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

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  9,815 ratings  ·  354 reviews
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,
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Harper (first published 1940)
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Harshita
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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Yas
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Andy
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
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Cheryl
There it is, a dental appointment on your calendar at eleven. Even though you are a recurring patient and respect the affable dentist, something could go horribly wrong...and in ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE, Agatha Christie's 1940 mystery, it does!

Henry Morley, Poiriot's own dentist is found that afternoon dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The verdict is that Morley killed himself when he found out that a patient he'd seen that morning died of an overdose of anaesthesia he had administered. Tho
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Walaa
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
وبعد التحقيقات ي
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Hend
i love agatha cristie novels..
but there is some technical points ....as a dentist..
to give Anaesthesia there is techniques so, only a dentist can give it to be sure that the Anaesthesia works.otherwise it fails...
and to cure the tooth and make filling is not something that the killer can pretend to do while the real dentist was already dead...
also one cant die from adrenaline and novocain given in dental dose as Anaesthesia.....as the greek man was killed in this novel...
so the novel is good exe
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Tischelle
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
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Cleo Bannister
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
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Lona
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

Laina
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)
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Janne Varvára
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
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Biotech Myfoot
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.
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Laurel Young
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
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.
Gretchen
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
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Holly
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
Luffy Monkey D.
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 thing...to impart the love of reading to budding reader ...more
Chana


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
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☯Emily
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
Ryan G
This will make 21 Hercule Poirot novels put behind me, which means I only have another 16 of his books to go. I still have plenty of other books to go through in my Agatha Christie self challenge, but knowing I'm over half way done with Poirot is sort of bitter sweet for me. I make no secret of that fact that he is not my favorite character of all time. I find him to be rather pompous and aggravating at times. But despite all that, deep down, I really do like him. There has not been a character ...more
Rohit
If you are a dentist and having a very uninteresting life, Hercule Poirot is the client you should hope to have. You may be nothing to people, your death may go unremarked but you can be sure that Poirot will not rest unless his dentist's murder is solved and the criminal brought to justice. You may be a side casualty in a larger game but in Poirot's eyes, your life will value as much as the fate of the nation itself. His moral convictions are black and white. This is the Poirot I have grown up ...more
Jeri Massi
I read this long, long ago when it was titled AN OVERDOSE OF DEATH. I recall that on the cover, a subtitle text was "Who drilled the dentist?" That was my first hint that mysteries could include humor. So I took up the thin paperback and was not disappointed in the first several chapters. Nice to see that Monsieur Poirot is as reluctant to visit the dentist as the rest of us! The first third to first half of the book is pure, excellent AC:vivid characters, tight plot, humor and charm and insight ...more
Muhajjah Saratini

"Oh, Mr. Poirot, tolonglah kami. Kalau saja saya bisa yakin bahwa Anda berada di pihak kami."
"Saya tidak memihak siapa pun. Saya hanya berpihak pada kebenaran."


Ketika sedang mencari teman untuk mengisi waktu senggang di sela-sela pup, yang ada hanya buku ini. Jadi, lagi-lagi saya membaca Agatha. *dasar susah move on

Bermula ketika Poirot terpaksa menghadapi salah satu ketidakberdayaan: dokter gigi.

Poirot yang hebat pun harus tunduk di hadapan dokter giginya, Mr. Morley.

Setelah melewati prosedur p
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Luciana Darce
Hercule Poirot está de volta, e, dessa vez, morrendo de medo da cadeira do dentista!

Devo dizer que o começo prosaico desse volume da tia Agatha me fez rir um bocado com os temores de Poirot, suando frio na cadeira do Doutor Morley... ao menos até que um crime seja cometido e o barulhinho da broca se torne apenas uma distração em meio as mil e uma teorias da conspiração que envolvem o suicídio-talvez-assassinato do dentista, o desaparecimento misterioso de uma boa senhora que talvez esteja metida
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Joan Colby
Oddly Agatha Christie mysteries are the comfort food of readers. There’s something strangely reassuring and consoling in the characters of Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. The earlier Christies are the best even one like this which concerns itself with politics and the threat of wild-eyed anarchists. The British Empire remains supreme, the tea-shops and villages secure in their idiosyncratic residents and Poirot or Marple will always utilize psychology to seek out the culprits and bring them to ju ...more
Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan
Even the all powerful Poirot fears visiting the dentist. And so, it is with all dread that he goes to Dr Morley's clinic. That evening, Poirot is shocked to hear that Dr Morley has committed suicide. But was it really a suicide, or cold blooded murder disguised as suicide?

This book is unputdownable really. Full of suspense, it keeps you hooked till the very surprising climax. Set in wartime England of the 1940s, the plot has many references to spies, communism, and other radical forces that thr
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Linda
An Agatha Christie mystery - a quick read, but a great book as well. This is one of the books featuring Hercule Poirot, and as in many of her other mysteries, Christie makes you suspect one character of the crime, then another, then another (or could be a conspiracy or many characters - not uncommon). As usual, I couldn't put the book down (and my husband read it just as quickly). Christie keeps you thinking and guessing until the very last chapters.
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
Another fun Poirot which I enjoyed very much. Poirot was working by himself this time, no Captain Hastings on the case. There was the additional fun in that each of the 10 chapters began with 2 lines of verse from the Mother Goose rhyme, and each chapter had some internal reference to it's chapter title.
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“No, my friend, I am not drunk. I have just been to the dentist, and need not return for another six months! Is it not the most beautiful thought?
--Poirot”
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