Title: Crooked House
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 192
Unfortunately, this isn’t Christie at her best. That kind of surprised me, because my edition includes a little introduction in which she says it’s one of the few books of hers that was a pleasure to write from start to finish. It seems to be one of the ones that she’s most proud of, but I just thought it was predictable.
This is especially true when it comes to who the murderer was, which was pretty easy to guess purely because it’s a trope that she’s used elsewhere throughout her oeuvre. There was some great characterisation, but then my favourite character also ended up being the first murder victim, so there’s that.
All in all, I was disappointed by this one, and while I am glad that I’ve read it, I can’t imagine that I’ll be going back to it any time soon. Christie just has so many other novels to choose from, and this one just seemed to drag despite being one of her shorter ones. Read at your peril.