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Sheila Webb, typist-for-hire, has arrived at 19 Wilbraham Crescent in the seaside town of Crowdean to accept a new job. What she finds is a well-dressed corpse surrounded by five clocks. Mrs. Pebmarsh, the blind owner of No. 19, denies all knowledge of ringing Sheila's secretarial agency and asking for her by name -- yet someone did. Nor does she own that many clocks. And neither woman seems to know the victim. Colin Lamb, a young intelligence specialist working a case of his own at the nearby naval yard, happens to be on the scene at the time of Sheila Webb's ghastly discovery. Lamb knows of only one man who can properly investigate a crime as bizarre and baffling as what happened inside No. 19 -- his friend and mentor, Hercule Poirot.

Topics: Small Town, Murder, Suspenseful, Multiple Perspectives, England, Spies, Love, Crime, Private Investigators, Female Author, British Author, 20th Century, Cold War, Blindness, 1960s, and Series

Published: HarperCollins on Sep 28, 2004
ISBN: 9780061740503
List price: $5.99
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A young stenographer finds a body in the home of a blind woman in a room with four extra clocks set to 4:13. Things get more interesting when it turns out that the blind woman did not hire the stenographer, no one knows who the dead man is, and more murders are committed. The town’s Detective investigates the case with the help of his friend, a British secret agent, who just so happens to be chummy with Hercule Poirot. Even though this is one of the Hercule Poirot mysteries, he plays a minor role, appearing in only three scenes as an armchair detective. I thought I had the case solved and was growing frustrated by the lapses of the police and secret agent, but I was humbled when the all-knowing Poirot revealed the more complex solution. One thing that detracted from the book was the side case that the secret agent was pursuing, his hunt for Communists. This concern has always been baffling to me, so I can’t take it seriously. But I suppose it was part of the times and necessary to bring his character, and therefore Poirot, into the fold.read more
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Clocks was a bit of a twisty one, every time you turned around the finger happened to be pointing to someone who you didn't want to be guilty. There just 'happened' to be quite a few coincidences in a sleepy little neighborhood, but other than that it was a good read and a good whodunit. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was one of her best, far from it. If your new to Christie I would suggest starting off with a different one.read more
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Hercule Poirot made a surprise appearance.Brilliant
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A young stenographer finds a body in the home of a blind woman in a room with four extra clocks set to 4:13. Things get more interesting when it turns out that the blind woman did not hire the stenographer, no one knows who the dead man is, and more murders are committed. The town’s Detective investigates the case with the help of his friend, a British secret agent, who just so happens to be chummy with Hercule Poirot. Even though this is one of the Hercule Poirot mysteries, he plays a minor role, appearing in only three scenes as an armchair detective. I thought I had the case solved and was growing frustrated by the lapses of the police and secret agent, but I was humbled when the all-knowing Poirot revealed the more complex solution. One thing that detracted from the book was the side case that the secret agent was pursuing, his hunt for Communists. This concern has always been baffling to me, so I can’t take it seriously. But I suppose it was part of the times and necessary to bring his character, and therefore Poirot, into the fold.
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Clocks was a bit of a twisty one, every time you turned around the finger happened to be pointing to someone who you didn't want to be guilty. There just 'happened' to be quite a few coincidences in a sleepy little neighborhood, but other than that it was a good read and a good whodunit. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was one of her best, far from it. If your new to Christie I would suggest starting off with a different one.
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Good book as most of Christie's are. This is a little quick at the ending as she tries to finish the book - I would have preferred more story vs. the quick ending. The title does play a roll but I got more out of the characters which are developed well.
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This novel begins with one of Christie's creepiest murder scenes. A young woman arrives at her employer's house to find an unidentified dead man and a room full of stopped clocks. The rest of the book is spend unraveling the mystery of the dead man's identity and his presence in the home. To complicate matters the homeowner is blind, so visual identification is impossible. Before the mystery is solved a young secretary is also murdered, likely in connection with the mystery man. I found the clues offered in this book to be far less subtle than in some of Christie's other mysteries. Indeed, the list of characters at the book's outset gives away a great deal. Ultimately I found the solution to the mystery to be rather odd. Suffice to say that it is very much a product of its time. This is not one of Christie's more haunting efforts, but the reading of it was entertaining nonetheless.
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The Clocks is OK, but not one of her best. There are too many characters involved and the plot goes round in circles. Poirot barely appears, not doing any direct investigating or interviewing, which makes his deduction process less interesting. However there are a few genuine surprises and likeable narrators that redeem it.
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