Crooked House

Crooked House

by Agatha Christie
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Crooked House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 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.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Christie was a master at building tension, making you doubt yourself when you thought you knew "whodunnit", and creating fantastic red herrings and real characters. This is a prime example of why she is so beloved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie if you were alive today I would shake your hand for the pleasure that is found in your fine mind. Right in front of my face and I never saw it or even considered who did it. Wow!!
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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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