Book Review | Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Crooked House

Author: Agatha Christie  // Published: March 1948

★★★★

Described by the queen of mystery herself as one of her favorites of her published work, Crooked House is a classic Agatha Christie thriller revolving around a devastating family mystery.

The Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is 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, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter.

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So this book has been on my tbr for some time, and I saw that the movie adaptation was on Netflix and I just had to read the book. This book was so brilliant I don’t think I even have enough words to explain it to you.

Most of the Agatha Christie books I’ve read have been a part of the Hercule Poirot series, and I’ve loved most of them. I was surprised that this one didn’t follow him and instead we had a very different kind of detective trying to solve this mystery. Different but pleasant. One thing that never changes in Christie’s books is her ability to manipulate the way you think every step of the way. You’d have guessed all the possible murderers throughout the book and you’d still be surprised by the big reveal. Where a lot of mystery novels often disappoint me, Agatha Christie seldom does. This one was no different.

I loved that no one was above suspicion in this one. I genuinely lost count of how many times I went back and forth between all the characters. Every time I thought I had it I didn’t. I was definitely engaged reading Crooked House and I enjoyed the constant interrogation. I mean, it confused me while I was trying to solve things but the ending really blew me away. The plot was well crafted in every sense of the word. Kept me hooked and the atmosphere was amazing and perfect as a winter or fall read. Where I’d usually give myself more time to read books like these, I just couldn’t. I had to know who did it and immediately.

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. The ending really surprised me but instead of making me disappointed it just made me even more excited to pick up more of her books. Can’t recommend this book enough. The book gave me Knives Out vibes so if you loved that movie as much as I did I definitely recommend reading this.


About the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages. She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.


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Do you have a favourite Agatha Christie novel? Have you read Crooked House?

15 thoughts on “Book Review | Crooked House by Agatha Christie

  1. I have read 2 Agatha Christie novels and there’s one in this month’s TBR
    Both ATTWN and Murder of Roger Ackroyd (which was part of my syllabus) were really good!!!
    I have murder on the Orient express, have you got other recommendations for me?:)

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    • ATTWN is one of my favourites! Definitely need to read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd soon. Murder on the Orient Express was one of my first ones and I loved it so much so I hope you will too. Peril at End House and The ABC Murders are others that I highly recommend 😍

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      • Yes thank you for the recs, I’ll definitely read them!
        Oh and fun fact- Murder of Roger Ackroyd was part of my syllabus. The teacher spoilt the entire story in her third or fourth and we were furious about it. Lucky for me, I didn’t attend those classes lol;) I hope you like the book as much as I did❤️

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