Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent - not the body of a middle-aged man sprawled across the living room floor. But when old Miss Pebmarsh denies sending for her in the first place, or of owning all the clocks that surround the body, it's clear that they are going to need a very good detective.
"This crime is so complicated that it must be quite simple," declares Hercule Poirot. But there's a murderer on the loose, and time is ticking away.
©1963 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers
The thing about this book is that it drags a little. And there's really very little of Hercule Poirot in it. Hugh Frasier is very good. His Poirot is almost indistinguishable from David Suchet's, probably from all those years playing opposite each other in the movies.
Not that I would dare to think I could improve on Christie, but in this instance I felt it could have moved a lot faster, and I felt that the central character - who was not actually Poirot, so calling it a Hercules Poirot mystery is misleading - was not as worldy as he was supposed to be. In fact, he felt rather flat. I just didn't care what happened with him.
This is a particularly lightweight mystery, pleasant but not really interesting or compelling. Hugh Fraser narrated it well, however, and I won't hesitate to download another book with him as a reader.
Of course, I love Agatha Christie
The plot is great, but there is very little Poirot in comparison to other novels, and his little peculiarities is the number one reason I enjoy Agatha Christie so much.
A super story and wonderful performance by Hugh Fraser... One of Christie's best novels, perfect company for an afternoon!!
Hugh Fraser is great, with a wide range of characters and accents.
too bad the story is overworked and drawn out. never really felt that interested in getting to the answer.
As always, an excellent book by Christie. I am happy to say this is the first book I've read of hers where I correctly guessed the murderer. Fraser does an outstanding job with all the voices. Far better than any movie version.
The Clocks, one of Agatha Christie's later novels, is a fun mix of her signature style mystery with intrigue and Cold War spies thrown in for good measure. Sometimes, I'd have to go back and listen to a chapter again to make sure I was catching all the hints being dropped along the way. The ending was a surprise, which made listening until the end a pleasure. Hugh Fraser is my favorite reader of Agatha Christie novels. I recommend this to all Christie fans.
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