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Crooked House (1948)

by Agatha Christie

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This was one of Agatha Christie's most "psychological" thrillers. The tension is palpable and never ending. I believe readers will have a hard time guessing who the killer is. And by telling the reason I would be fatally naming the killer... Highly recommend this book. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
There was a crooked man
and he went a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence
beside a crooked stile.
He had a crooked cat
which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together
in a little crooked house.


Crooked House is a stand-alone novel. I.e. it does not feature any of Christie's established sleuths (Marple, Poirot, Tommy & Tuppence, etc.).

The story tells of a young couple, Charles and Sophia, who decide to postpone any decisions on getting married until after the war. Once the time has come the engagement is again interrupted by a death in Sophia's family.

From then on, trust is put to the test and motives are questioned. Everyone is a suspect and it is left to the couple to discover whom they can believe, or if they can at all.

What is interesting with this story is the finding out who the murderer is almost takes a backseat to getting to know the characters of Sophia's relatives. What an interesting bunch of eccentrics! They are all suffering from a past dominated by the misanthropic grandfather who claimed to have killed two people in his youth.

It's a marvellously dark story and it is easy to see why it was one of Dame Agatha's favourite mysteries. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
In Crooked House there are ten suspects and three investigators. The main surrounding plot, I suspect, concerns the young Charles Hayward's love with Sophia, one of the relatives of the deceased. His father is the assistant commissioner of Scotland Yard and prime detective on the case. Because of this 'love', Charles feels compelled to get to the bottom of things when the unfortunate death occurs, in part to uncover the truth, but also to be able to ask for Sophie's hand in marriage.

You would think they are the main characters, but not really, as the story jumps around smoothly to everyone. Charles love for Sophia is a bit unrealistic but this seemed to be the way of novels back in the day (and who knows, maybe real life). I can't say I felt any budding compassion for the young couple's romantic future, even if I did like them enough individually.

The plot of suspects is a heady, complex one. All reside in the house and have opportunity, but motives are not as easily clear. Ready for a headache?

The logical finger points to the widow, Brenda, for she has the fortune to inherit, but is she being framed? It doesn't help the youngest of the house is a budding detective who inadvertently interferes every step. Sophia's mother is an actress type who is impossible to believe and enjoys being more dramatic than the situation warrants. Sophia's father is cold, hard man with a stunning temper and rightful resentment. Edith the sister-in-law hated the dead man but it's showed had a bizarre love for him as well - is this enough of a motive, or is there even more? Roger is the oldest son with another violent temper. Laurence Brown, the tutor, seems to be in love with the widow, what a motive there! Could he and Brenda even have been in on it together? What about the strange Eustace, the youngest brother? And, of course, there is Sophia, the love interest herself.


As usual it's difficult to guess who the villain is. More people end up dying later of course, as is typical mystery. It's always fun to think someone did it, only to find them dead. The mystery comes clear at the end and sadly I guessed the guilty culprit beforehand ( I almost never do with her stuff), but the ride there makes up disappointment. The fascinating bunch with their motives and secrets to uncover, their suspicions of others, and their odd eccentricities was great fun. Even though I'm sorry I pre-guessed the truth, the final pages hold a small shocking follow-up for other readers like me. One of Christie's great ones :) ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
The Aristide Leonides, the nonogenerian Greek patriach of the Leonides family has been poisoned, and Charles, a young man terribly in love with the granddaughter Sophia, has been asked by his father, Scotland Yard, and by Sophia to find out who did it. As an accepted outsider to the family they thought he might be able to find out things that the Inspector could not. Charles gains the confidence of a very young grandchild who knows things and will only give him some, but not all that she knows. He finds himself suspecting one member after another, never sure which one has actually done it. Then there is another murder attempt and it begins to look like Scotland Yard has found their suspects. Christie does it again with twists, turns and outliers. It'll keep you guessing. ( )
  triciareads55 | Mar 26, 2016 |
One of Agatha Christie's stand alone books and set in a multi-generation country house near London. A good mystery from the late forties told in the first person by Charles Hayward, who hopes to marry into the family of the recently deceased patriarch, Aristide Leonides. It kept my interest and I liked the twists in the story.
  hailelib | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Cal, Stella deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he's certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one's on the level...

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In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he's certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one's on the level...… (more)

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