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The Clocks (1963)

by Agatha Christie

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The Clocks – Agatha Christie
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4 stars

This is the 33rd Hercule Poirot book. It’s just amazing how long Poirot continued to detect and how little he aged over the years. He was a retired, police detective and World War one refugee in the initial 1920, The Mysterious Affair as Styles, and here he is again, exercising his little grey cells in 1963. Poirot is presumably quite elderly at this point, so Christie provides him with a younger counterpart, Colin Lamb, to carry out the strenuous aspects of the investigation. Poirot moves from his comfortable London apartment only for the final dénouement. While Poirot solves the domestic murder form a comfortable distance, Colin Lamb continues in his original purpose of exposing a cold war spy. The two investigations are nicely intertwined with another of Christie’s unlikely love stories.
It isn’t the convoluted mystery that makes the story so enjoyable; it’s Agatha Christie’s atmospheric commentary. She takes a poke at other authors, “He was a notable example of the fact that nothing can be duller than dull pornography.” And she comments on cold war policy,“ Nowadays one gets to feeling that nothing is really secret. We know Their secrets and They know our secrets. Our agents are often Their agents, too, and Their agents are very often our agents.”



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This story also includes an illegitimate child who was raised by an aunt while her intellectual mother provides for her care at a physical and emotional distance. I wondered if this wasn't Agatha Christie to taking a low shot at Dorothy Sayers.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
A dead man is found on the floor of a blind woman's home. She is unaware of who he is or how he came to be there. None of the neighbors appear to know anything...or do they? Hercule Poirot listens to the clues from his armchair and assists in solving the mystery. Very good book! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
3.5***

Hercule Poirot takes a somewhat minor role here, while Inspector Hardcastle and Colin Lamb take the lead.

A young woman stenographer/typist is specifically requested at No. 19. She’s instructed to come in if no one answers the door and to wait in the sitting room. She arrives just a couple of minutes early, and waits as instructed. When the cuckoo clock strikes three she goes over to it to inspect it more closely, which is when she discovers the body of a man who has been stabbed. She runs screaming from the house just as the owner, a blind woman, arrives from her shopping, and she runs right into Colin Lamb who just happened to be walking past looking for another address. Who is the dead man? Who murdered him? Why? How is the girl involved? Why didn’t the neighbors see anything?

As usual there are red herrings everywhere and a double plot involving an international spy ring. Lamb goes to his good friend Hercule Poirot, who is suffering boredom in retirement, with the challenges of the case. Poirot has claimed he can solve the case just sitting in his chair (as long as someone else has done the leg work and brings him the clues). Of course, Poirot is as good as his word.

The book was written in 1963 so there is the specter of Communism and the cold war here, which makes it quite dated, but Christie is a master and I really enjoy going along for the ride.
I listened to the audio book, expertly narrated by Robin Bailey. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 14, 2016 |
A young typist becomes a suspect in a dramatic case. Hercule Poirot gets involved, and uses his brains and logic to solve the puzzle - which, as so often, left me mystified until the murderer was unmasked. Very cleverly written. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
An interesting whodunit, but not one of Agatha Christie's best. ( )
  cazfrancis | Oct 16, 2015 |
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The little Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has a problem - four clocks, all set at 4:13 and left at the scene of a murder. The witnesses are a blind woman, a young secretary, and an innocent passerby,
Poirot must solve this case in time, before another life is lost.
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tick tock who is dead
neighborhood of prime suspects
red herrings to boot
(hardboiled)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425173917, Mass Market Paperback)

The Queen of Crime clocks in with a classic of untimely demise.

At her new job, Sheila Webb finds a corpse surrounded by five clocks, each set to a different time. Fortunately, Hercule Poirot has nothing but time to piece together one of his most puzzling cases.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:33 -0400)

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Hercule Poirot, the relentless Belgian detective, investigates when a body is found in Miss Millicent Pebmarsh's sitting room with four strange clocks set at 4:13.

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