Crooked House

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A patriarch is murdered and the granddaughter’s fiancé investigates. The wedding can’t go ahead until the culprit is caught.

‘Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.’

Agatha Christie,


About this story

First released

October 1948 (novella in Cosmopolitan, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery

Formats

  • Novel, 
  • Radio Play

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

The crooked house of the title is much like the house in the nursery rhyme There was a Crooked Man. The narrator, in love with a daughter of the household, wonders if this means dishonest or as she describes it “twisted and twining”, unable to grow up independently, all surrounding the family patriarch and murder victim.

The shock ending was nothing new for Agatha Christie (read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd), but it certainly surprised her readers.

The story was adapted for a four-part radio drama on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

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The crooked house of the title is much like the house in the nursery rhyme There was a Crooked Man. The narrator, in love with a daughter of the household, wonders if this means dishonest or as she describes it “twisted and twining”, unable to grow up independently, all surrounding the family patriarch and murder victim.

The shock ending was nothing new for Agatha Christie (read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd), but it certainly surprised her readers.

The story was adapted for a four-part radio drama on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

“Poisoning of aged iniquitous anglicised Levantine millionaire. Nicely characterised family of suspects. Delicious red herrings. Infinite suspense and shocking surprise finish”

The Observer, 1949



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