The Clocks (Hercule Poirot Series)

The Clocks (Hercule Poirot Series)

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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When a young secretary, Sheila Webb, is sent to the home of a blind woman on an errand, she is horrified to discover a dead man behind the couch, surrounded by four clocks that have all been stopped at 4:13. The owner arrives home and denies that the clocks belong to her, the deceased's business card turns out to be a fraud, and a woman shows up claiming to be the

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When a young secretary, Sheila Webb, is sent to the home of a blind woman on an errand, she is horrified to discover a dead man behind the couch, surrounded by four clocks that have all been stopped at 4:13. The owner arrives home and denies that the clocks belong to her, the deceased's business card turns out to be a fraud, and a woman shows up claiming to be the dead man's wife. There is only one man who can unravel this complicated case: Hercule Poirot.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“Here is the grand-manner detective story in all its glory.”
Sunday Times (London)
“Christie addicts will cherish this book. Total absorption is guaranteed.”
James Grippando
“Hercule Poirot is one of those rare fictional characters who came to shape my thinking as both a lawyer and a crime novelist.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425173916
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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James Grippando
“Hercule Poirot is one of those rare fictional characters who came to shape my thinking as both a lawyer and a crime novelist.”

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The Clocks (Hercule Poirot Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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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.
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Anonymous 4 months ago
The story was somewhat interesting, though not Christie's best. However, the copy editing left a lot to be desired. In particular, Hercule Poirot's name was consistently spelled as Hercules. That had to be from the ebook conversion. Very annoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a great book if you have difficulty sleeping. it is so boring it will put you to sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title of this book leads one to think of a fast paced action thriller. But that is not so. The clocks were mere ambiguous leads employed by the perpetrator to distract and confuse the investigation of the murder. The plot again hinges on some obscure family ties that was only apparent at the end of the story. None the less, the story is elementary enough that a typical Christie fan can figure out the who-dun-it part about midway through. Kind of like "the ABC Murder".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected more Poirot-mustachioness, but it mostly consists of some kid walking about fetching clues for him. I like how another thing was wraoped up at the end but I feel that there was not so much evidence to support his conclusion. Either of the solutions, really. It begins kind of strong but loses it later on in the book. It would have been better had it entirely been about Poirot, or if it had just blocked out the great detective entirely. Not her best, if you ask me....