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eBook The Crooked House (Dodo Press) epub
  • ISBN: 1409907465
  • Author: Brandon Fleming
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dodo Press (October 21, 2008)
  • Pages: 188 pages
  • ePUB size: 1841 kb
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In the novel Crooked House by Agatha Christie, one member of the Leonides family inherited all of the clan's worst traits. She said she believed Josephine needed to be away from the house with a second murder investigation taking place. Yet, it was hard for the family to believe that one of its own was so morally bankrupt that they murdered Aristide Leonides, the elderly patriarch. Leonides' wife (Brenda) and her lover (Laurence Brown) were arrested for the murder. Both she and Josephine were dead.

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The Crooked House is a pub and restaurant in South Staffordshire, England. Its name and distinctive appearance are the result of 19th century mining subsidence. One side of the building is now approximately 4 feet (. m) lower than the other. It stands in an isolated location close to Himley just off the B4176 road between Dudley and Telford, approximately three miles from the nearest town centres of Sedgley and Dudley.

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““Monsieur Tranter! A moment! ” The Right-Honorable John Tranter swung round, latch-key in hand. Behind him, an enormous figure emerged, with surprisingly agile and noiseless steps, from the shadow of the adjoining house-a figure almost grotesque and monstrous in the dim light of the street lamp. The very hugeness of the apparition was so disconcerting that John Tranter drew back with a startled exclamation. ”
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In the introduction to this book, the author says that it was an idea that she had been mulling over for many years before she finally got around to writing it. She also says that it is one of her favorites. It's not one of my favorites, although I enjoyed re-reading it, especially in light of what I know of the author's life.

It's a book about families and family relationships. By the time of its writing, Christie had lived through two world wars. She had been married twice and divorced once. She had raised a daughter and was enjoying being a grandmother. And she was (like all good writers) an observer. In her autobiography she says, "Now that I am older and have seen more and know more about men and women...."

The plot of this book revolves around the quirks of human nature as seen by a shrewd woman with decades of experience. The characters are believable because the reader senses that they were all based on people that the author had known. Christie knew that there are different kinds of ruthlessness and that most of us are capable of being ruthless (perhaps even to the point of committing murder) if the stakes are high enough. There are three murders and one suicide in this book and all occurred because someone found them necessary.

This is one of Christie's "stand-alone" mysteries. No Miss Marple. No Hercule Poirot. The narrator is a man whose young adult life has been consumed by WWII. He's familiar with crime because his father is Commissioner of Police and he's in love with the granddaughter of the first victim. He knows that when a murder goes unsolved, the innocent suffer as much (if not more) than the guilty and he's determined that his Sophia won't spend the rest of her life under a cloud of suspicion.

It's a good mystery with a horrifying, but inevitable conclusion. And it makes you think. I can see why Christie was proud of it.
This is a period book written in post-war Britain. The book is written in first person from the view of a man in love with a woman whose grandfather has recently been murdered. She and her entire family fervently hope the killer is the young wife of the grandfather, but they also harbor an equally fervent belief that the killer is actually one of them. The young woman will not marry until the cloud over the family is dispelled, so her lover, along with Scotland Yard, must solve the murder mystery.
This is my all-time favorite Christie and I've read it several times over the years. I was pleased to read in this edition that Dame Agatha also considered this to be one of her best. I bought this copy for my husband, who loves her books but had never read this one. He has mentioned it over and over since finishing it.

It is truly one of a kind and if you like her writing you should get ready to see a particularly dark corner of her mind.
Asking an author to choose the favorite book he or she wrote is often like asking a grandparent to choose a favorite grandchild; it results in a meaningless response like “they are all special to me.” Agatha Christie, perhaps the best pure mystery writer of all time, might be forgiven had she made a similar statement. However, Christie never hesitated in naming her two favorite books, one of which was “Crooked House” (she says as much in the introduction to this edition), and, after reading the book, I can understand why.

“Crooked House” take place in the English countryside shortly after World War II. A wealthy octogenarian businessman dies as a result of someone switching some eye drops for his insulin shortly before he received his daily injection. The man had a second wife some 50 years his junior, who quickly becomes the prime suspect, along with her boyfriend, and he also had a bunch of other relatives who all conveniently lived in the same house with him and who all possibly had financial and other motives to wish his demise sooner rather than later. Further, everyone in the house knew about and had access to the victim’s medications and that switching them could be fatal.

Despite Christie’s love for the book, “Crooked House” isn’t nearly as well known as many of her works, such as “Murder on the Orient Express.” The reason for this relative obscurity may well be that “Crooked House” does not feature either of Christie’s two famous detectives, Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple. Instead, the narrator is Charles Hayward a diplomat who spent the war overseas and has just rekindled his romance with Sophia, the granddaughter of the dead businessman. Because Hayward’s father is a police officer, he is asked to stay at the house for a while and talk to the various witnesses in hopes of finding a clue.

Unlike many Christie novels, the solution to “Crooked House” does not depend on unraveling a lot of tiny bits of physical evidence to determine that Colonel Mustard was the only person who had access to the conservatory at the right moment. Instead, the clues are primarily psychological, and figuring out the killer requires figuring out which of the suspects has the temperament of a killer since pretty much everybody could have easily done it. Fortunately, Charles has one or two good scenes with each suspect, so he can make observations as to their guilty behavior or lack thereof.

With the clues primarily being psychological, “Crooked House” resembles one of those optical illusions that is impossible to spot unless you happen to look at it in just the right way. A number of people do figure out the killer’s identity, as judged by the reviews, while others it near impossible. No matter how adept the reader is, one thing is sure; like “Orient Express,” once readers finish “Crooked House,” it’s one they are almost sure to remember.

My admiration for the puzzle in “Crooked House” is tempered a bit by the book’s shortcomings as a novel. Charles is the epitome of the dull narrator—no exercising the little gray cells here—and his romance with Sophia, which other writers might take advantage to ratchet up the suspense is curiously tepid. The only function Charles serves is to provide the narration and give the suspects a shoulder to cry upon. And, although the characters are a bit quirky, readers never lose sight of the fact that “Crooked House” is essentially a book-length puzzle with characters that are given only as much development as needed to support the storyline.

“Crooked House” may only be a puzzle, but it’s a very good one, and one that readers will remember. Having read a number of Christie books over the years, I disagree with the author’s assessment that it’s the best of her work, but it’s still an enjoyable read for mystery fans.
And considering how enjoyable even her not so great writing is, that's high praise. Well drawn characters and a clever plot. Generally I dislike mysteries that are solved with a confession but this one works because, like the main character, you wonder how you missed all the clues.
This is one of Agatha Christie's lesser known stories, but she doesn't disappoint. A young man falls in love with a young woman in Egypt during the war. They become great friends and Charles subsequently falls in love with beautiful, mysterious Sophia Leonides. But he has two more years to go before he can return to England. When he does return, the first thing he does is look for Sophia. They are to meet for dinner in London, but she suddenly cannot make it. He learns of the death of her grandfather, who did not die naturally. Charles's father is with Scotland Yard and asks his son to go to Swinly Dean with one of the inspectors and scope out the situation. This is quintessential Agatha Christie English Country House Mystery.
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