This is a dodgy question as I have few details about this book, however:
I am trying to find a book that was already around in the 1990s and famous enough to be translated into Dutch. (It wasn't a Dutch book but was read in the Netherlands, in Dutch, around then).
Its main character was a clock keeper who spent his time keeping many, many clocks running in a large old house.
I believe the genre was mystery and I think there was a murder.
I know it's not a lot to go on but does anyone have any idea what book this could be?
Edit: I believe the house was very large and had many clocks which had to be wound and looked after. The period was probably Victorian, maybe later but before battery operated clocks. The man looking after the clocks was probably employed by the owner of the house and the house was very large (probably an aristocrat's house).