The Leonides are a very closely knit family with Aristide, the grandfather, being the head. What Aristide lacks in looks he makes up in charm and intelligence. So it comes as a mystery when he is injected wth a deadly barbiturate. Who would have wanted a sickly old man, devoted to his family, dead? The outcome of the story is bewildering. Even though the facts are laid out plainly enough, the outcome had me feeling like Watson who, similarly, reached the wrong conclusion despite all facts laid bare. Not surprisingly, Agatha Christie classifies Crooked House as one of her best, and added that it was a work of pure pleasure. This book is definitely one of the most captivating and bewildering of all Agatha Christie's mysteries. A must read.