Crooked house by Agatha Christie
This is a really good whodunnit. The plot is interesting. Aristide Leonides is killed with poison. He had a much younger wife, who is also going to inherit. Charles Hayward is a criminologist who wants to marry into the family, but his future wife said he needs to find out who the criminal is before they can get married.
I didn’t realise who the killer is until it was revealed, thus it was a surprise. I liked that while they seem like a normal family, many of them had motives to want Aristide dead, for their own individual reasons. I really liked the book. Some of the references and aspects are so obvious from the 1940s, but these are not too many to detract from the story. I don’t want to say too much about the book, so not to give spoilers. I highly recommend reading it.
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie
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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
Year it was published: 2011 (first published in 1949)
Genre(s): Murder mystery – fiction
About the author: Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, as the youngest of three. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines. In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie’s death in 1976.
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