Book review: The clocks (Agatha Christie)

Title: The clocks
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Center point large print


Sheila Webb was a stenographer. One day she was instructed to visit Miss Pebmarsh for an assignment. Instead of seeing Miss Pebmarsh, she saw the body of a dead man in the living room. In her statement to the police Sheila Webb remembered hearing the cuckoo clock announcing 3pm. But the other clocks were found to be unwound and showing the time as 4:13. Another strange thing was Miss Pebmarsh insisted those other clocks did not belong to her.


Inspector Hardcastle was tasked to solve the case. He asked Colin Lamb to join him in the investigation. Both men interviewed the neighbours but found no witnesses and no one suspicious. No one saw the deceased entering the house. No one knew the deceased. Colin Lamb decided to bring the case to Hercule Poirot to challenge the latter’s claim that a crime can be solved by lying back on a chair and thinking about it all.


This is an interesting story though not among the best of Agatha Christie’s works. There are actually 2 unrelated cases, and Agatha Christie had joined them very nicely into 1 story. Though it is supposed to be a Hercule Poirot mystery, he did not appear until the story is halfway through. The most interesting part is Hercule Poirot solved the mystery without visiting the crime scenes nor interviewing the suspects.


PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.






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