by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie created some of the most memorable protagonists in mystery-novel history. But her secondary characters, including the villains, tend to be interchangeable from one book to the next. When an episode of Poirot that I first watched years ago plays again on TV, I can never recall “who done it,” because none of the characters stick to my memory. This isn’t the case in Crooked House, one of Christie’s personal favorites among her novels (writing it was “pure pleasure,” she said). I guarantee that even if you’re able to guess the identity of the culprit, you won’t soon forget him – or her.
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