Hickory Dickory Dock was first published by Collins Crime Club in 1955. This copy is the first impression by Fontana, published in 1958.
Curious things are happening in a student's hostel.
Various ill-assorted objects disappear - a powder compact, bath salts, an electric light bulb. A rucksack is slashed, a silk scarf is wantonly cut up.
Hercule Poirot visits the hostel. He observes the occupants closely - Colin McNabb, the flaming, redheaded medical student; dark, clever Valerie Hobhouse who works in a beauty parlous, and all the others. At first their relationships and characters, though intricate seem innocent, but Poirot is uneasy. Gradually his worst fears are confirmed, a murder is commited and one after another all sorts of ugly details come to light.