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The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #34)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  15,789 Ratings  ·  695 Reviews
Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent—not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it’s clear that they are going to need a very good detective.

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Paperback, 297 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Harper (first published November 7th 1963)
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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
Fiona MacDonald
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Started off so well! I loved the strange, eeriness of the murder and the characters were all so peculiar. I was really aiming high for the grand finale, but at the end it all tumbled out within 10 or so pages and was a bit of a disappointment, added to which, Poirot was conspicuous by his absence for the majority of the book which was a shame. I assume Christie was by now getting a bit sick of writing wonderful plots for her marvellous creation and so was trying to keep him 'away' whilst other c ...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
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Issa Deerbany
جثة في بيت عمياء ومكتشفة الجثة فتاة اختزال تذهب الى البيت عن طريق مكالمة هاتفية ثم تبين ان صاحبة الشقة لم تقم بهذا الاتصال.
هيركيول بوارو يكتشف القاتل بدون ان يشارك في التحقيقات وهو جالس في مكتبه.
لم استمتع بها اعتقد بسبب سوء الترجمة من يحب قراءتها يبحث عن طبعة اخرى .
David Schaafsma
“Everything makes sense. Everything.”—Poirot

The Clocks is Hercules Poirot #34, and I feel like I am sort of limping to the finish here, reading them in order. This one features the “mature” writing of Christie, a book published in 1963, 43 years after her first Poirot, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920! She knew no one I life as well as Poirot at this point, and it was my now a resigned relationship, with love and hate and resentment all present at times. Which is perhaps why Po
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Lata
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though Poirot makes only little appearances in this story, it's worth it to hear the detective's take on various mystery stories and their authors. Not to mention Poirot gets to exercise his "little grey cells" from home when the narrator of this mystery, Charles Lamb, takes the facts as he knows them to Poirot, in an effort to both enliven Poirot's day and to stump the Belgian detective. Ha! This is Poirot, and Lamb should have had more faith, as Poirot deduces the solution to the case involvin ...more
Veronique
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“One gets infected, it is true, by the style of a work that one has been reading.”

Continuing my Agatha Christie odyssey. This is a Poirot story with a difference - our favourite Belgian mastermind is very much in the background, appearing only a couple of times, to direct (or rather baffle) the players and readers, and then obviously sweep in with the solution. Having said this, I rather enjoyed this investigation at the hand of an unknown.

Apart from our crime story, this novel also felt like a
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Irmak
May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5
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 :(
Vavita
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found out who the killer was but not why. Really entertaining
Ririn
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Obsidian
Nov 09, 2015 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
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Andrei Bădică
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impresionantă!
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"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."
I guessed right.

It is something that most of us all do -  guessing the mystery in detective/crime novels. And for the most part, I am wrong and glad to be wrong because I never really want to be right. I always want to be shocked and mind blown and so when a guess is right
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Jaksen
Aug 18, 2016 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
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Eileen
Jan 31, 2009 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
Cathleen
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
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 ^^
Dolly
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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
Cindy
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I usually get excited when I pick up a mystery by Agatha Christie. The Clocks was a little disappointing, not my favorite. The storytelling was a little dull. Not much of the red herrings you usually find in an Agatha Christie story. A man was found stabbed to death in a blind lady's house. Someone had left 4 clocks all set an hour ahead to 4;13. I kept waiting for Poirot to show up in the story. You have to read 50 percent of the book, then he just makes a small appearance. I got bored, after t ...more
Noella  Van Looy
Dit verhaal heb ik ook in de tv serie gezien. Een meisje van een uitzendbureau, Sheila Webb, wordt gevraagd als stenotypiste bij een blinde dame, met de instructie dat ze al maar moet binnen gaan als de dame nog niet thuis is. Bij het binnentreden van het huis ziet Sheila een vermoorde man op de vloer liggen. Wie is het en wie is de moordenaar?

Zo begint dit verhaal. Poirot komt er niet veel aan te pas, naar het einde toe lost hij de zaak op zo te zeggen vanuit zijn luie stoel. Het zijn inspecteu
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Grace
This is only the second Christie book I've ever read, but I was not impressed. The story itself was good and the mystery and the clues were very intriguing. But the ending came as a surprise to me - but not a good surprise. Even after all was revealed, I still didn't find it quite believable, based on the clues that had been laid out during the course of the book. Also, this was a Poirot mystery, but he was hardly in it. However, he was the one who solved the crime even though he wasn't present ...more
Anne Novita Nova Riyanty
Suka sekali sama alurnya, walaupun di sini Poirot hanya muncul sepintas lalu
Jo
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick read! Entertaining, but probably one of my least favorite Christie books I've read so far.
Diane
Dec 28, 2014 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
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Richard Derus
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

Oi vey. The book! It cannot be described as anything but a fiendishly overcomplicated brain-sprainingly coincidence-laden exercise in Nero Wolfe-ian showoffiness.

I mean really, challenging Poirot to solve the case from an armchair, sending Colin hither thither and yon to talk to people and then report the talking to stationary Poirot. Shades of Archie. Pfui. Then there is the absolutely astounding hotbed-of-espionage character of Dover! Dover, not the most exciting of England's
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Alyssa Nelson
I haven’t read many Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie, but I’m sure going to start after reading this one! The Clocks starts off with Sheila Webb going to a blind lady’s house to type for her, but instead, she finds a murdered man in the salon! What’s even stranger is that clocks not belonging to the blind woman were left in the old woman’s house. This was a complicated mystery, having lots of twists and turns and didn’t end at all how I expected it to end.

While this is a Poirot mystery, Poiro
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Helen
Oct 20, 2012 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
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 39 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)
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