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.