Four clocks surround an unidentified corpse in a blind woman's house, and a young typist is summoned to the crime scene. However, Poirot is convinced that the complicated setup is merely hiding a simpler solution.
Investigating a spy-ring, Lt. Colin Race comes to Wilbraham Crescent, where he literally bumps into agency typist Sheila Webb, as she comes flying out of number 19, the home of blind receptionist Millicent Pebmarsh. Sheila has discovered the body of a man whose identity proves hard to confirm, surrounded by four clocks, stopped at the same time. Miss Pebmarsh does not know the man and did not ask for the services of Sheila, who is the initial chief suspect. However, as Poirot is brought in to assist Inspector Hardcastle in the case, and the murderer strikes again, Poirot comes to realize that the man was killed elsewhere and brought to Miss Pebmarsh's house. The neighbors claim to have seen nothing but Poirot believes one of them may have had a secret which was worth killing for and sets out to unmask them, as well as explaining the significance, if any, of the clocks. At the same time, Colin solves his investigation with Poirot's help. Written by
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Hercule Poirot is approached by a friend, Lieutenant Colin Race of the Royal Navy, to help investigate a murder. Lt Race works in a secret base under Dover Castle. His colleague and girlfriend died while investigating a German spy ring and in his investigations of the ring he stumbles across a murder. A body has been found in the house of a blind woman, Ms Pebmarsh, but nobody, including the blind woman, knows his identity. Lt Race is convinced the murder is linked to the spy ring. The chief suspect is a typist, Sheila Webb, who discovered the body. The more Poirot delves, the murkier things seem.
Interesting, intriguing story with some great twists and red herrings. Has the usual murder mystery element but adds a military and espionage angle, which makes things more interesting.
Not perfect though. The best Poirots are the ones where you have enough information to work out the murderer yourself, if you think hard enough. This is one of those where you don't know enough - the backstory that informs the plot is hidden until the very end. Still quite interesting though.
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