The Clocks (Hercule Poirot Series)

The Clocks (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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Time is ticking away for a murderer in Agatha Christie’s classic, The Clocks, as Hercule Poirot investigates the strange case of a corpse surrounded by numerous timepieces in a blind woman’s house.

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.

“This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple,” declares Poirot. But there’s a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073815
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series , #34
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 89,243
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


Home schooling

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The Clocks (Hercule Poirot Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is more than difficult to pre figure the outcome of a Agatha Christie novels. That is only part of the fun in such a great author. No wonder she is not only the Queen of the mystery writers but the best selling writer of all time.
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wookietim More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The mystery is simple but sseeing the answer is almost impossible... definitely recommended for any fan of Poirot and Christie.
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This is one of Poirot's baffling and unique cases of his career. The murder of a mysterious stranger set in a blind schoolteacher's house with five clocks set at 4:13 and the crime discovered by a typist who was requested to come to the house. I love the suburban neighborhood of Wilbraham Crescent during the 1960's. The neighbors (and possible killers) are great too. It has humor, romance between two important characters, suspense, intrigue, three murders, and a very clever solution to this unusual case with amazing twists and just like I was you will be amazed by the killer's identity and motive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and another book at the same time. I started the other book first and it was really interesting. Then I started this book when I was about half way through the other one because I like to read two books at once. I completely forgot about the other book! I couldn't stop reading this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
whoa!!! you think the crime is the one that takes up 98% of the book but wow, take sometime to reread the end of the book and think. you are so wrong!! you will LOVE this book for sure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, however my favorite Agatha Christie novel is still 'And then there were none'. Read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful!!! Poirot didn't appear in it as much as in the other novels, but it was great none the less.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is One of My favorite Poirot Novels.The Setting was Great.The Story was Never Dull.
tulikangaroo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A light, pleasurable read - not enough Poirot, however!
ForeignCircus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a Christie fan since 8th grade and have read them all so many times that I always remember whodunit. Nevertheless, I find them a relaxing and enjoyable read when I'm taking a break from more weighty fiction. This offering is not one of my favorites, mostly because Hercules Poirot, though he makes an appearance, is not central to the story which focuses instead on a young friend of his who finds himself pulled into a murder mystery when he is investigating a case of espionage. The mystery itself is quite enjoyable and the solution satisfying as always; I just prefer to snuggle in with Poirot or Miss Marple when I have the chance. 4 stars.
riida on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i remember a few years back, i made a conscious decision not to read agatha christie books the way i eat pop corn...they are that special to me, and i was afraid of running out of christie books before my appetite is satisfied.just finished 'clocks', and i'm so glad that it has lived up to my memories of a proper christie novella :)an unidentified man is found dead in a blind lady's sitting room by typist-for-hire Sheila Webb. The blind lady, Mrs. Pebmarsh, denies knowing the dead guy. in fact, she denies knowing Sheila Webb, and even denies hiring a typist at all. and just to make things a bit more interesting, six different clocks were found in the same room as the dead guy, and four of them points to the wrong time!someone connected to the investigation decides to bring the case to his retired friend far away in london, hercule poirot, who has always boasted that "it was perfectly possible to lie back in one's chair, just think about it all, and come up with the answer."upon first hearing the details of the case, poirot declares matter of factly, "One thing is certain. It must be a very simple crime." red herrings galore! vintage christie! :D
Daniel.Estes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Agatha Christie mystery is branded as a Hercule Poirot novel but that's a little misleading. Poirot doesn't make an appearance until almost halfway through, and once he does, he's in more of a supporting role. Agent Colin Lamb is the narrator here and he is aided chiefly by Inspector Hardcastle, and somewhat lesser by Poirot himself.The plot is well thought out and intriguing, and I expect that from Agatha Christie, but the lack of appearances by Poirot made it less enjoyable. Listening to Poirot figure out the crime and ultimately walking us through his thought process just barely made the whole effort worth it for me.
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another entry in my cool down with AC summer reading challenge. I read this ahead of viewing the Masterpiece Movie which aired last Sunday. The set up was very much like Three Act Tragedy, my least favorite AC read so far. Hercule Poirot was again a peripheral character who was in the novel very little. He just show up in the end to call everyone stupid and solve the mystery. Also like Three Act, this story had a lot of characters to keep track of and a quick solution to the mystery. It was actually two mysteries and like the AC mysteries I've read before, everything is summed up on the last two to three pages. This book is slightly better for me than Three Act just because I liked the characters better. The mystery certainly starts off intriguing enough, how did a dead man come to be found on a blind woman's floor with four clocks in a room that had never been there before? I did not figure out the solution but this wasn't one of the books that kept me on the edge of my seat. There were also references to communism that was an important issue in Chrisite's time but are out of my reference field. I think all of his AC is worth a read although this did not rank in my favorites. I'll watch the movie now and see that if that clarifies things further.
Tess22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over the years, when discussing this book with friends and family, I've found this book to be one of the most polarizing in the Christie canon. Much like "The Big Four", people either love it or loath it. Personally, I love it. As you read it, it appears to quickly grow more and more complicated. The initial murder seems really intricate, and additional murders add to the confusion. Toss in the potential MI6-type complications indicated by Lamb, and the whole thing seems a right big mess. Enter, Poirot. Using a very deft touch, Christie brings in Poirot to give a gentle reminder to Lamb (and so to the reader) to stop and take a breath. Think about what has been said, sometimes repeatedly, by various people. You soon realize there may be 2 distinct crimes within what, initially, seemed to be 1 giant mess. Patterns are key. The little grey cells prevail.
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