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Agatha Christie , Hugh Fraser
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15 April 2002

The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his outflung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments?

A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now – in the words of the rhyme – can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (15 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007139624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007139620
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 10.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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“The Empress of the crime novel”
Daily Express

'A swift course of unflagging suspense leads to complete surprise.'
New York Times

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The dentist was found with a blackened hole below his right temple. A pistol lay on the floor near his outflung right hand. Later, one of his patients was found dead from a lethal dose of local anaesthetic. A clear case of murder and suicide. But why would a dentist commit a crime in the middle of a busy day of appointments?

A shoe buckle holds the key to the mystery. Now – in the words of the rhyme – can Poirot pick up the sticks and lay them straight?


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and underrated 23 Sep 2010
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I understand the criticisms posted elsewhere, but in my opinion this novel's complexity is one of its major strengths. Questions of identity are key to most of Agatha Christie's novels, some of them more believable than others. In 'One Two Buckle My Shoe', she makes it pretty obvious early on that identity is an issue, particularly in relation to one of the female characters. The plot and collection of characters are such, however, that almost everyone appears to have something to hide. There is a danger that this device is overdone, but for me, Christie makes it convincing. Contrast this with her previous novel, 'Sad Cypress', which, though enjoyable, is almost routinely formulaic and one-dimensional in its concealment of identity. I first read 'One Two Buckle My Shoe' as a child in the early 1970s and find it as satisfying now as I recall finding it then. Though not one of her top ten novels, I still think it's a masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 18 April 2009
Format:Paperback
Written just before the outbreak of the second world war and reflecting the fevered and often paranoid political scene at the time, this novel recounts an intense police investigation, in which Poirot becomes increasingly prominent. It is a very readable affair with a strong cast of characters and developments unusual for Christie whodunnits (there is political pressure to call off the enquiry for example).
For those who like to solve these cases themselves, there is a lot to go on with the clues clearly and mostly fairly marked. The one problem is that the solution begs a few more questions than it should; all the same one of my favourites.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best 7 Aug 2007
By I AM ME
Format:Paperback
I think that this book was a good read but it was the still the worst of Christie's books that i've read so far. It was fine but I just didn't find it quite as gripping as some of the other ones and I think if you have read some of her other books, that you will probably enjoy it. I wasn't annoyed that it was complicated ( and it was very complicated ), I just found the conclusion a bit far-fetched and although you can guess the murderer, it would be impossible to guess why they did it.

It is about a dentist that apparently commits suicide on a very busy day, and later on a patient of his is found dead, he was overdosed with a gum injection. The police decide that Mr Morley ( the dentist ), must have accidentally overdosed Mr Amberiotis ( the second murder victim ), realised what he had done and then killed himself, but the Hercule Poirot disagrees with this theory and sets out to disprove it. It is only when another murder occurs, that Poirot was proven correct.

This book contains such clues as, the attempt to assasinate Allistair Blunt, a missing lady with a buckle on her shoe, and the attempt to conceale the identity of the third murder victim.

This isn't a book that first time Christie readers should read, but I do think that if you have read a few of her books, that you should read this, but don't expect a masterpiece. If you are new to Christie, I reccomend, And Then There Were None, Crooked House, Murder On The Orient Express, Death On The Nile, The ABC Murders, and A Pocket Full Of Rye.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Complicated... 16 Mar 2004
Format:Paperback
A wonderful book, not in the slightest disappointing, but perhaps one of the hardest to follow. The plotline, and evidence that comes to light is in such a way, that maybe a second reading is required. But none the less a good book, with the very essence of Christie caught in every page.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good 22 July 2007
Format:Paperback
Even though I am a big fan of Agatha Christie, my overall opinion is that this is not one of her best.
After saying that however, it does have one of the most interesting and original solutions of all.
What seems to let it down is its readability. I found it easy to get lost, both with the plot and the characters, and often found myself having to re-read sections of the book to get it clear in my mind.
If you are looking to read Christie for the first time then I wouldn't start with this one.
This is definitely one for the die-hard fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Dentist 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Set in pre-World War 2 London, this classic whodunnit features Hercule Poirot investigating the death of dentist Mr.Morley, who apparently commits suicide after mistakenly administering a lethal injection. When another death is discovered, Poirot becomes concerned for the safety of important finance man Anthony Blunt and former actress Mabelle Sainsbury Seale who wears buckles on her shoes. This is one of Agatha Christie's most complex murder mysteries, guaranteed to keep you guessing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review 13 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book I really liked very well written. I did not want to leave it down so I finished it very quickly just two days
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4.0 out of 5 stars One, Two, Buckle My Shoe 26 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As an avid reader of Agatha Christie, I found this book clever and enjoyable, but not her best work. Nevertheless, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good, solid read with a deliciously mind-boggling ending that will leave you going over all the facts in your head for hours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read
A very interesting story with the outcome not being what you would expect. A dentist that Poirot visits gets murdered for no apparent reason. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Maddocks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shoe-Buckle and the Sleuth
Vintage Poirot. As is almost always the case, you have to reach the very end of the book before you have any inkling as to who the murdered is. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. D. R. Goodman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good used book, added to my collection, to be read but can be sure it will be a good read
Published 12 months ago by O
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Poirot Christie had written so far
Spoiler alert! Please don't read the last paragraph if you want to come at this puzzle without any advantages. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Thomas Holt
4.0 out of 5 stars An overly complex but fairly satisfying mystery
A slow case for Hercule Poirot, this nursery rhyme themed story takes place over several weeks, as the Belgian detective investigates the mysterious death of his dentist. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2012 by J. R. Johnson-Rollings
5.0 out of 5 stars A ladie's whim
My dear wife had come so far in the list of books written by this extraordinary Lady Agatha Christie - or was it Miss Marple - that now she wanted all that where still missing. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Dr. Manfred Ottow
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best ...
I've read lots of her books. This one was ok but definitely not one if you like to be able to guess what happened as the plot is pretty involved.
Published on 9 Mar 2009 by Helen E. Horseman
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF AGATHAS BEST
IN MY OPINION THIS IS ONE OF AGATHA CHRISTIES BEST WORKS. COLOURFUL CHARACTERISATION, INTERESTING PLOT WITH DIFFERENT STRANDS OF THE STORY TO KEEP THE READER GUESSING. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2007 by SARA
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