Crooked House By Agatha Christie

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Also available in Large Print by Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders The Body in the Library The Murder of Roger Ackroyd The Secret Adversary Three Blind Mice and Other Stories AGATHA GHRJSTTE CROOKED HOUSE G.K.HALL&CO. Boston, Massachusetts 1988 The characters, places, incidents and situations in I this hook are imaginary and have no relation to any person, place, or actual happening Copyright 1948, 1949 by Agatha Christie MaUowan. © renewed 1976, 1977 by Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved. Published in Large Print by arrangement with Dodd, Mead & Company, Inc. G.K. Hall Large Print Book Series. Set in 18 pt Plantin. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Christie, Agatha, 18901976. Crooked house / Agatha Christie.
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p. cm.--(G.K. Hall large print book series) ISBN 0-8161-4463-X (Ig. print) ISBN 0-8161-4502-4 (Ig. print.-pb) 1. Large type books. I. Tide. [PR6005.H66C76 1988] 823'.912--dcl9 87-32146 CIP To PUNKIE, who likes an orthodox detective story, murder, inquest, and suspicion falling on everyone in turn! % CROOKED HOUSE ^ One I first came to know Sophia Leonides in Egypt towards the end of the war. She held a fairly high administrative post in one of the Foreign Office departments out there. I knew her first in an official capacity, and I soon appreciated the efficiency that had brought her to the position she held, in spite of her youth (she was at that time just twenty two). 4
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Besides being extremely easy to look at, she had a clear mind and a dry sense of humour that I found very delightful. We became friends. She was a person whom it was extraordinarily easy to talk to and we enjoyed our dinners and occasional dances very much. All this I knew; it was not until I was ordered East at the close of the European war that I knew something else — that I loved Sophia and that I wanted to marry her. We were dining at Shepheard's when I made this discovery. It did not come to me with any shock of surprise, but more as the recognition of a fact with which I had been long familiar. I looked at her with new eyes -- but I saw what I had already known for a long time. I liked everything I saw. The dark crisp hair that sprang up proudly from her forehead, the vivid blue eyes, the small square fighting chin, and the straight nose. I liked the well cut light grey tailormade, and the crisp white shirt. She looked refreshingly English and that appealed to me strongly after three years without seeing my native land. Nobody, I thought, could
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be more English -- and even as I was thinking exactly that, I suddenly wondered if, in fact, she was, or indeed could be, as English as she looked. Does the real thing ever have the perfection of a stage performance? I realised that much and freely as we had talked together, discussing ideas, our likes and dislikes, the future, our immediate friends and acquaintances -- Sophia had never mentioned her home or her family.
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