2008: 198. The Clocks

“The afternoon of the 9th of September was exactly like any other afternoon. None of those who were to be concerned in the events of that day could lay claim to having had a premonition of disaster.”

The Clocks, Agatha Christie

To my mind, this is not one of Dame Agatha’s best efforts.  It has a pretty good opening scene - a girl is hired by as a secretary.  When she shows up there is a dead man in the room, and four clocks on the mantelpiece, and the owner of the house is a blind woman who has never seen the man - nor the clocks! (Shade of her Seven Dials, with all those clocks).  A man passing by just happens to be a member of the British Secret Service (who passes as a marine biologist) looking into an espionage ring nearbye.  He takes an interest (the secretary is quite pretty), and since he can’t solve it, he brings his old friend Hercule Poirot on board.  As I have said before, I never really like Christie’s spy type novels that much, and this one has that same spy element - they just don’t convince me the way her nice cozy murders do.  Poirot completists will like it, but other than that, I’m not much of a fan...

Date/Place Completed: 11/26/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-Read, Agatha Christie Project

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