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Crooked House by Agatha Christie
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Oct 31, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-books, audio-book
Read from October 07 to 31, 2011

I enjoyed reading an Agatha Christie story that did not involve either Poirot or Miss Marple. In this case, the main character/detective is an amateur sleuth who is pulled into the investigation because of his connection to one of the family members and because his father, a detective at Scotland Yard, is eager to exploit Charles's inside access to the family. The murder takes place in the Crooked House where an extended family all live together in separate but connected establishments. The head of the Leonides family is murdered and when Scotland Yard is called in to investigate, Charles tags along. Through his eyes, we meet all the members of the Leonides clan and learn about their lives. It was the claustrophobic atmosphere of the Crooked House that pulled me into the story. The idea of a family, all of whom have motive to kill the patriarch, keeping secrets, pointing fingers at each other, and terrified of what might really be going on, made for a fascinating mystery. The ultimate resolution of that mystery was both chilling and (by me, anyway) completely unforeseen. I enjoyed the story very much and thought the narrator did a terrific job portraying all the characters.

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