Agatha Christie Week: Crooked House & Ordeal By Innocence

Good morning and happy weekend to everyone! Today I wanted to talk about Agatha Christie… Some years ago, when I didn’t have this blog and a million books in my TBR, whenever I didn’t know what to read, I always chose a book by Agatha Christie because I knew I would be instantly hooked. I read many of them when I was about 12-13, but there are still too many I haven’t yet read.

This week, I happened to watch both a film and a miniseries based on two of Agatha Christie’s books. I loved them so much that I felt like I could spend the rest of my life watching Agatha Christie adaptations… 💜

The Crooked House

I know this movie came out a while ago, but in Spain, it was released only last week. I was excited because I hadn’t read the book (even though I own it) and the trailer looked awesome. After watching the film, I have to say I wasn’t disappointed! Not only I loved the main character (okay, I might love Max Irons), but his relationship with Sophia was interesting as well. You could feel the tension between them.

The mystery was so gripping: everyone had their reasons, but who killed Leonides? The new wife? The sister-in-law? The sons? The big house was the perfect setting for a mystery like this and I honestly had no idea of who the killer was… The ending was perfection, I never saw that coming!

Ordeal By Innocence

The day after watching The Crooked House, my boyfriend and I decided to watch the new Agatha Christie adaptation: Ordeal By Innocence. I didn’t even know about the existence of this book but I can tell you now that this is already one of my favorite stories by her!

This series was beautifully filmed, and it was so so so creepy that I was in love within the first 5 minutes. Moreover, I want to highlight two performances: the first one is Matthew Goode’s (who happens to be one of my favorite actors ever since I fell in love with him in Match Point and Chasing Liberty). He was incredible here, and so despicable! The second one is Anthony Boyle’s, and I’m telling you, this Irish actor is amazingly talented and if he doesn’t become a big movie star in the next few years, I will be angry! His Jack Argyll was unforgettable.

This time, we were pretty sure about the killer’s identity but that didn’t bother us one bit. The last scene gave me all the chills and I would watch this series again in the future, so yes, that is how much I loved it.

Have you watched any of these adaptations? Have you read the books? What did you think?

7 thoughts on “Agatha Christie Week: Crooked House & Ordeal By Innocence

  1. Ann Marie says:

    I read a few Agatha Christie books when I was very young but I honestly don’t remember which ones. I’ve been thinking of reading one of hers lately. Do you have a favorite? I’ve been tempted by some of the film adaptations but I don’t usually watch them unless I’ve read the book. Except if I have no intention of ever reading the book…


  2. Diana says:

    I have only read one book by Agatha, Murder in the Orient Train. My book club might be reading another one of her books though. The two shows do sound great.

    Ps: I have just googled Mathew Goode and yeah, I will probably begin by watching Ordeal of Innocence 😀 Great post!


  3. juliapalooza says:

    Great post, Annie. I love a star-studded, luxurious Christie adaptation. (Two of my favourites are still the 1970s Murder on the Orient Express and the 1980s Evil Under the Sun). I have the Crooked House adaptation to watch but I know the story. Ordeal by Innocence was interesting because they changed whodunit!


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