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Crooked House (1949)
by Agatha Christie
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Charles Hayward investigates the murder of his fiancee's grandfather as she refuses to marry him while she is still a possible suspect.
A stand-alone novel where my little grey cells failed me completely.
I guess I never added this book when I read it years ago.
With some mystery novels, eventually you forget whodunnit. You can reread and it'll be fresh because it wasn't that memorable the first time around.
This is not that book.
This book was solid. Great quirky characters and a fine plot line. The reason for the murder was mind blowing and troubling for me.
Another delightful Agatha Christie novel which keeps you guessing right until the end.
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The Leonideses are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal injection. Suspicion naturally falls on the old man's young widow, fifty years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiance of the late millionaire's granddaughter...
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.912Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 1901-1999 1901-1945
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Our narrator, Charles, enters the scene as the fiancée of Sophia, Philip's oldest child, who he met overseas during the war. Sophia refuses to marry him until the question of who killed her grandfather is settled, since any hint of impropriety could hurt his prospects. Lucky for Charles, his dad is a big wig at Scotland Yard, and he gets sent to the Leonides home with our old friend Chief Inspector Taverner to see what he can learn about the family. Everyone suspects Brenda, the young wife, who had been having an affair with the handsome tutor, but, oddly, everyone in the family had their own reasons why they may want their beloved patriarch to be killed, and they all kind of suspect each other too.
Christie leads us through a mountain of twists and turns and red herrings, wrapping things up with an unsuspected and very satisfyingly dark ending that proves that anyone in this crooked family really could be capable of murder. This was Christie's 49th book, published in 1949, and is frequently put in her top ten by critics and fans. I have to say that I am in agreement there. ( )