As I read, I remembered part of the plot, but my enjoyment remained undiminished. As for my admiration for Mrs Christie, it stayed high, and grew in fact, despite the fact that part of the subterfuge was borrowed from The Mystery Of The Blue Train. Christie's books - most of them, and there are many of them - were built for one impart the love of reading to budding reader ...more

A good Hercule Poirot mystery. My only complaint is that there isn't enough information given to the reader, or at least me as a reader, to make a reasonable guess about who the murderer is. Hercule Poirot has an epiphany in church during the singing of a psalm, he has figured out the puzzle of the murders. But when I read the psalm no such enlightenment happened to me. I had to have Hercule Poirot explain it when he confronts the murderer and says you did this, that and the other, for this, tha
This Christie book is a little darker than most. It was published in 1940 and Christie shows the fear of that time period. She has characters that are fascists and leftists. The economic fears of the time are tangible. In addition, Hercule Poirot is not quite as arrogant and is more subdued. He even questions himself, fearing that he is getting too old to properly analyze clues. I found the solution a little confusing and I am not sure how Poirot used his brain cells to solve the murder of his d ...more
Dec 31, 2015 TheAromaofBooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Hercule Poirot goes to the dentist. And, as usual murder ensues.

This was a good mystery, and I greatly enjoyed it. But, as usual, the reason I enjoyed it was because Christie was willing to delve a little deeper than just “who killed whom,” and wrestle with some more serious issues, in this case, Is human life inherently valuable simply because it is human life?

My only beef with this story is that several characters had names that were very similar, making the story sometimes diffi
Aug 28, 2015 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many people speak of convolution as though it were a bad thing. And then there's me. I can certainly appreciate elegance, but sometimes, I want one big wilderness of a puzzle with pieces that connect in hopelessly complicated ways. There are Christie's that will appeal to those with a thirst for simplicity- works that revolve around a single, blinding trick- the danger being that if you see through that single element before the curtain is drawn, all becomes clear before due time.

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