After having been abroad Charles Hayward only wants to meet his fiancé Sophia Leonides again. The Leonides family seems to be a happy family, living under the same roof. But suspicions within the family arise, when Aristide, Sophia´s grandfather and head of the family, passes away by unnatural means. Charles sets out to solve the mystery behind this mysterious death.
After having read this mystery I feel myself slightly crooked. This family, these characters, the reveal of the murderer … Agatha Christie did it again. She completely fooled me. I did suspect someone, but of course, my guess has been wrong. I love when this happens.
Crookes House is a great mystery and I want to reread this book in the future. I can´t shake the feeling that Agatha Christie hints numerous times at the identity of the murderer and that I simply have been too oblivious to notice these hints. She is magnificient at creating shady characters and throw suspicions on every single one of them, so I guess I had to much on my mind to see what´s been going on right before my eyes.
I have to say, though, that the character of Charles Hayward was a bit to gullible for my taste and his sleuthing talents lack considerably. But oher than that, this has been an excellent read.
As of now I´m suspecting someone. Charles´ father is of the opinion that the murderer has to be both ruthless and unscrupulous and this descriptions fits one person perfectly well:
Sophia. She is such a cold fish.
I´m probably not right, but I´m venturing a guess anyhow. It´s half the fun of reading a Christie mystery.
I checked this BBC Adaptation of from my library because I was in a hurry and it said "unabridged", but it has to be abridged somehow. It was only 1 hour and 45 minutes long? It's a full cast dramatisation though, and perhaps that allowed it to tell the full story without all the descriptive text and 'he said' stuff.
Either way, it was an excellent production, although it's obviously meant to be seen as well as heard, so some of the sound effects didn't work as well as they could have (the 'love' scenes just sounded... damp). I thoroughly enjoyed the production once I got used to the format. But I will read this book in print at some point; I want to know if I've missed any subtleties that Christie is famous for.
The story is one of my favorites so far - definitely darker than her usual, but not as bad as I feared at all. I admit I guessed the murderer, but only because I suspect the actor played the part too well. Something was said midway - I can't even remember what - and I thought, it's probably 'x'. I was never sure, and Christie almost let me astray at one point, but the reveal wasn't the shocking twist it might have been. It didn't diminish my enjoyment in the least.
I have one other of these dramatisations checked out for Murder on the Links and I'm going to go ahead and listen to it (I think golf is boring, so I need the drama), but after that I'll take the time to hunt down the full, true audiobooks of Christie's work; at least for the first read.
I "read" this one with the audio download from a library. I did it this way so that I could knit while I was listening.
A young man has met the woman of his dreams while stationed in Egypt and proposes to her, but states that they will wait until they are back in England to actually propose. Before he can actually meet her family and propose officially, there is a death of her grandfather. She is concerned that the wrong person is going to be accused of the murder and asks her fiancee to help solve the murder.
He meets the entire family and learns the dynamics of the family. His father, a police inspector, encourages him to go and listen to the whole family.
It was an interesting story and had a very interesting twist at the end. I did enjoy this story. I did have to rerun it many times as people kept talking to me and interrupting so that I couldn't follow along.