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The Clocks

(Hercule Poirot #37)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  26,454 ratings  ·  1,285 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 dead man sprawled across the living-room floor.

What intrigued Poirot about the case was the time factor. Although in a state of shock, Sheila clearly remembered having heard a cuckoo clock strike 3.00. Yet, the four other
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Published April 16th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers Limited (first published November 7th 1963)
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Megan <spoiler>1. We aren't told who her father is because that's irrelevant information, we don't meet him in the story and he has nothing to do with the a…more<spoiler>1. We aren't told who her father is because that's irrelevant information, we don't meet him in the story and he has nothing to do with the actual plot.

2. Yes. It's not "tied down" because again, it doesn't need to be. We're told Sheila's mother is Lawton's sister, and we're told Pebmarsh is Sheila's mother therefore Pebmarsh is Lawton's sister, what's to tie down? That particular relationship is also relatively irrelevant.</spoiler>(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Clocks (Hercule Poirot #37), Agatha Christie

The Clocks is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published 1963.

The novel is notable for the fact that Poirot never visits any of the crime scenes or speaks to any of the witnesses or suspects. He is challenged to prove his claim that a crime can be solved by the exercise of the intellect alone. Sheila Webb, a typist at Miss Martindale's agency, arrives at her afternoon appointment at Wilbraham Crescent in Crowdean, Sussex.

Jim Fonseca
A Hercule Poirot mystery. A young woman stenographer is requested to come to an elderly blind woman’s house to take dictation. She is told if the woman is not home when she arrives, to enter the unlocked door and wait in the dining room. When she does so, she encounters a dead man and she runs screaming from the house into the arms of a passer-by.

The man passing by turns out to be a cold-war spy who is good friends with the head detective investigating the murder case. So the investigation is c
Henry Avila
This Hercule Poirot murder mystery is rather unusual, since he isn't in it very much. Monsieur Poirot is old, five feet four inches (1.625 meters), but with a certain presence that belies his diminutive stature. And spends the few pages he appears in at his London apartment, rich yet 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 typical ...more
My dear Dame Agatha Christie, I love your mysteries. However I would like us to agree on something. You keep adding Poirot to a good mystery as an afterthought and I will keep give 3 stars to such books. Do we have a deal?

The mystery is good, have no doubts. A girl from a typing bureau Sheila Webb was hired by a blind woman to help her.
The instructions for the former were to come in if the door was unlocked and proceed straight to sitting room. Sheila followed them to the letter only to find a
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Clocks, by Agatha Christie. It was a very short read, and I caught myself binge reading, flipping through the pages while enjoying myself.

I couldn't ask for more. The crime setting reminded me of an Ellery Queen mystery whose title escapes my memory for now. The start was full of unanswered questions, it was so full of mystery.

For once I didn't mind the fact that Poirot appears so little in the book. I thought the author juggled a lot of the facts to her heart's content which resulted in a b
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

I had read this one after all! It didn't sound at all familiar, but I remembered when I started reading (view spoiler)

This isn't one of Christie's best (yet another(view spoiler) but it is a pleasant way to while away the hours. Lots of literary musings of both real & imagined authors.

"I have read also," he said, "some of the early works of Mrs.Ariadne Oliver. She is by wa
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-mystery
Just when I think that Poirot series is taking its toll and I debate whether I should continue or not and decides to settle the question after one more read, Agatha Christie shows that it is not the time to quit and yet and that she has enough in her to amaze us still.

The Clocks is a very interesting and a clever story. It is a story that could only come from the pen of an ingenious writer. Christie combines two plots here, one being the baffling crime mystery and the other is apprehending a "s
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Am I getting bored of Poirot after 3 years or was this just an average book for AC ? I'm hoping it is the latter as I still have a few Poirot novels to go to complete the set.

What do I mean by average, well obviously still good by general standards but average for the Great Lady of Crime. My wife and I recently watched all the Poirot movies with David Suchet and I vaguely remembered the "Clocks" episode, but that didn't spoil it for me.

This books centres on the murder of an un
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
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
Dannii Elle
So, here's the thing. No Christie is a bad Christie but that doesn't mean they are all created equally. This one began in such an intriguing manner - a dead man, a blind woman, a stenographer, and several clocks whose presence no-one can account for - that I felt sure it was about to become a new favourite. What was so initially compelling, however, unravelled too slowly for me to continue with the breathless engagement that I begun this with. This still delivered a wonderful ending that managed ...more
I really, really enjoyed this one. I was laughing as I read because I’ve truly come to enjoy Poirot as a detective. He actually decides to perpetuate an armchair detective in a literal sense in this book. Which means he solves the crime while sitting in an armchair and not on location. He’s also such a drama queen and so extra. He knows it and owns it. I love that.

I also liked the other policemen, and that doesn’t always go for me in the mysteries. I liked Colin and Hardcastle – especially Hardc
Dave Schaafsma
“Everything makes sense. Everything”—Poirot

The Clocks is Hercules Poirot #37, 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 in life as well as Poirot at this point, and it was by now a resigned relationship, with love and hate and resentment all present at times. Which is perhaps why Po
Vikas Singh
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
One of the rare boring Poirot novel. For more than eighty percent of the story Poirot is missing and the actual investigations are being handled by some body else. Suddenly he appears , asks a few questions and solves the case. Unbelievable. It is almost as if Agatha had a brain wave and decided to include Poirot at the last moment. Avoidable
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Trust me I had never given 2 star rating for any of Christie's books so far. I am a huge fan of her mysteries. And this 2 star book is definitely better than a lot of 3 star books I had rated. I gave it 2 stars because it was not one of her best works. So compared to her other books, this one falls short.

The beginning of the novel is very thrilling and the readers are all excited about 'The Clocks' which comprise the title of the book and is a significant factor in the murder mystery. But as we
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
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
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beware the Necromancer,he is not what he seems!- Hobbit,Tolkien.
Elizabeth (Alaska)
As an installment in Christie's Poirot series, this was far from what I expected. It is written alternately in third person omniscient and in first person. The first person narrator is Colin Lamb, a person who happens along in a timely fashion just as Sheila Webb discovers a dead body. As serendipity would have it, although not with the police, he is good friends with Chief Inspector Hardcastle. Colin Lamb is also friends with Poirot, to whom he eventually brings details of the case. Poirot seem ...more
Bill Lynas
It's 1963 & legendary Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is investigating a murder. Well, let's be honest, the police conduct the investigation & Poirot eventually turns up half way through the book.
Christie supplies us with a murder, plenty of suspects & even a bit of espionage in this enjoyable story. There are, as always, some deftly handled moments of Christie humour amongst the more serious moments. There's an especially delightful chapter in which Poirot discusses the merits of crime writers
Susan in NC
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun Agatha Christie outing! I remember seeing the dramatization starring David Suchet as Poirot, but I could not remember anything about the plot. I listenEd to the Hugh Fraser narration audiobook (always a pleasure), alternating with the Kindle Ebook.

Once again, as with our last Christie book (Cat Among the Pigeons), there is a Cold War spy angle, and again, Poirot is somewhat in the background until well into the action. There is also a rather convenient coincidence – young Colin La
Bodosika Bodosika
This was the first Agatha Christie book I have read and enjoyed but I have also read one or two before now.
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
Sara G
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
What a good audio book! And a quality mystery. I haven't listened to a mystery book on audio before and I think parts of it were a bit hard to follow but, honestly, Agatha Christie's books are engaging but in essence simple so it wasn't an issue. ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found out who the killer was but not why. Really entertaining
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read it long ago. In fact i plodded through though i lost interest. I usually don't complete boring books but this was from Agatha.

I girl working for a typing agency is sent by her boss to a blind lady house for a job. The boss got the order on phone and was asked for a specific girl. The girl goes there and finds a corpse of a dead man who was stabbed. She runs outside screaming and a passerby consoles her. She saw her clock in house alongside other clocks. The Stranger happens to know lead
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great beginning, decent middle, atrocious end. Absolutely uncalled for and unexplained coincidences.

For the afficionado, this book contains Christie's (Poirot's) views on detective fiction, English and American including this:

"‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,’ he murmured lovingly, and even uttered reverently the one word, ‘Maître!’

‘Sherlock Holmes?’ I asked.

‘Ah, non, non, not Sherlock Holmes! It is the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that I salute. These tales of Sherlock Holmes are in reali
Ririn Aziz
Feb 03, 2013 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!
Cristina Argetoianu
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, owned
Rating: 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is my first Agatha Christie book and I loved it, the story is just so gripping and and in the end you realize you should have seen the signs as well. I loved the writing. Even though Hercule Poirot is not very present in this one, it is still very enjoyable and mysterious. If you like stories similar to the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s give Agatha’s books a try.
I enjoyed this on several levels, but found a discussion of American crime writers interesting and I tried to equate Christie's fake names with their actual American equivalents. Christie writes that American crime novels are far less atmospheric and far more violent than English crime novels (absolutely true, imo). She takes aim at the massive booze consumption in American novels, then follows up with:
"...I came back here and I gave myself a medicinal dose of b
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