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Crooked House

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  10,630 ratings  ·  656 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 1949)
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Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Apr 19, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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mark monday
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
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Eman.
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 !
Laurel Young
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
Mith
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
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Zeek
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
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Fiona Ingram
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
Mia Queen
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.

Nursery rhymes yang misterius, gaya khas Agatha Christie. Crooked House telah diterjemahkan dengan judul Catatan Harian Josephine, beda makna namun tetap memiliki korelasi yang pas.

Review di bawah saya ambil dari halaman belakang Crooked House :

The Leonidas are one big happy family
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Luke
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
فهد الراشد
كما أن الكاتبة استمتعت بكتابة هذه الرواية - حسب قولها - وأعدتها من أفضل رواياتها، فأنا استمتعت بقراءة هذه الرواية حقاً ولكني أعدها من أعقد ألغاز أجاثا.
كانت مذهلة: ما أزعجني أن شخصيات الرواية أغلبها كان مزعجاً، بما في ذلك المحقق الذي يؤدي طور الراوي " تشارلز " حيث أنني لم أره بمستوى محقق، بل أشعر أني أحياناً لا أستطيع وصفه هكذا، ولكن كان والده يعوض النقص فقد كانت شخصيته مذهلة إلى حدٍ ما.
أنصح بها لمحبي الروايات البوليسية فقط بشكل خاص، ولكنها قد تكون أصعب وأعمق من أن يفهمها شخص غير ملم بالروايات ال
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Carolyn F.
Audiobook

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.
Sarah ( Paris )
غموض ونهاية صادمة ..
تحتل المركز الثالث في قائمتي لأفضل روايات أغاثا كريستي ..
بعد الروايتين العظيمتين ..
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واختفى كل شيء ..
ومقتل السيد اكرويد ...

Jojo
رواية جميلة للغاية .. بالتأكيد لم اتوقع القاتل
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I am re-reading Agatha Christie and enjoying doing so very much. I have to say, doing so after so many years, is quite a funny experience and reading these books now, directly from the period they were written gives me an even better appreciation of the author. The dialogue is to "jolly hockey sticks", but delightful. This story, Crooked House, is a really goood read and proves that you don't have to attempt being to complex with the plot to have a good story-line. The story goes that the narrat ...more
Leah
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
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I long ago outgrew my fondness for Christie's mysteries, but Agatha herself said this was one of her special favorites, so I had to give it a spin. Just for fun I decided to pick a character I thought was the killer right near the start of the book and doggedly stick with that choice regardless of the evidence. I was wrong, of course, but I would have been wrong anyway.

Now I know where Alan Bradley might have gotten the idea for his Flavia De Luce character. She has some similarities with Josep
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Kathryn
Totally loving me some Agatha Christie right now!
Khaled
رواية مميزة, و كما في كل روايات أجاثا كريستي تتصاعد الأحداث و تتعقد الحبكة ويضيع القارئ
قبل ان تحل خيوط الجريمة في الصفحات الأخيرة ويكشف النقاب عن الفاعل الذي لم يتوقعه أحد.

لم يعد هذا النوع من الروايات والقصص البوليسية التي لا تخلو من أحداث غير منطقية ،
لم يعد يستهويني بصراحة ، وقد كنت مغرم بهذا النوع من الروايات فيما سبق.
لكن لا باس من التجديد الدائم في القراءة
و العودة بين الحين والآخر إلى النوع الي كنا نقرأه في الطفولة.

لن ألخص الرواية ، ولكن أنصح بقراءتها لمن أراد وجبة جريمة خفيفة مسلية!

Timo Ivanov
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Francisca Viegas
Adorei este livro.
Deve ser o meu favorito de todos os que li de Agatha Christie até hoje.
A começar pelos diversos membros da família Leonides, todos peculiares à sua própria maneira, até à intriga e ao fantástico desfecho final.
Devo dizer que desconfiei de quase todos os personagens, e nunca me ocorreu que o assassino estivesse mesmo à frente dos meus olhos.
Este livro é sem dúvida, a meu ver, um dos maiores clássicos policiais de sempre.
Ena'am
القصة جميلة وبداية لم أتوقع القاتل نهائياً وإلى الآن متفاجئة ، ولكني عن طريق الخطأ وأنا أقلب الكتاب لأرى النسخة عرفت لقاتل قبل إنهائها :( فأكملتها لأعرف الطريقة والأسباب فقط بدون تلك الحماسة
ولكن كالعادة ، أجاثا كريستي يستحيل أن تستطيع تخمين القاتل بسهولة وهذا ما أحبه بأسلوبها
مرت مدة طويلة جداً جداً لم أقرأ لها...
أنس سمحان
أدمنتكِ يا أجاثا حد الثمالة، لا أدري رغم بساطة العقدة أحياناً، لكن وبرغم اني قرأت لكش عشارت الروايات، والقصص، إلا أنِّي لم أستطيع يوماً توقع نهاية لكِ
تبدعين دائماًُ في تعقيد الامور، وإبعاد النهاية عن ذهن القرارئ لتفاجيئه دائماً بنهاية مختلفة
استحققت الشهرة التي حصلتِ عليها

:)
✿ Deni
A great book, for me, one of Christie's best.

Boy meets girl and they fall in love but girl's grandfather is killed and she wants to know if there are murderous genes in her (this is a bit weird, but maybe in those days people really believed you were meant to be a murderer just because your mum or any other relative was indeed a murderer) so she invites boy to have a look at his family who live all together in a "crooked house".

I liked all the characters in this book, specially the aunt and uncl
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Olga
When Aristide Leonides dies and it is determined that he was poisoned the entire family is under suspicion and it is up to Charles to find the murderer if he wants to marry Aristide's granddaughter, Sophia.

Usually when I read an Agatha Christie mystery my mind is fully occupied. I suspect everyone and try to figure out if a clue is a red herring or not. Her books are usually more logic for me than human interaction and I tend to not become very invested in the characters or the plot. They’re a g
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Neena
Having read Agatha Christie’s more than 40 books so for I can safely say Crooked House is one of my favourite top five among her books. The story is of one big happy family living together in grand mansion. The head of the family is 88-year-old Aristide Leonides, who is poisoned by one of the family member. Aristide’s granddaughter Sofia’s fiancé Charles put his head together with police to find out the identity of killer.

Agatha Christie is just amazing as an author in this book. The family rel
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Sammy
When his fiancee’s grand-father is murdered, Charles Hayward determines to find out the truth, entering the unnerving, bitterly divided home shared by three generations of an Anglo-Greek family.

One of my utter favourite Christie books, filled with dynamic characters, a claustrophobic setting, and a truly startling denouement. I won’t go into much detail, because you should read this one unawares. Suffice it to say, Dame Agatha extensively planned this novel, a non-series excursion coming after P
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Célia
"A Casa Torta" é o quarto livro que leio desta autora e cada vez fico mais fã. Neste livro, não temos a participação dos famosos detectives criados por Agatha Christie (como Poirot ou Miss Marple), sendo a história contada na primeira pessoa por Charles Hayward, filho de um comissário da Scotland Yard e ao mesmo tempo noivo de Sophie Leonides, neta de um velho e rico empresário, que é envenenado aos 85 anos. A principal suspeita é a sua jovem esposa Brenda, mas até prova em contrário todos os mo ...more
Negar
+ چهار و نیم. خیلی متمایل به پنج :)
امروز ظهر رفتم کتابخونه ی مدرسه، سر کتابدارمون شلوغ بود، منم یه کتاب برداشتم و اسممو روی کارتش نوشتم و گذاشتمش همونجا و رفتم بیرون.
در همون راستای خوندن از آثار کریستی که کارآگاهشون پوآرو یا مارپل نیستن، پشت جلد کتاب های قفسه ی کریستی رو نگاه کردم و اونی که خالی بود رو برداشتم ( راستش تا یه مدت پیش اصلا نمی دونستم کریستی داستان های بدون کارآگاه هم داره ) و الان کاملاً هم راضیم.
خیلی لذت بردم. هیچ وقت دوست ندارم برای کتابهای کاراگاهی ریویو بنویسم، چون دوست دارم ا
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rabbitprincess
Aug 18, 2012 rabbitprincess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans
Charles Hayward has it pretty good. He survived the Second World War, is comfortably well-off, young and even has the prospect of marriage, with the lovely Sophia Leonides. But when Charles returns to England, he learns that Sophia's grandfather, noted businessman Aristide Leonides, has died. There's suspicion of foul play. Sophia does not want a shadow of doubt cast on her family as a result of the death, so she asks Charles to help find out the truth.

Agatha Christie herself said that Crooked H
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