The Clocks (Hercule Poirot Series)

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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.
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Overview

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.
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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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425173916
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Hercule Poirot Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

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. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Not too good...2.5 stars.

    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....

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    Another winner for any mystery fan!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    A bizarre and complexing mystery confusing everyone except of course Poirot

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

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    Couldn't put it down.

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    Amazing!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    Bloody Brilliant!

    I loved this book, however my favorite Agatha Christie novel is still 'And then there were none'. Read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2003

    Slow!!!

    This book is extremly boring compare to her other ones! It's slow and the ending does not make too much sense. It's probably the worst one by her. Very disappointing

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    A MUST READ!!!!

    This book was wonderful!!! Poirot didn't appear in it as much as in the other novels, but it was great none the less.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    All right

    This book was alittle bit boring. Not as good as the others.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    I've Read better Poirot Mysteries

    At points the book was extremly uninteresting and it lacked the usual twists and turns of Poirot books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2000

    One of the Best of Poirot

    This is One of My favorite Poirot Novels.The Setting was Great.The Story was Never Dull.

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