Crooked House

There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together in a little crooked house

Apparently this was one of Agatha’s favorite books, and I can completely see why. It twists and turns and takes the reader on a delicious journey that ultimately ends quite sadly and unexpectedly. The odd but entrancing patriarch of a large and crooked family is murdered, and it seems everyone had both opportunity and motive. How to discover who committed the crime?

I think the book deals with this exceptionally well, because equal measure is given to every possibility, including the actual killer. Unlike my issues with the last book, I find that the reader is given every piece of information that the narrator is, allowing a second read to pick up little hints and clues that are almost obvious when you know the culprit.

I also enjoy this particular mystery because I feel like she’s done a wonderful job of really fleshing the characters out. No one is flat or uninteresting, simply because they too are under suspicion. Multiple murders, multiple opportunities, and multiple suspects make this an intriguing read with an artfully made ending.

for next week:

DEATH IN THE AIR

by Agatha Christie

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