One, Two, Buckle my Shoe
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?
Reviewed on 25th March 2012
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. The pacing is quite interesting and makes a change from the usual closed room in the manor house style of mystery.
It's possibly one of the most convoluted cases that I've read, and I must admit I found it a little hard to keep track of all the clues that were flying about, and as such had no idea, when it came to the reveal, what was going to be said.
Possibly because of the number of different plot threads twisting on top of one another I wouldn't put this down as one of Christie's best works. Additionally, the links to the nursery rhyme were quite tenuous at best.