Monday, April 18, 2011

Crime Fiction Alphabet: One, Two, Buckle my shoe by Agatha Christie


What reason would an amiable dentist like Dr. Morley have for committing suicide? He didn't have emotional difficulties, money problems, or love trouble. What he did have was an appointment with Hercule Poirot, who is not persuaded by the suicide story. Poirot therefore takes it upon himself to question the good doctor's patients, partners and friends. He has a suspicion that Dr. Morley wasn't an unlikely murder victim after all. Nor was he the first...

One, Two, Buckle my Shoe has Second World War as its backdrop and is rather political. Frank Carter is a British fascist and Howard Raikes represents the competing force of communism. Alistair Blunt’s credentials as a champion of conservative reaction are made obvious throughout the text. And there are many other characters with political leanings. Poirot is not influenced by any of it and knows he has to save the innocent no matter what. 


Kerrie said...

Thanks for this contribution to the CFA for this week Gautami. Another Christie that I think I'll read this year.

Irene said...

I'm doing an Agatha Christie Read a long, thanks for your wonderful review.