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Written by Agatha Christie, Crooked House is a detective fiction novel, first published in 1949. The story has been narrated by Charles Hayward, a criminologist, who holds a post in Cairo and falls in love with an Englishwoman by the name of Sophia Leonides. But when Sophia's patriarchal grandfather, Astride Leonides is murdered by poisoning, Sophia tells Charles that they can't get married unless the killer is found. Three generations of the Leonides family live together in a half-timber house called Three Gables.

The blame of the murder soon lands on Astride's second wife Brenda, who is much younger than him, and allegedly having an affair with the tutor. Charles then joins the investigation with Chief Inspector Taverner, with the aim to find out who killed the old man, and what did he/she have to gain from it. Our narrator knows the family intimately and knows that in a family this large and complicated, no one can be trusted. The mystery thickens with each step, and the murderer is still at large. Will Charles and the Inspector manage to find the person responsible for Astride Leonides' death? Order the book today and read it to find out for yourself.

Agatha Christie is often referred to as the 'Queen of Crime', having written up to sixty-six crime fiction novels featuring detectives such as Hercule Poirot, Tommy and Tuppence and Miss Jane Marple. She has also written six romance novels under the pseudonym of Mary Westmacott and is credited for writing the longest running play in history, The Mousetrap. Her most famous novels include titles such as Evil Under the Sun, Death on the Nile, And Then There Were None and The Man in the Brown Suit. Even after she passed away in 1976, Agatha Christie continued to dominate the crime fiction genre and has a large readership even today. She has sold over four billion copies of her books, making her the best-selling author of all time.

This edition of Crooked House has been published in English by Harper and comprises 416 pages. The book has an ISBN 10 number of 0007282257, and an ISBN 13 number of 9780007282258.

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Language English
Publication Date January 1, 2002
Publisher Harper
Contributor(s) Agatha Christie
Binding Paperback
Edition 2002
Page Count 416
ISBN 10 0007282257
ISBN 13 9780007282258
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  1.  Crooked House review: A solid, engaging detective mystery leading to an ingenious climactic finale! 26 May, 2014 On
    Agatha Christie’s - Crooked House – named from a children’s nursery rhyme titled ‘There Was a Crooked Man’ is a whodunit story about a family called The Leonides who live in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion under the watchful eyes of the millionaire head Aristide, who, on a one fine day, is fatally poisoned.

    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.

    The story unfolds from the point of view of narrator Charles Hayward, who is son of Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard, and happens to be fiancé of victim’s granddaughter. To clear up the matter and marry her, he reluctantly but purposefully helps the police, and himself, by getting involved in the post murder inquiries and goes about acquiring clues, facts in the house.

    There are some elderly and few young members in the house whose characters are well sketched-out by the author and almost all of them seem to have the means, motive and the opportunity to commit the crime.

    In author’s typical style, readers are provided with deft clues and facts that persuade them to engage in the story from the very beginning and also give a try at solving the case. One may be astute and still be unable to completely single out the murderer right till the very end, till the revelation occurs.

    At nearly half-way mark the narrator asks a character the same question the reader would like to know the answer of – ‘Who is it?’ and few moments later says ‘Not until the last chapter?’. Take that as the answer from the author herself. There are enough twists and turns such as the problem of the Will and a booby-trap awaiting a character that keep the reader engrossed and question his or her assessment till the previous chapter throughout. The climactic finale is ingenious and bound to astound one and all.

    In author’s foreword she mentions this book as one of her own special favourites and it is not really difficult to see the reason for it, it is well written, engaging with its twists and turns, thrilling climax and contains every ingredient that is needed to make a genuinely good whodunit that also stands the test of time. Heartily recommended!
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