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The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #34)

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Four strange clocks, all set to 4:13, had appeared in Miss Pebmarsh's sitting room. Who had brought them, and why?
Mass Market Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 3rd 1979 by Pocket Books (first published November 7th 1963)
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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)
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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
May 09, 2016 Irmak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
İlk defa bir Agatha kitabına bu kadar düşük puan veriyorum. Bu beni de bayağı bir şaşırtsa da bu kitabı pek sevemedim. Çok fazla tesadüfi olayların olması beni rahatsız etti. Üstelik canım Poirot'nun sahneye çıkmasını çok uzun süre beklemek beni üzdü :(
Mar 09, 2015 Ririn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great tale from the queen of crimes! 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!
Nov 10, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what it is. I am either blown away by Christie or totally underwhelmed by her books. There is never a really nice happy medium I am finding. I think one good thing about reading all of these books back to back like this is that I am able to pick up on plots that Christie has used previously.

I can now see why it took so long for my library to track down this book and make it available to me. It's not that a compelling read of a Hercule Poirot book. One wonders if Christie was playing
Jan 31, 2009 Eileen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim Kaso
Jun 10, 2016 Kim Kaso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I continue apace with my quest to read (& reread) my way all the way through Agatha Christie's body of work. This I remembered visually from the series with David Suchet, I remembered the body behind the couch, the blind woman, and the clocks. I must rewatch it soon, I feel as if they dealt with it differently from the book. I tore through it in less than 24 hours, a Friday night after a massage and a lengthy dinner out with my husband. Life does not get much better at my age. One of her cla ...more
Aug 22, 2016 Jaksen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read.

I'd read a lot of Christie's books many years ago and now feel I need to 'revisit' a few. At one time I carried a Christie book everywhere I went; I kept one in my car. I had one at school (I was a teacher) and read a little each day during 'silent reading period,' a 15-20 minute time period in the middle of the day set aside just for reading. (Even though I taught science I held to this reading time religiously and no student had better ask for a bathroom pass while I was r
Nhi Nguyễn
Sách hơi dài, nhưng là độ dài hơi gây chán một tí, do những chi tiết và các đoạn hội thoại lằng nhằng không đáng có. Tuy nhiên, càng về cuối thì truyện lại càng hay, đặc biệt là lúc phá án, đúng chất Agatha Christie luôn ^^

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
Sep 09, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I usually enjoy Agatha Christie's novels, especially those with the often insufferable Hercule Poirot. Although Hercule Poirot is a character in this one, he is barely in the novel, away from the scene of the crime, acting as Colin Lamb's advisor, showing how he could solve any crime through his intellect alone. I found many of the characters almost indistinguishable from each other, flat and featureless; the plot was tedious in spots. A dead man, in a blind woman's house, surrounded by numerous ...more
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
Oct 21, 2012 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic, mmxii
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
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
Rachid Aigledusud
sheila weeb discover the body of dead man in house 's miss pebmarsh .the murder surrounded by 6 clocks and care false in his pocket.he was killed with an ordinary kitchen knife .this mystery was actually investigated by a friend of Poirot, Colin Lamb. he interview the neighbours .the dead'sman identity is uknow.porot help his two friends to slove to the problem.the novel closes with two letters from inspetor hardcase to poirot , telling him the police have found all the hard evidence to close ca ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Dagny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrei Bădică
Aug 10, 2016 Andrei Bădică rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fredrick Danysh
Hercule Poirot investigates a case where a body surrounded by clocks has been found in a house. The blind lady who lives there denies sending for the girl who found the body or of owning the clocks.
James Perkins
This book defines everything I don't like about Agatha Christie: a ridiculously convoluted plot about middle class English people talking in unrealistic dialogue with clues that only come late in the story so you can't possibly guess the outcome, and that irritating, arrogant detective Hercule Poirot privy to information that is not given to the reader until he reveals it in his gleeful solution to the case. Christie was certainly inventive, she was no slouch in her plot structure, and she even ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Jan 18, 2016 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another Hercule Poirot novel from Agatha Christie. I do enjoy her plots which always seem to have some kind a twist. In this one Hercule is not on site till the end. He does provide a sounding board to young Mr. Lamb who is part of the investigating team.

A dead man is found by a stenographer who is allegedly called to a blind lady's residence to do some work. The blind lady later denies having called for the stenographer. Who is the dead man? How did he get into the blind lady's residenc
Aug 22, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
An Odd1
Jul 06, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"The Clocks" are red herrings, too confusing to "Like". Prologue starts third-person, then intersperses first-person British agent Colin Lamb, has eccentric characters, like comic-relief cat-lady, but too many - secret service superior Colonel Beck adds another layer of repetition, a resource that cautions his affections, little other insight. Poirot warns to strip the deed to simple essence, avoid flashy flourishes like clocks, recites verses from Alice in Wonderland "The time has come the Walr ...more
Nov 29, 2010 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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
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
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 &
Oct 30, 2011 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2014 Teresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Went to a garage sale and bought the entire Christie collection for $10, because I am both a sucker for a book and a moron for a collection. She is also a well-known mystery author. Although, judging from this book alone, I have no idea as to why. I can only presume it is because she was the first noted female mystery author and has been overly hyped about as such.

Such, such! a stupid novel. Such a crappy story with an even crappier 'twist.'

The characters are far too stereotyped. The writing is
Colin Mitchell
This book was a disappointment for me. The plot started really well with a murder and the clocks but then a spy catcher/secret service element is introduced. The police in the guise of Inspector Hardcastle
starts well until the middle of the book when suddenly Poirot is brought into the story when the inspector appears to give up and suddenly Poirot is telling them who is the perpetrator. All round I found the plot muddled and not well linked together. One of the less interesting Poirot novels.
Jul 27, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-white-square
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