When Whicher offers to help a country lady find her niece, he's drawn into a disturbing case of murder which brings him up against wealthy and powerful figures and throws him into conflict with his former police colleagues.
In this classic Agatha Christie detective story, former diplomat Charles Hayward has returned from Cairo to London to become a private detective. When Aristide Leonides, a wealthy and ruthless tycoon, is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Hayward is invited to solve the crime. As the investigation deepens he must confront the shocking realization that one of the key suspects is Aristede's beautiful granddaughter, his employer and former lover; and must keep a clear head to navigate the sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family.
In the extras, Simon Bowles asserts that Crooked House (1949) is the last novel written before Christie's death that didn't employ Miss Marple or Poirot. In fact, the following 10 novels were published after Crooked House without Marple or Poirot:
They Came to Baghdad (1951)
A Daughter's a Daughter (1952 as Mary Westmacott)
Destination Unknown (1954 aka "So Many Steps to Death")
The Burden (1956 as Mary Westmacott)
By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1958)
Ordeal by Innocence (1958) and The Pale Horse (1961) although Marple is artificially placed in these itv adaptations she does not appear in the original works)
Endless Night (1967)
Passenger to Frankfurt (1970)
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Death of a legend. It is with sorrow that the country learned this week of the death of Aristide Leonides. Born in 1871, he arrived from Greece, aged 23, without a penny in his pocket, and opened his first restaurant that same year. The first hotel was ready for business not long after. His first wife, Lady Marcia de Haviland, died young. But Mr. Leonides wasn't alone at the end. He is survived by his young and lovely American widow, Brenda. Here is Mr. Leonides with his eldest ...
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Great cast, excelllent plot, and an unexpected ending. Add in a very good script and perfect scenery. From my experience it's one of Agatha Christie's best. My only two concerns were that the volume of the sound rose to ear piercing levels when any music came on, and there were so many characters that I sometimes got confused as to who was married to who and the relationships between them.
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