Crooked House

Crooked House

by Agatha Christie


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Screenplay by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)

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Described by the Queen of Mystery herself as one of her favorites of her published works, Crooked House is a classic Agatha Christie thriller revolving around a devastating family mystery

The Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.

Suspicion naturally falls on the old man’s young widow, fifty years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter.

“Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.” —Agatha Christie


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007451654
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Collins English Readers Series
Edition description: None
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

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, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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What People are Saying About This

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.”

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Crooked House 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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victorianrose869 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
April 11, 1999Crooked HouseAgatha ChristieNot a Ms. Marple or Poirot mystery, but an ¿independent¿, about a young man whose fiancé-to-be asks him to help her figure out who murdered her rich old grandfather (with a little help from the young man¿s father, an Inspector or something). There¿s a house brimming with suspicious characters, like the very young widow and the old man¿s grown children who shared the house with him. The murderer is someone you¿d never expect, though! I love the title, and only wish I¿d thought of it first.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a sprawling mansion in the English countryside, the extremely affluent but extremely elderly owner lies dead on the floor of suspected barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely when suspicion has already fallen on Aristide Leonides' luscious but grieving widow who is fifty years his junior and set to inherit his sizable fortune. It is also rumored that the lovely Widow Leonides is having an affair with the strapping young tutor who just happens to live on the family's estate. But Criminologist Charles Howard has his doubts about the entire Leonides' clan. He knows them intimately and also knows that in a household as shaky as Three Gables, nobody is on the level.I really enjoyed this book very much. I had actually never read it before but it was a very quick and absorbing read. I give this book an A!
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aristide Leonides had come to England as an impoverished Greek youth, and had built a fortune - and a lavish but slightly unusual house. At 85, the loving, wise, benificent family patriarch was found dead.Which member of the Leonides household could be crooked enough to have poisoned him?I find almost all of Agatha Christie's work to be very satisying reads, and this was no exception.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another book by Agatha Christie and the sleuth is not one of her famous recurring detective's. A kindly old rich man is murdered in his home surrounded by his family and loved ones. All of the suspects of course proclaim their innocence and devotion to the old man and can't think of any reason why someone would want to murder him, except for...This one did have a neat twist at the end, I might have seen it if I wasn't distracted by an accidental phrase I saw at the end of the book and made me think of the wrong person all the way through the book. It wasn't a very deep or tricky book but a fun short read.
miss_scarlet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unlike any other mystery novel I have read, I found this one slightly predictable and was able to guess the culprit. However, it is still an engrossing story.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of Agatha Christie's own favourite books, and I can see why. It was a lot of fun to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. It kept me hooked till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Agatha at her best. Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I really didn't have a clue on who did it until the end and I am ALWAYS able to figure who done it! I loved the suspense and twists and turns, very unexpected. Can't wait to watch the movie on Netflix or Hulu!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enthralling from the get go! An unexpected mystery from the Master of Mystery. This story kept me guessing until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I figured it out before the end, I still couldn't put it down. A bit dragging here and there and for an American the British lingo of 1949 and way of British life of the Era was somewhat of guesswork, it was truly enjoyable to read. Amazing the insight into psychology Christi had at the time. Will definitely read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Christie book is among my favorites! Hang on through the book and dont look at the end. You'll be glad you read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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!!