Friday, November 7, 2008

Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Sophia Leonides and Charles Hayward fall in love in Egypt during World War II, and vow to meet up again in England. After the war ends, Charles fears their reunion may be interrupted when he sees an obituary for Sophia's grandfather, Aristide, in the newspaper.

The death turns out to be anything but ordinary - the rich old man's demise is mired in mysterious circumstances. Charles is put in the odd position of being both a confidante to Sophia and helping the police (and his father, a Scotland Yard commissioner) with the case.

The obvious conclusion is that Aristide's new young wife and her suspected lover killed him for his massive estate - but are things ever that simple? Suspicion falls on all members of the Leonides family, as one will disappears, another is found, and secrets are uncovered.

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (5 discs/5.7 hours).

I was thrilled to discover an Agatha Christie audiobook that I had not listened to before! And to have it read by Hugh Fraser made it just that much better!

Although I was a bit disappointed that it was not a Poirot or Tommy & Tuppence, it was an entertaining book. Hugh Fraser did a wonderful job of narrating (as usual).

The story was not one of the author's best, but I've never read a Christie that I didn't at least like, so I'll give this one a seven. The characters were rather blah, but the twist ending was certainly not what I'd expected! It wasn't a "Wow! Cool!" twist, but more of a "Huh. Interesting." twist. :)

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆


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