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Poirot: the War Years: "One,Two Buckle My Shoe", "Five Little Pigs","Taken at the Flood" [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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3 Nov 2003

A brand new three-in-one Poirot omnibus, featuring the world-renowned detective’s wartime adventures. Includes One, Two Buckle My Shoe, Five Little Pigs, Taken at The Flood.

It seems Hitler’s Luftwaffe aren’t the only ones responsible for the deaths of innocent people as World War II rages – it seems plenty of murderers are willing to help them reduce Britain’ war-torn population even further. And it’s up to Hercule Poirot to stop them…

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

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other subjects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home; Elsa Greer (the three-time divorcee) who had roast beef; Cecilia Williams (the devoted governess) who had none; and Angela Warren (the disfigured sister) who cried ‘wee wee wee’ all the way home.
It is sixteen years later, but Hercule Poirot just can’t get that nursery rhyme out of his head…

A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb blast in the London Blitz. Overnight, the former Mrs Underhay finds herself in sole possession of the Cloade family fortune.
Shortly afterward, Hercule Poirot receives a visit from the dead man’s sister-in-law, who claims she has been warned by ‘spirits’ that Mrs Underhay’s first husband is still alive. Yet, what mystifies Poirot most is the woman’s true motive for approaching him.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Omnibus edition edition (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007171196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007171194
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,484 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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‘Mrs Christie as usual puts a ring through the reader’s nose and leads him to one of her smashing last-minute showdowns’ Observer

‘The empress of the crime novel’ Daily Express

‘Told briskly, vivaciously, and with ever-fertile imagination’ Manchester Evening News

About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable! 1 Oct 2010
By Jess
This is the second Ariadne Oliver collection of Agatha Christie's that I have bought, and I enjoyed this one just as much, if not more, than the last.

I love the character of Ariadne, and her eccentricities complement Poirot's methodical and logical approach perfectly.

I am yet to read the short stories, but have read the three novels and enjoyed each one very much. I particularly liked 'Cards on the Table' as it took a slightly different approach than the usual, 'it could have been anyone'. It is clear that the murderer has to be one of four, and the intricate way in which each character is unravelled is excellent. At the beginning it appears that there is no evidence to go on at all, but it soon becomes clear that there is, in fact, a wealth of evidence available to Poirot!

This is a great collection so far, and I really look forward to reading the remainder!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are no spoilers in this review 26 Sep 2006
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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One of the best Poirot compendia, featuring two of Christie's greatest novels.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (5/5)

Reputedly one of Christie's finest pieces of misdirection, this locked room mystery has lost none of its capacity to baffle.

Murder on the Orient Express (5/5)

Even if you know the solution (which would hardly be surprising given the fame of this story) this is an entertaining novel.

Murder in the Mews (4/5)

A novella - or perhaps long short story - with an enjoyable plot twist. Also available in "Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories", so you may already own it.

Hercule Poirot's Christmas (3/5)

There's plenty to like about this locked room mystery, but its solution is somewhat unconvincing, and this is not one of the best Poirot novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review 10 July 2014
By dg
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Enjoyed book
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5.0 out of 5 stars poirot 6 Feb 2014
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as always Agatha Christie at her best keeps the suspense going right through the book would recommend to thriller buffs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gfit from another country...thanks amazon 27 Dec 2013
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Great gift for a family member and it arrived quickly and in perfect condition. The gift will be well used, a favourite. It arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I live in North America and the gift was sent to the UK.An easy and simple way of gift giving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 22 Aug 2012
By Ingrid
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It's a marvellous collection of the almost unsolvable murders that Poirot solves with convincing ease! I read the novels over and over again.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There are no spoilers in this review 11 Oct 2006
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Although these are not the most famous Poirot novels, they are certainly amongst the best and most sinister.

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (4/5)

This little-known mystery beginning with the apparent suicide of the detective's dentist is one of the darkest Poirot novels and a neglected gem.

Five Little Pigs (4/5)

Again, this novel is comparatively little-known, but features an enticingly high-concept setup. Poirot is asked to investigate a criminal case that occurred sixteen years previously based solely on the testimony of surviving participants. Like "Cards on the Table", this is a novel whose primary satisfaction is intellectual: one for the Christie connoisseur, perhaps.

Taken at the Flood (4/5)

This complex mystery follows so serpentine path that it is extremely difficult to solve more than a part of it.
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