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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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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.”
Agatha Christie
“Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.”
New Statesman (UK)
“Her sleight of hand is impeccable.”
Saturday Review of Literature
“Knock-out!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816145027
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 3/1/1989
  • Series: Popular Author Ser.
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 300

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

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 79 novels and a short story collection, 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 Belgian detective 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 died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

    A gripping British murder-mystery and how!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2007

    just...wow

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2001

    A Perfect Murder

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    Captivating and intelligent mystery

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    Christie at her Best

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    One Of Her Best Books

    Shows the impossible- a perfect murder.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2003

    Crooked House

    Crooked House was really good book. If you love mystries this book is for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

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    Great Mystery Story!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    One of her best - Most Enjoyable

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    THE MOST BORING BOOK OF CHRISTIE

    I WAS DISAPPOINTED. I KNOW CHRISTIE BETTER THAN THIS AND SHE MUST HAVE BEEN HALF SLEEP WHEN SHE WROTE THIS CUZ I HAD TO FORCE MY WAY THROUGH THIS BOOK. IT TOOK ME HALF A YEAR TO READ THIS BECAUSE I HAD TO PUSH MY WAY THROUGH IT. DON'T BOTHER. I HATED IT. LACK OF SUSPENSE AND DULL AS A SPOON. AGATHA CHRISTIE HAS MADE HER WORST BOOK EVER. GOD BLESS HER SOUL. THIS BOOK REALLY TOOK MY EYES AWAY FROM AGATHA CHRISTIE. I CANT BELIEVE IT. THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD, I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. THAT BRILLIANT CHRISTIE HAD ME FOOLED JUST LIKE I JUST HAD YOU FOOLED. AHHH, I AM THE NEXT CHRISTIE. WELL DONE, AGATHA. THIS IS ONE OF YOUR BEST BOOKS. I LOVED EVERY PAGE OF IT.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    sad to say, but not that great

    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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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    It+did%27nt+download

    +Nothing+like+wasting+money

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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