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Agatha Christie
Crooked House


Author: Agatha Christie
Starring: Rory Kinnear, Anna Maxwell Martin, Phil Davis and Grianne Dromgoole
BBC Audio
RRP: £12.99
ISBN: 978 1 405 67813 1
Available 03 March 2008

With World War II at an end, Charles Hayward is finally free to marry the woman he loves, Sophia Leonides. However, she refuses - the unexplained death of her grandfather, wealthy businessman Aristide Leonides, draws her back to the suffocating environment of her family home. Charles follows, but his arrival coincides with the discovery that Aristide's death was murder. The ensuing investigation drags Charles into the dark heart of the family, and its deadly secrets and dangers. Even if Charles escapes with his life, will he survive the corrosive effect of the family itself?...

Crooked House was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 throughout February 2008, and is based on Agatha Christie's 1949 novel.

The BBC has done an impressive job of bringing the tale to radio. And there's nothing included here that will date the production either. Though set just after the Second World War, this drama could just have easily been set in modern times, and it's this timeless approach that will ensure that this drama not only appeals to everyone, but will also not age the production in years to come. The cast are all impressive, allowing you to easily slip into their world.

As with most of Christie's tales, she keeps the reader (or in this case listener) guessing right up until the closing chapters who is guilty of the murders.

At the end of the day this is a well produced and lovingly polished interpretation of one of Christie's best novels.


Nick Smithson

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