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Crooked House

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  20,568 Ratings  ·  1,329 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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Chaya Phillips The police allowed Edith to go out alone with Josephine because if she was the murderer she won't kill Josephine when she will be the only suspect...…moreThe police allowed Edith to go out alone with Josephine because if she was the murderer she won't kill Josephine when she will be the only suspect... And they had not idea she's gonna kill herself together with the girl... And yes, Edith crashed the car on purpose.(less)

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Carol.
Jan 12, 2013 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
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Laurel Young
Mar 07, 2011 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
mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 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
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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
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BrokenTune
Sep 03, 2015 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
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Rita
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
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Reckoner
Έτσι μας γλεντάει η Άγκαθα....

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Bettie☯
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008w5wm

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
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Menia
Readathon 17: 11/26 βιβλιο σε ξενη γλωσσα
Γυναικα συγγραφεας 7/14

Δυστυχως ειχα υποψιαστει το δολοφονο απο τη μεση περιπου. Για μενα παραμενει νουμερο ενα το "then there were none", τουλαχιστον σε αυτα που εχω διαβασει ως τωρα.
3,5 αστερακια
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
Eman.
Jul 02, 2011 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 !
Catie
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.
Obsidian
Honestly I don't have that much to say here besides the fact that I really really love this book.

This was one of Agatha Christie's favorite books and I can see why.

There are a lot of twists and turns and I thought I figured out the perpetrator, but per usual, I was wrong.

"Crooked House" follows the character of Charles Hayward, as he goes about investigating who could have murdered his potential fiance's (Sophia) grandfather, Mr. Aristide Leonides.

Christie sets up the book so readers get to r
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Bill Lynas
This BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Crooked House has a wonderful cast, including Rory Kinnear, Anna Maxwell Martin & Phil Davis. Unfortunately a great cast cannot make it into a great story. Don't get me wrong.....it is a good Christie novel, but not one to get the pulses racing.
Sarah ~
Oct 29, 2012 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 ..
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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
Nhi Nguyễn
Lúc đầu cũng có hơi ngờ ngợ người đó chính là kẻ giết người, xong rồi lý trí bảo trời ơi làm sao có thể, không thể nào ^^ Đem lòng nghi ngờ những nhân vật khác, để rồi cuối cùng hóa ra cái ngờ ngợ của mình là đúng :D Nhân dạng kẻ giết người đúng chất trinh thám của Agatha Christie - bất ngờ và có gì đó ghê ghê ớn ớn.

Giờ đã hiểu vì sao nhà xuất bản của Agatha Christie yêu cầu bà đổi cái kết khác, và cũng hiểu vì sao Madam Christie lại từ chối yêu cầu này :))) Không viết sách thì thôi, viết thì ph
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Crooked House / خانه کج
کارهای ارزشمند معمولا به دست فردی جدی و کوشا که دید ذاتی دارد انجام میشود
ا. شربیانی
Nguyễn Minh Nhân
3,5 sao

Có lẽ vì đã chọn đọc trước các sách hay nhất của Agatha Christie rồi nên bây giờ đến lúc còn lại những tác phẩm không thật xuất sắc như ban đầu nữa.

Cuốn này có khá nhiều điểm đặc biệt, trước hết là lời tựa do chính Agatha viết, tạo nhiều hứng khởi trước khi đọc khi bà cho biết cuốn sách này được ấp ủ nhiều năm, thậm chí còn thừa nhận đây là tác phẩm hay nhất của bà. Cộng thêm rất nhiều bình luận tích cực tại đây làm mình cũng mong chờ một cuốn trinh thám xuất sắc như các cuốn trước đó. Nh
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Mith
Jul 29, 2011 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
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Amir
Oct 11, 2016 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.
Nameeta Rao
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Agatha Christie mentions this as one of her best novels in the forward. She describes the characters as being complex and hopes the users enjoy it as much while reading as she did when writing.

I did not find the introduction to Charles and Sophia very interesting. When they meet some 2 years later and Charles suggests they marry Sophia is hesitant as her grandfather has recently passed and the police suspect it's murder. Now it would have been possible for the author to write that Sophia agrees
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Audrey Dry
Según las memorias de Agatha Christie este es su libro favorito. Y no entiendo por qué. El libro está bien, es entretenido, no quiero que se malinterprete lo que estoy diciendo; simplemente creo que Y no quedó ninguno (o Los diez negritos) y Asesinato en el Orient Express son mucho mejores.

En este libro cuenta un caso de asesinato con una resolución que se ve a leguas, o al menos yo lo he visto, quizá porque soy muy dada a buscar respuestas. Vamos que me he hecho spoiler a mí misma, lo cual ha s
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Karin
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Best Agatha Christie novel I have read so far!
Clarice
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
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Zeek
Sep 07, 2010 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
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Luke
Dec 08, 2011 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
Jenny
Mar 21, 2016 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!
Vir
Dec 30, 2016 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!
Charlotte Langstroth
"It is always a shock to meet again someone whom you have not seen for a long time but who has been very much present in your mind during that period."
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Crooked House was one of Christie's favourites to write and it's evident in how racy the plot gets with all the typical twists and turns and suspenses that we all love. I read the last 100 pages in one sitting because I was so anxious to find out "who dunnit" (as always my speculation was wrong).
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I remember reading somewhere that one of the reaso
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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