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Hickory Dickory Dock (Hercule Poirot #32)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  15,577 Ratings  ·  671 Reviews
An outbreak of kleptomania at a student hostel was not normally the sort of crime that aroused Hercule Poirot's interest. But then he saw the list of stolen and vandalized items: a stethoscope, some old flannel trousers, a box of chocolates, a slashed rucksack, and a diamond ring found in a bowl of soup. He congratulated the warden, Mrs. Hubbard, on a "unique and beautiful ...more
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Published December 7th 2006 by AudioGO (first published 1955)
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Why the hell doesn't Goodreads have a galaxy (instead of just 5 stars) rating system for books that just make you go

Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problem.”

Again Poirot shows how clever he is, this time because his perfect secretary starts getting typing errors. It's amusing how he is half in awe of her, half in fear of her. Set in a hostel with a mixed group, this intriguing story wasn't like other mysteries by her that I've read. He's called in because of a bizarre list of items stolen, but murder comes across eventually.

Set in a hostel with a mixed group, characters become m
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it

In this 32nd book in the Hercule Poirot series, the detective investigates mysterious occurrences at a rooming house. Like all Agatha Christie books, it can be read as a standalone.

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
3.5 stars

# 10 in my Agatha Christie Challenge

During the first 50 pages, I was thinking that Agatha Christie had let Hercule Poiriot go a bit soft in her latter books, but then bodies started dropping in a co-ed boarding house and all the signs pointed to murder and it got interesting. As always, there is plenty of fantastic characterization, albeit a bit melodramatic in nature. I never mention enough how much I laugh at Poiriot's loveable arrogance or raise an eyebrow at some of the political
Jason Koivu
Jul 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A bunch of boarders, mostly students and young folk, get into a bit of mischief which turns out to be more than just a bit of mischief.

Hickory Dickory Dock was published in the latter half of Agatha Christie's career. It's also one of the later Poirot books. As such, it does feel a bit more mature in the characterization and such. But what the hell do I know? I'm no Christie scholar. I've only read a few of her many books. This is yet another one that has me wanting to read more of her work.

Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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Hercule Poirot frowned.
"Miss Lemon," he said.
"Yes, M. Poirot?"
"There are three mistakes in this letter."
His voice held incredulity. For Miss Lemon, that hideous and efficient woman, never made mistakes. She was never ill, never tired, never upset, never inaccurate. For all practical purposes, that is to say, she was not a woman at all. She was a machine - the perfect secretary. She knew everything, she coped with everything. She ran Hercule Poirot's life for him, so that it, too, functioned lik
David Schaafsma
“I spit upon the murder”—Mrs. Nicoletti

“They are stupid about love, these girls—as if love mattered” Mrs. Nicoletti

Hickory Dickory Dock is one of Christie’s novels with a nursery rhyme title, though there is little to no connection. There is a Mrs. Hubbard (like the one with a cupboard), but again, this is just Christie being cute. I certainly did read this half my life ago and probably enjoyed it more then than I did this time, in the context of having read the previous 29 Poirot novels. This i
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'I congratulate you,' he said warmly to the latter,
She looked startled. 'But why, M. Poirot?'
'I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problem.'

So the book is set in a boarding house where students of different ethnicity reside and then things start to go missing. Looks like a simple case of theft among struggling students but will it turn out to be something more? Why would Poirot be interested in such a base case? But things are never as simple as w
Timothy Diacono
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
The intrigue was really good - I never guessed who had done it till the end. Full marks for that!
I just found the characters very stereotyped. It might have been the fact that the author was creating 'foreign' characters. They just sounded very fake to me.
Rahaf Potrosh
جميلة كالعادة وفكرة مختلفة وعقول مختلفة عما سبق لكن النهاية كانت اسرع وابسط من توقعاتي ومن ما احب ومن ما اعتدت عليه سواء في رواياتها
ولكن لا ااستطيع ان انكر بأنها شدتني وبشدة و بأنني سأستمر بقراءة المزيد و المزيد من تلك الروايات
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...
محمد مختار
أجاثا كريستي من الكتاب اللي مش عاوز أقرأ كل رواياتها على طول، بقرأ لها رواية كل كام شهر، عشان البقية الباقية مما لم أقرأه بعد تظل معي سنين
وأحس إن المؤلفة لسه عايشة معانا وممكن أقرأ لها حاجة جديدة كل فترة
الرواية دي بتحكي عن حوادث سرقة عادية وبسيطة تحدث في بيت للشباب
أشياء غير قيمة تمت سرقتها أو إتلافها، أحمر شفاه، بودرة تجميل، وشاح، مصابيح كهربائية،
ولكن المحقق الخاص الشهير بوارو له رأي مختلف، ويطلب منهم استدعاء الشرطة على الفور
لم يهتموا برأيه، وسرعان ما تقع الجريمة الأولى
كعادة أجاثا كريستي رواية
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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من أفضل ما قرأت لأجاثا حتى الآن
huda nasir
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مرة أخرى تبهرني اجاثا كريستي بحبكتها البارعة.
اركض من اجل ان اصل للنهاية
استمتعت بها كثيرا
Vikas Singh
Too many coincidences make this Christie plot weak. Poirot's deductions are more whimsical and he just gets lucky with some of his wild deductions. Too many red herrings that are unusual distraction. For Christie fans this is quite unlike any of her other novels. A poor, average read
I'm a prettying open-minded person when it comes to books being the product of their age, and don't let such things distract me from the meat of the story. That said, Hickory Dickory Dock takes some kind of special cake in prejudices against foreigners and cartoony stereotypes. Even for Agatha this is a new kind of record. Oh, Agatha... you and your racism. Anyway, I am giving this story only three stars, because even the plot wasn't all that hot - organized crime in detective fiction just doesn ...more
من دوست ندارم اشخاصی ک ب نظر تقصیرکار میان واقعا آخرش تقصیرکار باشن. همیشه توی ذهن من آدم های ساکت و بی سروصدا باید تقصیرکار بشن ولی خب همیشه این روند رعایت نمیشه. توی این کتاب از همون اول تقریبا میشد ب راحتی حدس زد کار کیه چون اون شخص هم زرنگ بود هم شرو شور دار . حیف شد :))
Dr. Sulaiman
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مسارات عديدة، وعقد متشابكة، في سياق شيق، وصولاً إلى حل مفاجىء كالعادة!
Aug 07, 2010 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 29, 2015 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
Apr 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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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
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
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. This book was mostly just annoying. If I'm going to have to listen to a lot of psychological analysis, I prefer it to be delivered by Jeeves. And HOW did the title relate? Didn't like that Poirot took a back seat, either. I haven't read all that many Christies, but I wonder if I should stick to earlier ones.

However, this audiobook gets 5 stars as a toddler charmer! After I finished the book, I flipped the audio to the back seat and got a couple of hours of happiness on a long drive. Good j
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
The 30th book in the Hercule Poirot series by the Queen of Crime writers Agatha Christie.
Her books are timeless and are always great reads with lots of twists and turns and they keep you guessing until the very end. Thankfully she wrote so many books to entertain us.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يبدأ الكتاب بداية هادئة من مكتب المحقق البارع بوارو المعروف بالذكاء وحل اصعب القضايا

يعمل لدى المحقق سكرتيرة عملية جدًا تدعى الانسة ليمون تقدس عملها و ترتيب الملفات حد العبادة فهي لا تتغيب ولا تتأخر ابدًا مهما كانت الاسباب فلا الامطار ولا الاسقام تمنعها من اداء عملها

لكن تتاخر في احد الايام وعندما تصل تكون شاردة الذهن
وتخبر المحقق بان سبب تأخرها شقيقتها التي تعمل كمدبرة في سكن الطالاب
وقد قصت عليها احداث غريبة من اختفاء اغراض متعددة ولا ترتبط لبعضها بصِلة

يهتم المحقق بهذه الاحداث فيطلب من شقيقة
I really enjoyed it, even though it's not the best book of this author. Also I recommend it for people who wants to start reading Agatha Christie's books :)

First (mini) review in English ever... I want to start doing this more often, and so sorry for mistakes that I probably had :)
Soufia Abderrazak
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
بصراحة الترجمة كارثية .. انا بصدد قراءة الترجمة الفرنسية و الفرق شاااااسع .. نصف المقاطع قد تم حذفها اما ما لم يحذف فلا يخلو من اخطاء شنيعة .. حتى العنوان في حد ذاته تغير و لا يخضع لاحداث الرواية فالبيت ليس للطالبات فقط بل للطلاب ايضا .. لا انصح بقراءة اعمال اغاثا كريستي باللغة العربية
Vinay Talekar
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my 2nd Agatha Christie book this year. Not only is she a prolific writer, with many more books that I want to read, she also has a sublime knack of keeping you going and wanting for more. I was racing through the last 7 chapters because I couldn’t wait to see how Poirot solved the mystery.
A complex case of missing items found in a hostel that starts off with being trivial but takes a dark turn. The ever alert Poirot actually realizes the danger the residents of the hostel are getting in
Diana Long
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hercule Poirot is on the case, well written and excellent enjoyable story. also listed as Hickory Dickory Dock.
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“What are you doing, Poirot?"
"I dissect rucksacks. It is very interesting.”
“I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problem.” 2 likes
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