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Crooked House (English, Paperback, Christie Agatha)

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Crooked House  (English, Paperback, Christie Agatha)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007282258, 0007282257
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This book is about a murder story that takes place during the end of World War II.

Summary Of The Book

The story revolves around the Leonides family whose head is the rich old man Aristide. Three generations of the family live together. His sister-in-law Edith takes care of the household matters after his wife died. Aristide remarries and his new wife Brenda is younger than him by several years.

She has an illicit love affair with his grandchildren's tutor. Aristide is killed under mysterious circumstances.

The first-person narrator of the story, Charles Hayward, who is a young man meets Sophia Leonides, granddaughter of Aristide who works for the foreign office when he was working in Cairo and they fall in love. When Hayward returns home he finds the obituary of Sophia's grandfather. Sophia tells her fiance, Charles Hayward that until the killer is arrested they cannot marry. Charles' father being the Assistant Commissioner of Scotland Yard, he is able to participate in the investigation with the detective, Chief Inspector Taverne who is assigned to the case.

The book has a series of characters including an old nanny, a spinster aunt, a scientist, an actress, two brothers having a strained relationship, an angry teenager, and more members of a very strange family. All of them live together in a crooked house. All of them have a cruel element in themselves and anyone could have been the killer.

About Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie born on September 15, 1890 was a British crime writer of novels, plays, and short stories.

Some of her other popular books include Murder On Orient Express, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Death On The Nile, and A Murder is Announced.

She is one of the bestselling novelists of the century. Over a billion copies of her books in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages have been sold. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott. She is well-known for her 66 detective novels and over 15 short story collections. Most of them focus on the investigation of such characters as Miss Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, and Tommy and Tuppence. According to Index Translationum, Christie is the most translated individual author. The translation of her books has been made into at least 103 languages. In 1955, Christie was the first to receive the Mystery Writers of America's highest honor, the Grand Master Award. In the same year she received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play for Witness for the Prosecution. Many of her short stories and books have been filmed, and many have been adapted for radio, television, comics, and video games. She died on January 12, 1976.

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  • Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
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Does the job

This is my first book of Agatha and its quiet interesting book could be finished in a day or two and story has a nice plot though end is quiet astonishing but its rather a quiet simple story with just investigation .....
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Aniket Sawant

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Aug, 2017

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Fantabulous!!

"Writing 'Crooked House' was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best" - Agatha Christie

This is definitely one of the BESTEST of Christie's BEST!!! O..M..G!! What a book!! What a plot!! What a bunch of characters!! What narration!! And what the killer climax!!

Not worth to know even one single tiny detail before you actually hold the masterpiece in your hand and jump into the world of Leonides. Just go for it. The story and the characters will linger long i...
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Prabhakar Naga

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A for Agatha ,A for Amazing !

I had only heard of Agatha Christie books from several book lovers. Now that I've read some of her books, I don't see how how anyone could dislike her work! Believe me,she's that good!
This book is definitely a nail biting read and it builds up so much tension right upto the very end and when the culprit is found, you do not know what happened and how it could have possibly happened..it leaves one stunned.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book :)
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Pratima Bhatt

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A nice story

This book was one of the few best ones by Agatha Christie.I liked the climax especially.I also quite felt like I was reading a horror story.A very nicely written book.
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Karthik Sabarish

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Agatha Christie's self proclaimed best

Agatha Christie has proclaimed this book as her best work. I have read other books by Christie and this is, I have to say by far the best. An amazing story teller, Christie spins the plot around to keep you guessing. I tried in vain to figure out the truth and enjoyed the reading which kept throwing surprises. One of my best reads.
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varun verma

Sep, 2012

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one of the best by christie!

an exciting thriller, worth your time and money!
a bit slow at times..but maintains the suspense and increases in pace at the end. the characters are well explained. a clever plot which ensures that you are kept guessing all the time..and in the end announces the murderer with convincing facts.
probably would count in the same league as and then there were none which is an all time classic!
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Anurag Maji

Jun, 2012

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MINDBLOWING!!

Dame Agatha Christie once herself said "Crooked House and Ordeal By Innocence are two of my personal favourites.". And now after reading this book, I must say this has become one of my favourites too. The climax has a very unpredictable twist and you keep guessing till the end. A well written and a stupendous story that ought to be made into a film. This book is definitely worth reading. And this was my first Agatha Christie book too:-D
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Pratyush Saran

May, 2012

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Highly recommended

As you delve deeper and deeper in this mystery, you realise why this was one of Christie's personal favourites. An eminently engrossing read from start to finish that is strongly recommended, alongside other Christie gems, like "And Then There Was None", "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", "1 2 Buckle My Shoe", etc.
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ZENITH ROY

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Dec, 2018

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SIMPLY MINDBLOWING

ANOTHER CHRISTIE CLASSIC... THIS BOOK WILL SIMPLY SWEEP THE READER OFF HIS FOOT AND THE CLIMAX WILL HAUNT HIM...TERRIFIC END.. AWSM MYSTERY ... A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE.. THE END IS SIMPLY UNEXPECTED AND SHOCKING
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shukti tapaswi

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One of the best from the Queen of Crime!!

A perfectly intact storyline, with all the characters equally involved in the action of murder --- , and a true insight of a cunningly plotted crime makes the book enjoyable by every reader. Definitely a must read !!
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A Adhikari

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Jun, 2014

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Questions and Answers
Q:how days will take to complete reading this book?
A:It has a little bit more than 300 pages and if you read 100 pages a day then approximately you are going to finish reading within 3 and a half days.
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Q:Is it addicting?
A:This is a fantastic novel which will make you wonder who the criminal.
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A:In my opinion it has a very undesiring as well as a fantastic twist in it's storyline which makes it a fantastic book.
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