Last night, Masterpiece Mystery aired The Clocks, the second of the Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot Series 6 movies. The series also includes Three Act Tragedy, and Hallowe’en Party. As part of the Cool Down with AC read/watch-along, I will also be watching a Miss Marple mystery a little bit later in the summer, and I hope you will be joining in. If you missed the movie last night on PBS, make sure you catch it while it’s available to view online!
The Clocks follows the case of Sheila Webb, a young stenographer who goes out on assignment only to be greeted by the eerie scene of clocks strategically placed in the room with a dead body. Fate then delivers her, as she runs screaming out of the building, into the waiting arms of Lieutenant Colin Race who champions her cause and turns to Hercule Poirot for help in clearing her name. But as the body count rises and the evidence mounts against Sheila, it becomes a mystery as whether Poirot can (or wants to) aid the damsel in distress.
So, I now have my second Poirot mystery under my belt, and I have heard a rumor that he does play a bigger roles in some of the novels. This is not one of them. The plot of the film was again altered to create a bigger space and role for him. I wonder whether we will get to see him in action a little more in Hallowe’en Party!
The discussion throughout this week, so check back and leave any questions that you have in the comments.
So far, how are your enjoying Series 6? Does this episode fall in line with any expectations that might have been building after last week’s episode? Do you have a preference for either?
Have you read the book and the movie? Which one did you like better? Did you get the feeling that one was more effective than the other at telling the story? What worked for you and what didn’t?
How did you feel about Sheila throughout the movie? Did you have any doubts about her or about Colin Race?
Did you guess either the killer or the motive before the reveal in the movie? What tipped you off? Were there clues you picked up along the way, or did you know what to look for based on prior experience with the book?
Participants in this week’s discussion will be eligible to win a copy of the Hercule Poirot Series 5 set of DVDs which include Murder on the Orient Express, Third Girl and Appointment with Death. If you have something to add to the discussion, don’t be shy!
Also, remember to check out Jen’s giveaway of And Then There Were None and her discussion post on the Christie mystery Endless Nights at Devourer of Books