Crooked House

Crooked House

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read...

CROOKED HOUSE

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Agatha Christie is more than the most popular mystery writer of all time. In a career that spans over half a century, her name is synonymous with brilliant deception, ingenious puzzles, and the surprise denouement. By virtually inventing the modern mystery novel she has earned her title as the Queen of Crime. Curious? Then you're invited to read...

CROOKED HOUSE

In a sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinley 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...

Author Biography: Agatha Christie is the world's best known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.

Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 80 novels and short story collections, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant little Belgian Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world-famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies.

Agatha Christie also wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. As well, she wrote four non-fiction books including an autobiography and an entertaining account of the many expeditions she shared with her archaeologist husband, Sir Max Mallowan.

Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Editorial Reviews

Agatha Christie
“Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.”
Reginald Hill
“We all go where [Agatha Christie] led; you can track us in her snow.”
New Statesman (UK)
“Her sleight of hand is impeccable.”
Saturday Review of Literature
“Knock-out!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007354719
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2010

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Reginald Hill
“We all go where [Agatha Christie] led; you can track us in her snow.”
Agatha Christie
“Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.”

Meet the Author

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the bestselling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

Hugh Fraser is an English actor and theater director who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and is currently an associate tutor, director, and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of
Dramatic Art, specializing in Shakespeare.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Crooked House 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie said this is one of her own personal favorites and no wonder. The plot is good, the characters are colorful and unique, and even more great is the denouement and you will be shocked and surprised of the killer's identity and their motivations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing. I have no other words to describe. The ending had my gob completely smacked. The evidence keeps you guessing curiously, and in the end it all makes such perfect sense it takes your breath away. Or, at least, it took mine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't like any of the other Christie mysteries. If it's possible she outdid herself with this one. Poirot or Marple aren't present, instead Christie uses an outside detective. The plot is pretty basic- the patriarch of a wealthy family is found murdered and the murderer can only be from his immediate family. The detectives are dumbfounded in that every member had the means, motive and opportunity. Christie uses this book to explore the nature of crime and criminals. She plays with the idea of pure evil, and the end is a shocking picture of society's notions on crime, and what makes a murderer. I highly recommend this book but not for someone who is just trying Agatha out. I think that this book would be most appreciated by seasoned veterans of her work. This is only because it is such a departure from her usual style.
MareCT More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie displayed once again why she was at the top of the list of mystery writers in this very well written murder mystery in the Leonides family. The characters are vivid, and for the most part unlikeable, and yet this story captivated me from the beginning. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to pass the afternoon or evening with an intelligent and baffling mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! Throughout the entire period of crime-solving, the answer to the murder is practically mocking you. I had my suspicions as to who the murderer was, but I have never been more incorrect! This mystery is, as far as the reader goes, unsolvable!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shows the impossible- a perfect murder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crooked House was really good book. If you love mystries this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is one of the best books by Agatha Christie I have read. It kept me guessing then at the end I felt foolish for not figuring out who it was who committed the criimes. Though the end is a tad on the creppy side I still loved this book! Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good whodunit or mystery.
BarKru53 More than 1 year ago
Being an avid Christie as well as P.D. James reader since my 20's (in my 50's now), I had somehow missed this gem. I'm enjoying all the PBS/Acorn adaptations with Marple and Poirot, and would love to see this one produced with Marple or Poirot in place of Charles, the narrator. Didn't guess who did it in this one and really didn't see it coming. Short read but certainly worth it.
DeviNair More than 1 year ago
Yet another proof that Agatha Christie is a legend. Crooked House is a stand alone story, apart from the series of Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence etc. This one has criminologist Charles Hayward as the narrator. Charles tells us the story of his girlfriend and why she refused to marry him when he proposed. Agatha Christie has the tact of making something fabulous in the way of narrating a story. The narration is flawless, the story is flawless, the characters are perfectly flawed, and the twist is admirable. Agatha Christie stories are those which are to be read when you want to know what real suspense / mystery / thrillers feel like. She paved the path for all mystery writers after her. The way her stories are – supple, intense, delicate and engulfing – describes an ideal mystery novel, like absolutely no one else can. And as for today’s mystery writers, there is only one thing to say – You can go high indeed, but you can never surpass your teacher, the one who lead the way.
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bookwormbethie More than 1 year ago
I found the book dreadfully slow in the beginning and at times the plot and dialogue seemed forced and stale. While most definitely was not a page turner, I did finish reading it so I could find out "whodunit." Honestly, this is not one of her best works. I'll be sticking to the Hercule Poirot stories myself and not reading anymore "stand alone" novels.
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