It is interesting to see - or rather read - a little of the way Agatha Christie's mind worked as I read more of her books. She was certainly fascinated with the world of spies and intrigue of the underworld! One Two, Buckle My Shoe certainly came into this category. There were lots of twists and turns and in the end it was all resolved with facts that we sort of knew, but didn't really and all of which related to goings on that are kept from most of the world.
The blurb reads "Hercule Poirot disliked his dentist.... But one of his patients liked Mr Morley even less - and shot him just after Poirot left his office. Was it the mysterious unpleasant Greek? The wild young American who looked like a murderer? The rich banker? Or the ex actress with the buckle on her shoe?"
Well of course as the book goes on we work through the stories of these and some other characters too. The chapters work through the poem One Two, buckle my shoe, and by the time we get to Nineteen Twenty, my plate is empty the story is resolved and all becomes clear to the reader.
We discover quite quickly that Mr Morley has indeed been shot, but who by. Was it suicide, but if so, what of the other events that follow. Then there is of course some misdirection, or is it a double bluff, are things that are supposed to look twisted around actually as plain as they might at first thought to be.
I enjoyed reading this book. It tells the story over quite a period of time, but once it gets past the first few pages it is quite fast paced and keeps moving along well. The ending was good, not too odd, and not to drawn out before we got there either. I don't remember ever seeing the dramatized TV version of this one, so I had no idea "who dunnit" and I didn't guess either as we were kept guessing and kept being fed new information right up to the very end of the book.
I would rate this story as an 8 out of 10. So I definitely recommend it. My copy is off to the charity shop as I don't need to read it again, but I hope that someone else will and will enjoy it too.
Next up is - finally over a year since I bought it - my book about Norwegian Wood Chopping. Now that is going to be an interesting read and review isn't it!
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