If the average mystery story be the sanctuary of great minds in their moments of relaxation, the "The Crooked House" will undoubtedly furnish hair-raising moments for many, as it is a mystery story of the first rank.
-but to an artistic temperament I can understand that the effect would be acute. What extraordinary event can such a blaze be intended to celebrate?"
"I don't know," she returned, a little shortly. "He has told us nothing."
Her eyes strayed anxiously to the door. The movements of her hands were nervous.
"I wish he would come," she muttered--and stood away from them.
Tranter drew his companion across the room.
"Well?" he asked, smiling. "How do you like this somewhat showy welcome?"
"My friend," said Monsieur Dupont slowly--"into what manner of house have you brought me?"
"Copplestone is a curious fellow," Tranter replied. "I warned you to be prepared for something unusual."
"It is a crooked house," said Monsieur Dupont. "It stands on a crooked road, and there are crooked paths all round it. And everything is crooked inside it."
"These decorations are crooked enough, at any rate," Tranter laughed.
"These decorations," said Monsieur Dupont, "
The book started out well enough - Dupont seemed as if he might develop into an interesting character and the crooked house seemed like a great setting for a crime. So I kept plugging along hoping things would develop, but it let me down. The book suffers from a highly contrived plot, annoying overly melodramatic dialog, and major characters simply being dropped mid way.
Whoop-de-do! Something for everyone: a hotdog French detective—something like a Clouseau with psychic powers—a serial killer who strikes but once in ten years, a hero who turns out to be a villain and a villain who turns at the last moment into a hero, plus melodrama and unlikely situations galore.
Contra all the other reviews I must give this a one for general stupidity of plot, premise, and motivation.
Apart from that such a madness can't be inherited (at that time, they suspected nearly everything to be inherited, until twin studies were made), this was a gripping and well-told mystery.
My goodness! This is a ride! Just when you are sure that you've figured it out, be assured that you haven't! Enjoy.
A French detective runs down a psychopathic killer. This is an awesome mystery. Very disturbing and terrifying.