Book review: Crooked House

Jan 15, 201819 comments

When we hear about Agatha Christie‘s books we immediately associate them with Monsieur Poirot or Miss Marple or the lesser known Tuppence. I was pleasantly surprised that none of these characters would be appearing in Crooked House. To be honest I had never heard of it, until one of my book blogger groups chose Crooked House as the read of the fortnight. Read ahead to know how this ‘whodunnit’ turned out for me.

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Book Name: Crooked House
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Fiction – Thriller
Characters: Charles Hayward, Sophia, Brenda, Josephine, Aristide, Philip, Magda,                                          Roger, Clemency, and Eustace Leonides, Laurence Brown,                                                                 Edith de Haviland, Chief Inspector Taverner
Setting: London, The UK

Crooked House

Charles Hayward returns to England from European war with the hope to marry Sophia Leonides. His plans are spoiled when hears that her wealthy grandfather Aristide Leonides has been murdered, by his own family, no less. Sophia asks him to help her finding out the culprit and announces that she cannot marry him until this is solved. She also indicates that ‘it would be easier if it was the right person.’ His father, Assistant Commissioner of the Yard, gives his assent and encourages the idea.

Crooked HouseThe police suspect the young widow and the tutor while they plead innocence. As Charles gets closer to the family, he understands why Sophia mentioned their ‘ruthlessness.’ Alongwith Sophia’s sister Josephine, Charles tries to find out the real murderer, but not before another murder in the family. Find out who killed them. HINT: It is someone you will like a lot.

First off, it is DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE, so I don’t really have to say anything about her writing. She had me guessing who the killer was and kept me engrossed till the last page. Everytime Charles speaks to a member of the Leonides family, it was not only him that had to keep changing his theory but also the reader. And that is the power of Christie’s writing and the strength of her storyline.

I loved how apt the term ‘crooked’ fits to their house, the members and their characteristics. It ends kinda abruptly but it is not a bigdeal. It has been months since I read an Agatha Christie‘s, and Crooked House made me realize what I had been missing out. If you are in mood for a ‘whodunnit’ you can not go wrong with a Christie.

19 Comments

  1. The Book Recluse Review

    I used to read AC obsessively when I was in middle school. I keep meaning to pick her back up again. Thank you for the reminder.

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    • Gayathri

      Same here. But I hope I can re-read few of them at least this year.

      Reply
    • Gayathri

      I am gonna be reading more of hers, I hope!

      Reply
  2. Sim @ Flipping Through the Pages

    I read my first ever Agatha Christie last week and damn, it was amazing. I am hoping to read onne of her books each month 😊

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    • Gayathri

      I am reading another Christie this week. I wish I could read and re-read all of them some day.

      Reply
  3. Megan @ Ginger Mom

    I am embarrassed to say I haven’t read any of Agatha Christie’s books yet. I have a couple on my kindle but just haven’t picked them up…

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    • Gayathri

      Oh you are missing out. You should definitely catch them up

      Reply
  4. Stacey

    I’ve never read any Agatha Christie, but would love to at some point. Great review

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  5. Katie @ Book Ink Reviews

    Agatha is my sister’s FAVORITE author. I’m glad you enjoyed the book 🙂

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  6. DJ Sakata

    I enjoyed reading her work years ago

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  7. Stormi

    I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book

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  8. Terri A. Wilson

    I’ve read a few Christie books. When I do I try to figure out who did it. I actually took notes in the last one I read.

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    • Gayathri

      That is why I enjoy these whodunnit so much.

      Reply
  9. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    I’ve read Agatha Christie before (and I agree I love her writing!) but not Crooked House! You make a real case for me pick8ng it up! Great review Gayathri ♥️

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  10. lilkadykitty

    Sounds like a good read!

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  11. Libby

    I am glad that you liked this book. I don’t really read from this genera because i might get scared because i am a big chicken

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    • Gayathri

      This is not scary at all Libby. I am a scaredycat too but murder mysteries are super fun.

      Reply
  12. JJ @ This Dark Material

    I actually only read the first and last line of your review to see if you liked it- I’ve got Crooked House on my bookshelf right now, and I want to go in blind 🙂 As soon as I get to it we’ll have to compare notes!

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    • Gayathri

      YES! I am looking forward to it. Don’t worry it is spoiler free, even if you take a peek at it by mistake.

      Reply

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