Crooked House (published in 1949) is a whodunit novel by Agatha Christie. The action takes place in and near London in the autumn of 1947. Christie has said that this was one of her two favorites of her own works, the other being Ordeal by Innocence.
The first person narrator is Charles Hayward who, towards the end of the Second World War, occupies some post in Cairo. There he meets Sophia Leonides, who works for the Foreign Office there. They fall in love with each other but put off getting engaged until after the end of the war when they will be reunited back home in England.
When Hayward arrives back home it is only to find an obituary in The Times: Sophia's grandfather, Aristide Leonides, has died, aged 87. Due to the war, the whole family has been living together under one roof, in a large house near London, among them Leonides' second wife, whom many in the family dislike and see as nothing more than a gold digger.
When the news is broken that Aristide Leonides has been poisoned, via a diabetic injection, Charles is unwittingly drawn into the case.
October 29, 2021 Subject:
After binge listening to her Poirot mysteries while working on the house, found this one to be a good listen - and brilliantly read by Hugh Fraser - but recycled a bit. I also figured out the Who Done It early as I did for "And Then There were None" also not a Poirot. And ANY listens are better than any TV versions with the exception of the "Orient Express" movie of 1974 when she was still alive and undoubtedly cleaned up a couple of things in the script and was consulted. I haven't heard a reading of any Miss Marple's. Bottom line: Her Poirot's are her best and this mystery would have been figured out by Poirot very early. He was Christie's alter ego and it worked for tight ingenious plots. Otherwise, as in "And Then There Were None" she either tried to be Dostoevsky or made a spaghetti bowl of incidents that Poirot would have seen through right away!
February 4, 2021 Subject:
Beautifully written and narrated.
Agatha Christie at the height of her powers, as each inhabitant of the house has his or her mo.ent under suspicion.
This novel was never made into a film, so for those of us used to the tv versions of Christie's books, this will be a special treat.
Hugh Fraser is a national treasure.
April 7, 2020 Subject:
Excellent reading by Hugh Fraser.
Reviewer:Mary Ann Mays
December 29, 2019 Subject:
Needing something simple , this reader/listener found The Crooked House to be an entertaing, well written mystery. There were sufficient clues to point to the primal, but so much good description of characters and opinion about criminality that it kept my attention.
If bored with the offering of modern grisly works try this one. I read it was one of Ms Christie's favorites and wasnot disappointed.