“Crooked House” by Agatha Christie

"This story is set in London around the 1950s. It starts with a huge house, where an elderly patriarch is mysteriously poisoned and his extended family is the first to be a suspect."
Por Dafne Venet
Jun 22, 2022

Today, we will talk about one of the many iconic books by the famous Agatha Christie. In her repertoire of great literary works, we find Crooked House, a fascinating story that will surprise you and leave you wanting more. This story is set in London around the 1950s. It starts with a huge house, where an elderly patriarch is mysteriously poisoned and his extended family is the first to be a suspect. 

We first get introduced to Charles Hayward:

A young man who is enlisted in the diplomatic service and is the main protagonist and first-person narrator of the story. At the end of World War II, Charles fulfills his diplomatic service in Cairo, where he meets and falls in love with a very beautiful woman named Sophia Leonides. However, during this time he is sent to work in the Far East. After two years, he returns to England, seeks out Sophia and asks her to marry him. However, Sophia’s grandfather, Aristide Leonides, had recently died, he had been poisoned, and for obvious reasons his direct relatives were the main suspects. 



The grandfather was married to a young woman who left her an impressive fortune after his death. She was never wanted by the Lenoid relatives, so she was a very “obvious” suspect; very obvious would say Charles Hayward, who was curious to go for the obvious answer. He was in opposition to his father, Arthur Hayward, who seeks his help because his father is not only the deputy commissioner of Scotland Yard, but is also overseeing the case of the death of Aristide Leonides.

Arthur asks his son Charles to go undercover as a spy and infiltrate the Leonides family in Three Gables, where the house lies. Charles doesn’t like this idea but it was the only way to gather “inside information” from the family, and Sophia agrees with this, it was the only way that would help her find the truth. Until her grandfather’s death was resolved, Sophia was not going to marry Charles because a cloud of suspicion was always going to fall over her and the rest of her family; a great incentive for Charles to find the person responsible for causing the Lenoides family a grave disturbance.

This is one of the most famous novels by the author Agatha Christie.

Which is still relevant today. Other classic books of hers have received more attention, but this story is undoubtedly very well done. It’s a quick read and just as fun as her other books.

Dafne Venet

Dafne Venet

Arts & Books writer of The Bookish Man.
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