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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

(Hercule Poirot #23)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  19,146 ratings  ·  940 reviews
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe first published in the United Kingdom in November 1940, and in the US in February 1941 under the title of The Patriotic Murders. A paperback edition in the US in 1953 changed the title again to An Overdose of Death.

Why on earth would a successful and happy dentist commit suicide? Leave it to Hercule Poirot to drill the doctor's patients...and to as
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 1987 by Berkley (first published November 1940)
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May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
A confusing story that gets more and more complicated until the end. The characters remain pale and the story is simple and unbelievable. Mediocre crime thriller. Even if it is very exciting, the story somehow can not really inspire me. This is not the best of Agatha Christie.
Simona Bartolotta
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, in-italian, 1900
“Japp said curiously: “What are you trying to do–make the thing more difficult?”
[Poirot:] “Exactly that.”

Ok, so the first victim is a dentist and my dad is a dentist... I was upset. But it was also funny because we joked about it for at least an hour.
The solution was absolutely perfect, and when I enjoy the solution I retroactively enjoy the whole book even more (bottom line: I'm a weird girl. But of course you knew that already). The central part of the story -basically, the investigation- was
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015

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

Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nervous about visiting the dentist, Poirot is relived that he won’t need another check-up for at least 6 months.
So when Inspector Japp later pays Poirot a visit and informs him that he’s dentist Morley has been found dead by a shot through the head, Poirot finds himself at the surgery for the second time that day.

When another of the patients who also had visited the practice that day is found dead with an overdose of anaesthetic, it looks increasingly likely that Morley committed suicide.
But Poi
David Schaafsma
If this were the first Christie I had read instead of the 22nd consecutive Poirot novel I might love this more than I do. I eventually warmed to it quite a bit, but I am also developing powers of discrimination. It feels true to form. Nothing all that memorable compared to the best of her works, the crème de la crème, but this one is solid, impressive in its own right. Does this sound like snobbery? I dunno. Christie is very good even at her averagest.

This one features Dr. Morley, a grumpy denti
3.5 Stars

“He is no longer the wolf,” thought Poirot. “No, he has put on the sheep’s clothing. But underneath? I wonder….”

As I started reading this book I was not sure if it would be as enjoyable as many of the other Poirot stories I have read ... The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The A.B.C. Murders, etc. It seemed to have an espionage bent but regardless Dame Agatha does not disappoint.

The story opens with Hercule Poirot doing what many of us dread. Going to the dentist. While in the waiting room he
I don't hate going to the dentist, at least, not like Poirot does. And that's where this book's murder takes place. Poirot follows a variety of clues and misdirections surrounding the death of his dentist, Mr. Morley. There are numerous conflicting details, and Poirot being Poirot, eventually finds his way through all the mess to the baddie. Who turned out to be someone I wasn't expecting. I like it when Christie surprises me.
This was a re-read for me, although this time I tried the audio version...somehow the story felt a bit outlandish to me, it was all going well but revelations at the end felt a bit too contrived...a little improbable. IDK, wasn't that impressed the second time around.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Very good Poirot story. I can just imagine Agatha going to the dentist and seeing everyone around her cringing just at the thought of what is coming next, and thinking "this is the perfect place" and 'what if...?" The result is a fiendish murder, brilliantly choreographed. She also turned certain aspects around to great effect.

Once more, Christie used nursery rhymes as inspiration and it seems, to structure her story too. Such a weird idea and yet it works extremely well.

One, two,
Buckle my sh
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2017, crime
Death at the dentist's...

The thing is – if Hercule Poirot ever threatens to visit you, make an excuse and then flee to the other side of the world because no one is safe around that man! In this book he visits his dentist, Mr Morley, for a routine check-up. By the end of the morning, Mr Morley is dead. Later, one of his patients is found dead and another has gone missing. Let's hope Poirot didn't have a doctor's appointment that afternoon!

At first, Inspector Japp thinks Mr Morley, who was found
Brooklyn Tayla
Re reading Agatha Christie is always a winner. I enjoyed this one as much as I did the first time; I definitely found it still very different to her other whodunnits but nevertheless enjoyed reacquainting with the different supporting cast of characters; and Poirot with his dentist (for less of a better word, phobia) is precious. Enjoyed the appearance of Japp here too.
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2016
First read around 1986.

Thirty years already? OMFG !

Still amazing and really loved it!
Vikas Singh
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is almost like a Robert Ludlum thriller with several unrelated people and sporadic incidents, all coming together in the end for a grand finale. We get to see Poirot's uncompromising attitude towards fair justice and truth. One of the most intriguing Poirot potboilers that will keep you glued till the end. Great read
Katie Lumsden
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. As always, Agatha Christie's writing is easy and enjoyable, and I loved the twists throughout. A great read.
Charlotte Jones
I think 2018 should officially be renamed the Year Of Christie for me because this is my fifth so far. Another of Poirot's investigations, this time centering on the death of Poirot's dentist.

This is probably my new second favourite Agatha Christie (after the first I ever read, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd). The twists and turns were expertly handled and although I had several guesses as to the identity of the murderer throughout, I didn't guess the ultimate conclusion. I've seen other reviewers
A typical Agatha Christie, this one had me guessing from beginning to the end! One of the Best! 5 Stars!
What an adventure that was! I have waited far too long to read Agatha Christie's books. What a mind she must have had to have dreamt up such a complex plot and have figured out a way to tie all the loose ends together.
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, poirot
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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“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?"

I had fun with this one. Hercule Poirot is like honey to my bear, or fly, or whatever (Okay, forget this sentence), so I'm always ready for more of his books. This time the usually brave detective starts the novel in a pissy mood because he has to undergo the dentist chair. While getting his teeth worked on, he listens to his regular dentist drone on
There's honestly nothing better than sitting down with an Agatha Christie novel on a rainy september day with some tea and a blanket.

And she's impeccable when it comes to getting one out of a reading slump. She's so straightforward in her language and yet always exciting.

This is not at all one of her best novels, although I enjoyed a bit of spy intrigue and, possibly, the fate of England hinging on the capture of the culprit. I would've like to be more engaged by the suspects, but it's still a
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pretty-good
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
Interesting? Meh. Realistic? A weaker "meh".
(_.- Jared -._) ₪ Book Nerd ₪
Didn't see that one coming! Great ending!
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Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good solid mystery in Christie's signature style. A death, this time of a dentist, followed by another death, of a Greek immigrant, followed by yet a third death, a middle-aged woman. And what ties them together?

There are only a few possible suspects, most of whom were patients of the dentist. There's much to take in, a lot of red herrings, a lot of keeping track of who is who and who went where when. I can't imagine writing something like this without multiple diagrams and outlines and pictu
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Rebecca (areadersrambles)
I feel like one sentence from the book accurately describes all these detectives, it was something in the sense of 'I sometimes feel like if Poirot stayed home all the time, the crime rate would be halved' - which, let's be honest, would probably be true ;)
Catalin Negru
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, literature
Target audience: People passionate about good detective novels, mystery, intrigue, romance and plots.

About the author: According to Wikipedia, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott including Giant's Bread, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigative work of s
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