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A nursery rhyme figures tantalizingly in each of these novels, but there is nothing childlike about the dark secrets and darker deeds of some of the characters, nothing innocent about the murderers. Whether the detective featured is the delightful, sharp-eyed Miss Marple, the redoubtable Hercule Poirot, or Chief Inspector Taverner of Scotland Yard each one is challenged by A nursery rhyme figures tantalizingly in each of these novels, but there is nothing childlike about the dark secrets and darker deeds of some of the characters, nothing innocent about the murderers. Whether the detective featured is the delightful, sharp-eyed Miss Marple, the redoubtable Hercule Poirot, or Chief Inspector Taverner of Scotland Yard each one is challenged by an adversary worthy of a master of crime. Here is Agatha Christie at her best - baffling, daringly logical, and immensely entertaining.


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A nursery rhyme figures tantalizingly in each of these novels, but there is nothing childlike about the dark secrets and darker deeds of some of the characters, nothing innocent about the murderers. Whether the detective featured is the delightful, sharp-eyed Miss Marple, the redoubtable Hercule Poirot, or Chief Inspector Taverner of Scotland Yard each one is challenged by A nursery rhyme figures tantalizingly in each of these novels, but there is nothing childlike about the dark secrets and darker deeds of some of the characters, nothing innocent about the murderers. Whether the detective featured is the delightful, sharp-eyed Miss Marple, the redoubtable Hercule Poirot, or Chief Inspector Taverner of Scotland Yard each one is challenged by an adversary worthy of a master of crime. Here is Agatha Christie at her best - baffling, daringly logical, and immensely entertaining.

30 review for The Nursery Rhyme Murders: 3 Complete Mystery Novels

  1. 5 out of 5

    Wyyknot

    The nursery rhyme murders; including: A pocket full of rye, Hickory dickory death. The crooked house by Agatha Christie (1970)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Margarita Krug

    The Crooked House is the third book in The Nursery Rhyme Murders (A Pocket Full of Rye, and Hickory Dickory Death are the other two), which are all vintage Agatha Christie. But it was The Crooked House (along with the Ordeal by Innocence) that Dame Agatha thought satisfied her best of all of her own detective books. When Aristide Leonides, a rich patriarch of the close knit Leonides family, suddenly dies of eserine poisoning (injected instead of insulin), his various surviving relatives are suspe The Crooked House is the third book in The Nursery Rhyme Murders (A Pocket Full of Rye, and Hickory Dickory Death are the other two), which are all vintage Agatha Christie. But it was The Crooked House (along with the Ordeal by Innocence) that Dame Agatha thought satisfied her best of all of her own detective books. When Aristide Leonides, a rich patriarch of the close knit Leonides family, suddenly dies of eserine poisoning (injected instead of insulin), his various surviving relatives are suspected in the murder. The author weaves her false clues to keep you guessing which one, throwing a subsequent murder of the Nanny (for the three grandchildren residing in the house) and attempted murder of the twelve-year old Josephine into the mix. But the big reveal as to the true identity of the murderer will shock you to the core at the very end. Even more shocking are the killer’s motives, as they evoke a face of the sociopath, lacking any remorse for the committed crime. If you like detective mysteries, this is definitely a classic to enjoy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    This books consists of three individual books: A Pocket Full of Rye, Hickory Dickory Death, and The Crooked House. I enjoyed them all, but I found The Crooked House the most fascinating. You see, I had only fairly recently seen a TV adaptation of it, so I remembered clearly what had happened and who the murderer was. At first, I was a bit bored by the book because of that. But then I started to see all the clues Christie had left as to the murdered and the motive--and I was impressed. She sets i This books consists of three individual books: A Pocket Full of Rye, Hickory Dickory Death, and The Crooked House. I enjoyed them all, but I found The Crooked House the most fascinating. You see, I had only fairly recently seen a TV adaptation of it, so I remembered clearly what had happened and who the murderer was. At first, I was a bit bored by the book because of that. But then I started to see all the clues Christie had left as to the murdered and the motive--and I was impressed. She sets it up quite early in the book and you can see it coming all the way through--but with so much misdirection I would think you wouldn't guess until the very end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sergey

    three mysteries; two re-reads. it all seems cozy and homey these christie stories, but “crooked house” is most sinister, (and one of) most atmospheric of all her novels that i’ve read in my lifetime. an enjoyable trip down memory lane (for the first two) and a new favorite (the last) in an arid desert to ward of boredom.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dhanya Jothimani

    A Decent read if you like detective novels...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Craig Schlossin

    Love Agatha.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Violet

    3 great Christie mysteries, esp for her later (1970s) work.

  8. 4 out of 5

    William Dury

    Miss Marple investigates the murder of a shady businessman (“Pocketful of Rye”), Hercule Poirot investigates vandalism at a university boarding house that becomes a murder case (“Hickory Dickory Death”) and Inspector Taverner’s son helps in the inquiry of his fiancee’s grandfather’s sudden death in “Crooked House.” It’s a good collection, “Crooked House” being the best of the bunch. Interesting comparison with the Tana French novels which are are more like literary novels with a mystery baked in Miss Marple investigates the murder of a shady businessman (“Pocketful of Rye”), Hercule Poirot investigates vandalism at a university boarding house that becomes a murder case (“Hickory Dickory Death”) and Inspector Taverner’s son helps in the inquiry of his fiancee’s grandfather’s sudden death in “Crooked House.” It’s a good collection, “Crooked House” being the best of the bunch. Interesting comparison with the Tana French novels which are are more like literary novels with a mystery baked in, and these which are more obviously just puzzles in and of themselves.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    The stories are mostly dialogue, but interesting reads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Agatha Christie is always perfect on a fall day.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fawn

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Carr

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julie Graves

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Zumwalt

  19. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cate

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aileen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Verenna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becca

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Falvai

  26. 5 out of 5

    Miranda DeYoung

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kajehas

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