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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (Sept. 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073969
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #428,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Fraser, who played Captain Hastings, the sidekick for arch Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the PBS Mystery series, now performs the entire cast in Christie's 1955 mystery. Fraser's Poirot is derivative of the stellar performance of the series' star, David Suchet; nevertheless, Fraser gives Christie's work his own imprimatur. Poirot is absent much of the time in this tale of kleptomania, malice and murder set at a boarding house for students. Add to the mix a number of students from England, a temperamental Greek landlady and an Italian house staff, and one must conclude that Fraser is some sort of magician to keep all the players sorted out as they converge in the common room. Not to be missed among the clamoring voices is Christie's narrative, from which Fraser manages to wring every wry drop. The producers at the Mystery Masters division of the Audio Partners were smart to hire Fraser to record this classic, and listeners will find it a delightful romp that passes all too quickly. (Dec.)
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“When it comes to fiendish plotting, there’s nobody to compare with Agatha Christie.” (Peter Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Banks novels)

“The Christie fan of longest standing, who thinks he knows every one of her tricks, will still be surprised by some of the twists here.” (New York Times)

“The characters are as good as ever and there is plenty of entertainment.” (Times Literary Supplement (London))

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The usual Christie attention to details and twists and turns gives a satisfying twist to this audio. March 5 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Agatha Christie's HICKORY DICKORY DOCK enjoys Hugh Fraser's warm voice as it tells of an outbreak of thefts at a student hostel, an odd series of missing or vandalized items, and eventually, murder. The usual Christie attention to details and twists and turns gives a satisfying twist to this audio.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
laur's review no. 2 Jan. 29 2007
By Tennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hugh Fraser does a very credible job, with all of the accents and people in the book, especially Hercules Poirot - almost as good as David Suchet !!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Horrendously Poor Quality Kindle Version Aug. 27 2012
By Eileen B. Kirkham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I love Ms. Christie's books, but the glaring grammatical errors, the erroneous addition of "was", "com", and extra letters added everywhere throughout, odd division of sentences, words and paragraphs make this Kindle edition nearly impossible to read. These are clearly the result of poor editing. What on earth happened with this edition? I noticed no other mention of this issue from the other reviewers, but what arrived on my Kindle is truly tortuous to read because of the errors and spacing issues. If this is an isolated occurence of a download problem, it is the first in hundreds of purchases I've made to date. I wish I could upload a sample of what I actually received. I'll research doing so and add zome samples if possible. It's really quite sad.

I can't recommend this version, but should the responsible publisher be interested, I would love to work with you to clean-up this version. It could be a wonderful edition but as it is now, I wish I could return it for a refund, and cannot recommend it, as it' s annoyingly unreadable. What a shame!

Please contact me if interested in making editorial changes to text.

Sincerely,
E. Kirkham

Sincerely,
E. Kirkham
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not one of her classics but still quite good Feb. 26 2012
By carlaf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Mrs. Christie writes in such a succinct and natural way, in addition to being so prolific, that it seems to me that she is underrated by many professional critics-but never by her fans. Mr. Poirot' s efficient secretary has made three simple mistakes typing a letter. Poirot is astonished and asks her what is wrong. It seems that Miss Lemon's widowed sister, who works as a matron at a youth hostel, is very much concerned by a series of bizzarre thefs-and worse-actual acts of vandalism. Poirot is not only intrigued by the story-he also wants his perfect secretary back. However, the seemingly easy case becomes much more dangerous and complex when murder soon follows on the heel of Poirot's investigation. We have an interesting and confusing story with a limited set of suspects (especially when the murders begin). Reading an Agatha Christie "cozy" mystery is akin to revisting an old and valued friend. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not quite up to the usual Poirot murder mysteries June 6 2014
By John Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hickory Dickory Dock is one of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot mysteries. While I enjoy this series greatly, this effort does not seem to me to be one of her better Poirot mysteries. This conclusion may be due to the fact that I have just read two other books in the Poirot series and I may be in need of a Poirot break! I found this story less interesting than others because the setting is London and not some exotic place and the characters are, for the most part, similar in that they are all young people living in a hostel and are virtually all British. Also the plot does not have as many twists and turns as many other Christie stories and much of the investigation is carried out by the bland police with Poirot in more of a supporting role.

The tale begins when Miss Lemon, Poirot’s usually accurate secretary, starts making mistakes. The fastidious detective can’t abide this situation and finds that it is caused by Miss Lemon’s concern for her sister who is the manager of a hostel at which a number of thefts have taken place. Mostly to calm Miss Lemon, Poirot decides to investigate. When Poirot goes to the hostel and states that the police should be called in, the thief comes forward. Except that she is not responsible for all the thefts and is subsequently murdered. Other murders follow and Poirot eventually puts his little grey cells to work and solves the case.

Poirot and Christie fans may well like this mystery. I just found it to be short of Christie’s usual standards for the reasons stated above. Death on the Nile and the A, B, C. Murders, for two, seem to me to be better works. If you are new to Christie and Poirot I would suggest starting with the above or The Death of Roger Ackryod.


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