Genre: Crime, Thriller
Publisher: HarperCollins Publisher
Publication date: 1949 (Original Publication)
Page Count: 302
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In the sprawling, half-timbered mansion in the affluent suburb of Swinly Dean, Aristide Leonides lies dead from barbiturate poisoning. An accident? Not likely. In fact, suspicion has already fallen on his luscious widow, a cunning beauty fifty years his junior, set to inherit a sizeable fortune, and rumored to be carrying on with a strapping young tutor comfortably ensconced in the family estate. But criminologist Charles Hayward is casting his own doubts on the innocence of the entire Leonides brood. He knows them intimately. And he’s certain that in a crooked house such as Three Gables, no one’s on the level…
Why hello there! It has been way too long since I last reviewed here. I do apologize for the lack of posts for this blog. Life has been hectic with so many personal and work commitments that I had to put reading, and blogging, on hold. I do miss blogging and bringing you loads of recommendations, so hopefully I’ll be back to blogging regularly starting this May 🙂 I’ve got a few book reviews up my sleeve!
So on to my latest review!
“I’ve never met a murderer who wasn’t vain… It’s their vanity that leads to their undoing, nine times out of ten.They may be frightened of being caught, but they can’t help strutting and boasting and usually they’re sure they’ve been far too clever to be caught.”
Crooked House happens to be my first Agatha Christie. This was a gift from a friend and whilst I wish I could have started with And Then There Were None as my first AG book, Crooked House is a good enough book. Nonetheless, I now understand why AG is so famous as a crime writer. Her writing is simple enough to follow along and her plots always, always keep you on your feet! I remember reading this on the train, and I almost missed my stop numerous times because I was too engrossed in the whole book!
“Curious thing, rooms. Tell you quite a lot about the people who live in them.”
Crooked House lets us peek into the peculiar house of the Leonides where a mysterious death has taken place (which is how all of AG stories start, I’ve heard). While the plot takes you on this journey to better know the family and the young man associated with them, it does have an air of cliche-ness surrounding it where you try to figure out who the murderer was and whether s/he was obvious in the book. But despite that, you have this sense of feeling that you’re closer to figuring out who the murderer was and how great it would feel if you had gotten it right.
AG plays with our emotions and sets a suspenseful setting while reading her book. And I love books that just grabs your attention from the beginning and makes you think in order to solve the case. And while AG is a well known crime writer, she didn’t become popular by writing cliche plots and endings….
“What are murderers like? Some of them, have been thoroughly nice chaps.”
This story grips you in from the beginning and the plot twist will shock you (apparently she’s very good at these too). I thoroughly enjoyed being surprised as the murderer was revealed and thought this book was an overall nice read. It gave me a fresh new insight to how crime fiction is written! Give it a go if you want to try out crime fiction. I’ve only tried a handful and AG is definitely someone you shouldn’t miss out on reading!