Monday, February 18, 2013

Crooked House

My sister and I launched our book challenge less than two weeks ago.  The challenge was to read (and blog about) at least five of the ten books on our list.

Fortunately for my reading obsession (and unfortunately for my aching body), I got sick with a cold/sinus infection/fever and spent some of last week on the couch reading.  

I began with Crooked House by Agatha Christie.  The very first Agatha Christie book I ever read was And Then There Were None, and it was perhaps the best "whodunit" I have read before or since.  I've read a few Miss Marple mysteries and I  liked  Murder on the Orient Express which is a Hercule Poirot mystery, but my mind always went back to the gold standard!

I'll admit tha Crooked House was not as good as And Then There Were None, but it was good enough to make me want to keep reading late at night when I should have been sleeping and good enough to pick up during the commercials of Survivor to finish the last few chapters.  

Crooked House was a short read (150 pages) and captured me from the first chapter.  The elderly patriarch of a wealthy family is murdered and everyone is a suspect.  With the extended family sharing space in one big house, all have access to the poison and no one has an air-tight alibi.  Just when you think it could be anyone...or no one...the answer is revealed.  

Do you read Agatha Christie?  Do you have a favorite?


  1. I have always loved Agatha Christie mysteries and especially her Miss Marple character (knitting while she solves a crime). Her characters Tommy & Tuppence Beresford are good too. Agatha Christie's mysteries are what I tend to pick up when I'm not feeling well. I don't remember reading Crooked House but it reminds me I need to get back to my reading. I've started the fiction Blood Moon by Hal Lindsey.

  2. For some reason I have a very hard time getting into adult fiction (although I love reading fiction to the kids). My mom loves Agatha Christie though, so I'll pass on this title to see if she's read it.

  3. I have never read any Agatha Christie but was intrigued by your endorsement of And Then There Were None, so I picked it up. And could not put it down. What a great book! Kind of makes me want to read more from her, but kind of not now that I've read the best. Thanks!

  4. I love Agatha! My best friend in High School and I would each buy a different A.C. book, read it and then trade. Once we traded we would "guess" who we thought did it and by which chapter we "knew". I really got him good with Murder on the Orient Express. I won't spoil it for any one who hasn't read it yet but I figured it out right after the murder was committed. I used to have a collection of her books but some well meaning person commented on them and I fell under condemnation and threw them all out. I could smack myself now- some of them I hadn't read.


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