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Publisher's Note:

Now a Feature Film from Sony Pictures Starring Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, and Glenn Close Described by the Queen of Mystery herself as one of her favorites of her published works, 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. “Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.” —Agatha Christie…

Crooked House

by Agatha Christie

Overall Book Review:

Crooked House by Agatha Christie is supposedly one of her personal favorites.  It is a stand-alone mystery–not a Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot mystery.  It has all the trademark Christie elements: location, murder, large cast of suspicious and unique characters, red herrings, and the detective to unravel it all.  As usual, absolutely solid mystery writing by Christie with a surprise solution at the conclusion–which seems oh so obvious when the solution is being outlined in the final chapter.  A short novel at only a little over 200 pages, the pages will fly by and it can easily be read in an evening.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  6 religious exclamations; 5 mild obscenities; 2 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  Character reads of a death in the newspaper; report that a character was poisoned and this is referred to multiple times during the book; report that someone stabbed/killed two people in his youth; list of death of family members due to accidents, illness, etc.; character shouts he wants to kill someone by wringing their neck; general discussions about murders, motivations, types, etc.; 12-year old knocked unconscious; report of death by poisoning; report of deaths by gunshot (adult and child); written diary detailing how crimes were committed.

Sex/Nudity:  Report/implication of out of wedlock pregnancy which turned out to be a false alarm; a married woman and unmarried man are thought to be romantically involved and this is referred to several times and a line of questioning in the investigation.

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, suicide.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters smoke cigarettes and cigars; adults drink.

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!