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Crooked House

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  18,092 Ratings  ·  1,140 Reviews
In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly 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 ensconc ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published August 19th 2002 by Minotaur Books (first published March 1949)
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Apr 19, 2013 Carol. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christie fans, fans of English cozy mysteries
Shelves: mystery
No Marple. No Tuppence. No Poirot. Mon Dieu! Yet this short Christie mystery remains one of my favorites, likely due to the interesting characterization and well-crafted plot. It gradually builds tension, with a rather unanticipated but satisfying ending.

An English man and a woman become fast companions as they serve their country in Egypt. Charles is about to ship out and isn't sure when he'll get back to England, so at their good-bye dinner, he shares his feelings but refuses to ask Sophia to
mark monday
Sep 15, 2013 mark monday rated it really liked it
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a precocious child in a complicated world filled with scheming relatives & heirs to fortune & smitten suitors & gold-digging wives & husky tutors & cast-out sons & amateur sleuths. Your life is centered within a vast country manor dominated by your dread grandfather, who sits like a senescent spider in the center of his enormous web, a web whose tangles he created but no longer bothers to repair. Then murder strikes and grandfather is no
Kostas Papadatos
Πέμπτο βιβλίο της Agatha που διαβάζω τον τελευταίο καιρό και πραγματικά ούτε στο ελάχιστο δεν πλησίασα τον δολοφόνο. Πιο εύκολο μου φαίνεται να αποκωδικοποιήσω τον δίσκο της Φαιστού, παρά να βρω τον ένοχο σε κάθε της βιβλίο. Διασκεδαστικό με όμορφη πλοκή και απρόσμενο φινάλε, η –Σοφίτα με τις αράχνες- θεωρώ πως είναι ένα από τα καλύτερα της βιβλία.
Η αλήθεια είναι πως τη χαρά της ανάγνωσης μου τη χάλασε λίγο η άθλια κατάσταση του συγκεκριμένου (εποχής Βig Bang) αντιτύπου. Το βιβλίο μυρίζει έμπολα
Sep 09, 2015 BrokenTune rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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.

Crooked House is a stand-alone novel. I.e. it does not feature any of Christie's established sleuths (Marple, Poirot, Tommy & Tuppence, etc.).

The story tells of a young couple, Charles and Sophia, who decide to postpone any decisions on getting married until after the war. Once the time has co
Laurel Young
Mar 07, 2011 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing
One of my very favorite things about Agatha Christie is that when she said anyone could be a murderer under the right circumstances, she *meant* it. One would think that when you read a mystery, you should suspect everyone, but for most authors it just isn't true--if you read a "cozy" author, you can bet it won't be one of the charming young lovers, or the trusty narrator, or dear old Granny, or the kindly priest. With Christie, it could be any of those, or everybody, or nobody (oh yes!). It cou ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners

Description: Returning home from WWII, Charles Hayward is finally free to marry Sophia Leonides. However, the suspicious death of her grandfather has thrown everything into confusion.

Charles ...... Rory Kinnear
Sophia ...... Anna Maxwell Martin
Taverner ...... Phil Davis
Josephine ...... Grianne Dromgoole
Aunt Edith ...... Judy Parfitt
Philip/Passerby ...... Ben Crowe
Magda ...... Anna Chancellor
Roger/Consul General ...... Simon Treves
Clemency ...... Rachel Sand
Read this in one sitting. Couldn't put it down! Has quickly become one of my favorite Christie's. Loved the plot and twist at the very end, I can definitely see why this was one of Christie's own favorites. I also find it fascinating that the publishers wanted her to change the ending, but she refused. So glad she didn't. I don't think it would have been the same if it would have been changed.
منى سلامة
لأول مرة أتمكن من تخمين هوية القاتل في منتصف رواية لأجاثا كريستي
لكن أعترف أن الكاتبة كادت تحطم ثقتي في الحل الذي توصلت إليه قرب النهاية
رواية شيقة، لها بعد اجتماعي مؤثر
Jan 09, 2016 Eman. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قرأتها من وقت بعيد جدًا ، ربما عام 2005 ..

كالعادة أغاثا تثير الشك ، في جميع إبطال الرواية كإحتمال أن يكونوا القلتة ..
حتى ما أن تصل لنهاية ، لتجد أن الشخص الأقل ريبة هو القاتل !
Oct 31, 2016 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Após várias tentativas mal sucedidas, lá consegui acertar no livro que me ajudaria a sair do poço da depressão literária. Agatha Christie levou-me a conhecer a "casa torta" através de um enredo soberbo difícil de igualar, e isso foi o ideal para me trazer de volta ao mundo imaginário da ficção literária.

Este é o quarto livro da autora que tenho o prazer de ler e que se tornou um dos meus preferidos, a par de "As Dez Figuras Negras". Também nesta aventura o assassino só é descoberto (e de forma s
Sarah ~
Oct 29, 2012 Sarah ~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, crime
غموض ونهاية صادمة ..
تحتل المركز الثالث في قائمتي لأفضل روايات أغاثا كريستي ..
بعد الروايتين العظيمتين ..
واختفى كل شيء ..
ومقتل السيد اكرويد ...

غزل أدم
غالباً ما يرى القلب ما لا يستطيع أن يدركه العقل
وهذا ما حدث معى فى هذه الرواية
فنفورى من شخصية محددة كان على حق
فلقد أثبتت الأحداث أن هذه الشخصية هى القاتل
Oct 11, 2016 Amir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
جذاب و سرگرم کننده بود، بهترین کارکرد داستان های جنایی و پلیسی سرگرم کردن است و این کتاب این کار را برای من کرد.
Dec 30, 2016 Vir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como todas las novelas de Agatha Christie me ha mantenido en vilo y haciendo cabilas hasta el final. Suelo ser bastante perspicaz para estas cosas, pero esta vez sí que tengo que decir que la autora me la ha jugado pero bien y no he logrado descubrir quien era el asesino hasta el final. ¡No podía terminar el 2016 con una lectura mejor!
Aug 01, 2011 Mith rated it really liked it
OK, this book is CREEPY; not so much for the story, but for the identity of the murderer!

Story is set in a "crooked" little house called Three Gables, where lives a wealthy old man along with the rest of the tight-knit family, including a young, beautiful wife. He dies of poisoning under mysterious circumstances and everybody jumps to the conclusion that it must be the wife, and her assumed lover, who did him in. But did they? For, the entire family feels that these two might not have done it. B
Dec 09, 2011 Luke rated it it was amazing
This rocks. that's all I can say, no wonder Agatha Christie listed this as one of her favorite books that she wrote. The pace seemed slow and boring in some parts. The characters seemed flat and I didn't stick in my mind that Charles was the narrator. All this negativity but why did I rate it 5 stars? It's only because of one thing. The Ending. I can never describe how I almost did suicide after reading the ending. It was like being punched the face while getting shot through the heart. It was s ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το πρώτο βιβλίο της Αγκάθα Κρίστι που διαβάζω και σίγουρα όχι το τελευταίο!Ωραία κι ευχάριστη γραφή,κυλάει σαν νερό,κι είμαι σίγουρη ότι ειδικά το καλοκαίρι θα τιμήσω αρκετά βιβλία της!
Δυστυχώς,ψυλλιάστηκα τον/την ένοχο/η αρκετά νωρίς, (view spoiler) κι όσο να'ναι μου αφαίρεσε τη χαρά της έκπληξης.Μου έμεινε όμως η χαρά της επιβεβαίωσης!
Kavita Ramesh
Feb 12, 2016 Kavita Ramesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember being shocked by this one (always a good thing in a mystery novel).
3 1/2 Stars

In the Author's Forward, Agatha Christie states: "This book is one of my own special favourites. But perhaps the author isn’t the best judge of his or her own work. However, practically everybody has liked Crooked House, so I am justified in my own belief that it is one of my best."

So, since I adore Agatha Christie and have enjoyed and admired her work since I was a teenager, it makes me a little sad to find I can only give her "special favorite" only 3 1/2 stars. It was enjoyable, bu
Sep 07, 2010 Zeek rated it it was amazing
I’ve read several Agatha Christie’s in my lifetime, but admittedly not as many as my Cousin A. Between old Agatha and the Midsomer Murder Mystery TV series, she’s pretty much got the English Murder Mystery genre covered. SO, when she handed me Agatha Christie’s Crooked House and told me it’s the best one she’s read yet by her, I was intrigued.

Well, she was right. A non- Hercule Poirot/Miss Marple, the book moved along, however, same as usual, until the ending. I never saw it coming. And that’s s
Well! That was quite the mystery! I will be honest and say that, due to my own foolish error (flipping to the last page in order to find out the proper page count), I knew who the perpetrator was. But even with knowing who it was, I don't feel the story was ruined. In fact, it made me more curious. I looked harder at them and at the clues, trying to piece it all together. And even then I was still shocked by the reveal of everything. Part of me feels that the book should have ended at Chapter 25 ...more
Fiona Ingram
Apr 06, 2013 Fiona Ingram rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Agatha Christie (15 /09/1890—12/12/1976) fan. I have possibly all of her books, and nearly all the television and film versions of her works, starring a variety of Hercule Poirots (my best is David Suchet) and Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford, Joan Hickson and Julia McKenzie tops). According to the Guinness Book of records, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Often referred to as the “Queen of Crime,” she is also regarded as a master of suspense, plotting, and c ...more
Oct 26, 2016 Rajan rated it liked it
I give it 2.5 stars. It is a ok book. Certainly not her best. It has old world charm and none of modern day forensics. It is more of a family drama and less of a mystery. Still the identity of culprit was a surprise. Highly recommended but not as a mystery but drama

Some excerpts :

“If we’re ever going to solve this case, we’ve got to get some inside dope. We’ve got to know all about the people in that house. We’ve got to know them from the inside—not the outside. You’re the man who can get that f
Jan 29, 2012 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery
Christie's interesting announcement that "This book is one of my own special favourites" (from the note on the publication page) belies a relatively uninteresting story.

I couldn't find anything particularly special about this book as compared to her others. The characters were a little shallow, the relationships a little unbelievable, the narrator a little bit pompous.

Her non-Poirot novels are very hit-and-miss, I find. One my favourites of all her novels, Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, is not Poi
Mar 25, 2016 Kavita rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

Agatha Christie's penchant for weaving murder mysteries out of nursery rhymes does not let her down this time either. (I do have a picture in my mind of a young Christie thinking up all this delightfully macabre stuff while the other kids were singing innocently). The crooked man here i
Amany Ayman
Feb 15, 2016 Amany Ayman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
و خذلتنى .. فلم اعرف القاتل فى تلك الرواية :(
لكن و لحسن حظى فلم تخذلنى فى مستواها ككاتبة تتربع على عروش كثيرة كعرش العبقرية و الجنون و الكتابة ^ ^
نقلب لغة عامية بقا :D
رواية من أفضل روايات أجاثا و طبعا انضموا لروجر أكرويد و الموت يأتى فى النهاية و غيرها من افضل الأفضل ..
أجاثا و داليدا .. الإتنين الى هفضل ابصلهم على انهم احجيات لازم تتفك
الرواية رائعة انصح بيها ^^
Carolyn F.

This was an audiobook play which I thoroughly enjoyed. Between scenes they played period appropriate music and although I'm only in my 50s, I knew all but one. Wonderful.

The story itself, I had forgotten who did it and when I did it was still a little hard to take.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Crooked House / خانه کج
کارهای ارزشمند معمولا به دست فردی جدی و کوشا که دید ذاتی دارد انجام میشود
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