Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Clocks (Hercule Poirot, #34)” as Want to Read:
The Clocks (Hercule Poirot, #34)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #34)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  11,064 ratings  ·  413 reviews
As instructed, stenographer Sheila Webb let herself into the house at 19 Wilbraham Crescent. It was then that she made a grisly discovery: the body of a man sprawled across the living room floor.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1963)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Clocks, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Elena I don't remember the book saying what his last name was, but maybe I missed it. On Wikipedia, it said that Colin was Super Intendant Battle's son, but…moreI don't remember the book saying what his last name was, but maybe I missed it. On Wikipedia, it said that Colin was Super Intendant Battle's son, but I'm not sure if that's true or not. Sorry I can't be of more help.(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Henry Avila
This Hercule Poirot murder mystery, is rather unusual. Since he isn't in it. Very much.Poirot is old. And spends the few pages, he appears in. At his London apartment. Rich but bored.Reading fictional and nonfiction books. About of course, killings.Don't worry folks. He comes to the rescue, at the last chapter.In fact, 3rd from last.And a few others. In the middle of the novel.The plot ,Sheila Webb a stenographer typist. Goes to a house, for a routine assignment.The door is unlocked. As she is i ...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a member of the British secret service, and you are having a really bad day. Murder is never the best of reasons to engage in romance, but for you, the two become intertwined before you know it. In a way, it is not hard to understand why: temporary secretaries are their own kind of secret agent, slipping in and out of mysterious situations, reporting what they know to their benefactor, a constant smile on their lips and calm professionalism their by-word. When d
...more
Ririn
Another great tale from the queen of crimes!

Ohh..how I deceived myself when I congratulate myself too early! What a shame :( But on the other hand, I did make the right guesses on a few things, so all is not lost (yeay!!).

This story took on a Miss-Marple-ish type of narration. Hercule Poirot only came into the picture after more than 60% of the book. But as always, he would steal the limelight from others even by a brief appearance!

And what a conclusion!
Cornerofmadness


I’ve decided to finally go back to my youth and reread some of the classics (well at least ones that fall into genres I actually like). This Hercule Poirot mystery was written much later in Christie’s career and it’s fairly clear that Poirot wasn’t even needed for this mystery. I actually wondered if he was only added to keep publishers/fans happy.

In fact, this mystery was actually investigated by a friend of Poirot, Colin Lamb who seemed to be secret service (how many times Lamb appeared in ot
...more
Dolly
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Eileen
Even though my mother was a fan of Agatha Christie, for some reason, I never read any of her books when I was growing up, despite being a fan of the mystery genre myself. When the video game, And Then There Were None (which was based on Agatha Christie's novel) was released, I decided to seek out a copy of it to read before trying out the game. (The book has been read but the game has only seen about 10 minutes of action so far...) I found And Then There Were None strangely compelling, even with ...more
Elizabeth
Another good story from the queen of mystery. I missed Poirot in this one, though. Hercule Poirot only appears occasionally. Being one of his last mysteries, M. Poirot has aged quite a bit, and so he no longer investigates crimes like he used to. In "The Clocks" the narrator and protagonist is Mr. Colin Lamb. He's trying to figure out Whodunit. The victim: an unidentifiable man. The scene of the crime: a blind woman's sitting room, with the addition of four mysterious clocks set to the same, wro ...more
Helen
This is a Hercule Poirot story, from the 50s long after Poirot has retired and is rather bored. Hastings is in South America and our intrepid Belgian only appears fairly late on in the book after being given the opportunity to exercise his 'little grey cells.' This is the one where an agency stenographer goes to an appointment to find a dead body in the drawing room. Mystery as to the body's identity as well as who the killer was ensues, of course.

I've read quite a few of Christie's books and I
...more
Laurel Young
I find it telling that The Clocks is subtitled "A Hercule Poirot Mystery". This is not really a Poirot novel. Charles Lamb, our narrator, is quite able to solve the case himself and Poirot actually has very little "screen time", so to speak. He is here because, by this time in Christie's long and fruitful career, fans expected her to feature her famous detective (and no doubt he was good for sales). Even so, I do not think of this as a Poirot case. There are also a few references to Poirot and C ...more
Dagny
This is one of her Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, mysteries, although he was so late in turning up that I had forgotten he was supposed to be in the book by the time he showed up. He wasn't heavily featured at all. The story opens with a body being discovered in the sitting-room of Miss Millicent Pebmarsh. Earlier, as she returned home she heard her clock cuckooing three times just as she came to the gate. According to Inspector Hardcastle all the other clocks were set just over an hour fast ...more
Diane
The story starts off strangely enough. Sheila Webb, a typist, gets a call to go to 19 Wilbraham Crescent to do a typing job for a Miss Pebmarsh, who has specifically asked for her. Sheila thinks this odd because she has never heard of Miss Pebmarsh or this address before. When Sheila arrives, there is no one home, so she goes in like she was instructed:

"It was an ordinary quite pleasant sitting room, a little overfurnished for modern tastes. The only thing at all remarkable about it was the prof
...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

I was procrastinating taking a break last Saturday on my NaNoWriMo novel (I won, by the way, yay!), and I found a book report I submitted for my English class back in senior year in high school (2001-2002). I was already a reader then, but I stuck mostly to series and only a few serious novels, so a book report for a project was easy for me. This was an excuse to buy a brand new book, and I decided to choose something that is outside of my normal genre to try it out
...more
Nora Sabrina Sirait
M. Poirot yang tua sedang kebosanan.
Bagiku membayangkan Poirot tua itu aneh. Aku selalu membayangkan Poirot penuh vitalitas, jadi setiap novel yang mendeskripsikan Poirot sudah tua (Curtain, Orient Express, Three Act Tragedy, termasuk the Clock), aku merasa Poirot tidak cocok menjadi tua.
Mungkin, karena watak Poirot yang sebenarnya penuh semangat. Walau Poirot seperti kucing gemuk pemalas yang kerjanya duduk-duduk dan main puzzle sambil memecahkan kasus. Tapi Poirot selalu dipenuhi semangat unt
...more
Bloody Otaku
First of all , this is the first book that I've read from Agatha Christie because I can't stand detective stories (because of the huge amount of episodes of detective shows that I watched since childhood till recent years) but I decided to give this book a try because its title attracted me & because my mum is a huge fan of Agatha since she was young & she recommend me to read some of her books !

But in the end it turned out to be even worse than what I'd expected & so disappointing &
...more
Jean
I reread this book recently. Although it features Hercules Poirot, he plays a sedentary and passive role in this murder mystery, although he still manages to solve the mystery without meeting any of the main protagonists.

The book was written in the early sixties and involves the murder of an unknown man whose body is discovered by Sheila Webb, sent on an assignment to the house from the secretarial bureau she is working for. Colin, a young secret service agent assumes the role of the absent Cap
...more
David
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
viviana
Devo ammettere che, come tutti i libri di Agatha Christie, mi è piaciuto, ma l'eccezione sta in altro. La storia non mi ha affascinata particolarmente, insomma la storia della donna che aveva una sorella era impensabile, compreso il fatto che nessuno fosse adirato con Sheila. Far trovare una ragazza innocente nella casa di una signora cieca a farle scoprire il cadavere fa pensare a ben altro. Ma credo che anche questo è Agatha Christie, mistero fino alle ultime pagine del libro che spinge a non ...more
Donna
I haven't read a lot of books by Agatha Christie. The two that I have read, seem to roll along at a steady pace. I liked this book. The plot was well thought out. The author does that well. I did have some problems with a few of the characters. There were so many similarities among them, I often wondered, why so many of them were needed when they shared all the same characteristics.
Kate
For those whose HP is always Poirot and not Potter, this is a great installment. A weird murder involving a dead man found in a blind woman's house with four strange clocks reading 4:13, a reluctant spy and a young shorthand typist as our Young Love couple, a thoughtful police inspector and Poirot offering a solution from afar based upon his trashy mystery habit. Lots of odd stereotypical characters and a clever reason for all of them - Christie making fun of Christie and of her own imitators, w ...more
Leslie
I've really missed reading a really good Agatha Christie mystery. So glad I've returned back to read more of her novels. I sense a Agatha Christie binge coming on.
Melanie
Another gem from the great Ms Christie. I had worked out the who but not the how or why.
Elaine
Too many characters. Too many points of view. Not enough Hercule. Brilliant mystery.
Shelby Lee
One of my favorite things to do when reading an Agatha Christie book is to try to figure out who the culprit is. I'm sure many people enjoy doing this and might be part of the popularity behind mystery novels. We like to apply ourselves, try to puzzle it out, see if we can beat the author to the reveal.

Most of the time I feel like Christie gives enough information for the reader to follow the mystery completely, and possibly figure it out beforehand. It's always fun to look back after finishing
...more
Debbie
"The Clocks" is a historical mystery set in 1963 in England (though of course it was written as a contemporary mystery).

This was a clue-based puzzle mystery. Yet it felt to me like the author went back after finishing and changed whodunit and why. Some clues that hint certain things as a part of the original storyline turn out to be false. Yet conclusions based on those clues are spoken as fact at the end even though they no longer have a basis. Some actions that make sense in one storyline are
...more
Keiran Thegreat
An interesting and clever mystery featuring Poirot. I will avoid mentioning the murder, clues or solution to avoid spoilers, but will mention some plot elements that relate more to style than the main plot.
This story features Poirot but not as the central character, he is consulted by the main character to aid in the solving of a murder mystery. Poirot features more in later sections of the story, but if you were wanting to read a novel about Poirot there are possibly better choices. This is no
...more
Michael A
I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. It's not very plausible at all. Somehow we have two spies and three murderers in the same block of apartment buildings. Somehow all these people co-exist independently not knowing of each other's existence. Also, there's too much information in the book freely given by one person -- a little girl with a broken leg in a constant state of boredom. One is reminded of the photographer in Rear Window. Furthermore, fo
...more
Elizabeth
This is a review where I really wish that there were half-stars. My head is saying 3 stars, but my Poirot-loving heart says 4. I ended up going with a "3" because when all is said and done, Poirot is barely in The Clocks. This was my re-read of this book, and he is in the book much less than I remembered. He seems added in later as if Christie's editors were like "can't we make this a Poirot book?"

I did like Colin and Det. Hardcastle (Dick Hardcastle is a pretty tough name to beat!). There is so
...more
Grant Trevarthen
Although I have seen Agatha Christie books at my home and at the local Library, this is the first one I've actually read.
I was intrigued by the characters who were described so well as to be life life like.

And how the plot ws layered and built up to the climax,which to me was unexpected.
And the presence of Hercule Poirot added spice and a cosmopolitan aspect to the story, I must admit, I had David Suchet, in my mind, and that was the ultimate icing on a very rich cake.
Kaushal
It has been almost a year since I last read Christie. Mostly because the Poirot novels, though individually great, tend to feel rather repetitive if read too many too soon. Nevertheless, browsing around when I saw the book on Goodreads, I was intrigued.

So I decided to give it a shot. And it wasn't bad. The murder was indeed exceptionally baffling, with there being absolutely no seeming motive, suspect, an unidentified victim, and the aforementioned mysterious clocks. It would've been fun to watc
...more
Sophie
I prefer the Agatha Christie novels written in the 30s but this one, written in the 60s, was still an enjoyable story. The set-up and resolution were appropriately convoluted, and I appreciated how Christie managed to make Poirot central to the story even as his role in the action was very much in the background. The reader, Robin Bailey, had an unusual delivery, but once I got used to it, I liked it. It suited the mostly masculine tone of the story. Nicely done all around.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
2015 Reading Chal...: The Clocks by Agatha Christie (1963) 4 14 Jul 30, 2015 01:33PM  
Agatha Christie L...: May 2016 - The Clocks 1 7 Aug 15, 2014 08:37PM  
Teen Critic: The Clocks by Agatha Christie---->Start Date August 20th 20 27 Oct 25, 2013 06:29PM  
  • Final Curtain (Roderick Alleyn, #14)
  • Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #2)
  • Pearls Before Swine (Albert Campion Mystery #12)
  • Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days
  • Gambit (Nero Wolfe, #37)
  • The Franchise Affair (Inspector Alan Grant, #3)
123715
Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880
...more
More about Agatha Christie...

Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 43 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
  • Black Coffee (Hercule Poirot, #7)
  • Peril at End House (Hercule Poirot, #8)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule Poirot, #9)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)
And Then There Were None Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1) Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)

Share This Book

“It is clear that the books owned the shop rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down.” 206 likes
“To every problem, there is a most simple solution.” 148 likes
More quotes…