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3 Mar 2008 Agatha Christie Collection

A wealthy Greek businessman is found dead at his London home…

The Leonides were one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That was until the head of the household, Aristide, was murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.

Suspicion naturally falls on the old man’s young widow, fifty years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiance of the late millionare’s granddaughter…

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007136862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007136865
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.’
Agatha Christie

‘Her sleight of hand is impeccable.’
New Statesman

Saturday Review of Literature

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Then the wealthy patriarch of the household, Aristide, is murdered – injected not with insulin for his diabetes but with a killer substance. Suspicion falls on the whole household, including Aristide’s two sons, his widow – fifty years his junior – and even his three grandchildren. Could any member of this seemingly devoted family have had a hand in his death? Can Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter, help the police find the killer? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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One of the best and most original murder mysteries that I've read, the family around which the whole plot revolves are all astoundingly different, they add their own tensions to an already confused situation, the murder victim is someone we should never like but do, in fact its even possible to have sympathy with the gold digger wife. The ending took me completely by suprise, altogether one of my most enjoyable reads this year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crooked House 17 Oct 2005
Apparently "Crooked House" was one of the few books that Agatha Christie herself was truly satisfied with upon its completion. Certainly it's an entertaining romp around the totally dysfunctional family of Aristide Leonides and there's many an amusing character to enjoy.
Charles Hayward is a young man making his way with a promising career with the foreign office. In a posting to Egypt he meets the beautiful Sophia Leonides and the two fall in love. Charles plans to marry Sophia but the couple decide to give themselves time to see if their feelings for each other are strong enough. After a gap Charles meets Sophia back in London but tragedy has struck the Leonides family as Sophia's grandfather and the family's patriarch Aristide has been found murdered in his house. Sophia feels that until the cloud of suspicion is lifted from the family she cannot marry Charles.
Charles's father is none other than the Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard and along with Chief Inspector Taverner he is sent to the family home in Swinly Dean to see if there are any clues to come to light whilst being "an insider". The family home is a curious building of three separate dwellings comprised into one building, giving it the nick name of "Crooked House". In one part lives Sophia's parents, her remote father Philip, her excitable and effected mother Magda and her sulky brother Eustace and sneaky sister Josephine. Upstairs lives Philip's brother the hearty but incompetent Roger and his wife the cold and calm Clemency.
As far as Sophia's immediate family are concerned the person most likely to have committed the crime is Aristide's second wife Brenda who was 50 years younger than her ex-husband.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As a huge Agatha Christie fan, this book lived up to all my expectations, the central caracters are well drawn and the setting as claustrophobic as ever, a wide and varieed group of people trapped together by cirucstance, as ever the ending was a complete suprise to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 4 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
A great plot - really enjoyed listening to it. Considering it's not Poirot (my usual choice of Agatha Christie) I thought it was excellent, and good value for a 2 CD story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery. 6 Jun 2001
A really good Christie, made even better by the fact that I got it! This is one of her favourites and it is easy to see why. The Leonides are wonderfully portrayed and we really get a feeling for the house and the people. Certainly, I would agree that this is one of her best non-Poirot, non-Marple novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is better. 3 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's something you always hear said, but in this case it's very true. Reading it was an experience in lovely plot twists, gothic atmosphere, and an atmosphere of chills--not of scariness--but of pleasure to sink into this murder story with lots of suspects and red herrings and wanting to know what happens next and never quite expecting what does. Reading it at night you're always saying, okay, I'll read just one more chapter and then I'll go to sleep. Well, maybe just one more. And finally it's 2:30 am, and you're saying that's an incredible ending--what fun!. All very satsifying. Now the BBC production is faithful to the novel but just does not capture the fun. Not that the characters, except for maybe the little girl, are supposed to be having fun, but they the actors don't seem to be having fun either--and they really should be. It's great to act in a Christie play or adaptation. And often the BBC adatations really hit that well--but it these actors were worried too much about getting it right. And so while you hear the mystery and can follow the plot, it never feels like everyone's excited to be working on a Christie and they should be. I'm not saying they should be giggling or even sending up the characters, but we don't need deep psychological introspection either--that's not what Christie is about--She's not Arthur Miller or Thomas Hardy--but she's just as great in her own way which is clearly quite different, and this production just didn't quite get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great whodunit 12 Nov 2012
By Bakey
I usually read Agatha Christie's Poirot or Marple novels but heard this was a good stand alone book so thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did, it has all the usual hallmarks of a good Christie and lots of suspects. I kept changing my mind as to who the murderer was and it certainly keeps you guessing until the very end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great introduction to audio books 22 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is one of my first audio books, and it was great, not too long, but had all the christie suspense and twists, and if you're just starting with audio books, you don't want it to be too long - lose interest, and you need to feel like it was worth listening to, and this fits the bill. Perfect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good mystery
Pretty good mystery. The story starts off really well building very good characters and exploring their interplay in a captivating manner. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Jac Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Colingalle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Crooked House was first published in 1949 and was one of Christie's own favourites among her books. She was fond of titling her books after popular nursery rhymes and this one is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aletheuon
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice enough
Makes a change to read a Christie without one of the two major protagonists for once. It was cleverly put together, with a fair number of red herrings scattered throughout.
Published 2 months ago by P. W. H. Bradley
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best but readable
At the start of the book Agatha Christie wrote that this was one of her favourites and everyone that she'd ask liked it too, sorry Agatha I have to disagree. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars good play
As above have not heard it as it was a present for someone in the Czech republic I hope she likes it.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. Tischler
5.0 out of 5 stars Crooked House
Another fine story by Agatha Christie on CD Audio discs. The plot doesn't disappoint, and I didn't expect anything else, as I love listening to all Agatha Christie stories.
Published 5 months ago by M. E. Currey
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing straight about this book!
Another well written who dunnit. Really enjoyable and great value. A must for a relaxing read that makes you think.
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
Not bad. A bit slow in places and tended to be a bit confusing sometimes. Not one of Agatha's best.
Published 8 months ago by Mr Barry Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars How to solve great writing
My favourite Agatha Christie so far. Deceptively simple yet intricately written. A truly wonderful mystery that'll have you gripped within the first few pages.
Published 11 months ago by Chris92
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