The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
I’ve become a real fan of Christie’s books, and of Hercule Poirot in particular. This book just reinforced those opinions – I loved it!
It’s easy to understand why this book made the impact it did upon publication, both in the mystery genre and for her reputation. It’s also easy for me to see why she claimed it as one of her favorites of all of her many books.
There are clues galore, but which ones are significant and which mere distractions? There are plenty of suspects, including the mysterious stranger. There’s a suspect who has disappeared – is that evidence of his guilt? There’s even the precursor to Miss Marple!
Hastings isn’t in this book, but he’s mentioned from time to time, and I enjoyed the contrasting narration style between him and Dr. Sheppard.
Generally with mysteries I don’t try to figure out whodunnit, and instead just try and enjoy how the story unfolds. With Christie, I do find myself trying to figure it out, and I get a lot of pleasure when I manage it. No spoilers here, don’t fear, but it’s definitely possible to deduce the murderer before it’s revealed. I won’t say when exactly I managed it as that would skirt a little too close to some spoilers, and this is not a book to have the ending revealed to you before you even begin.
Lots of fun, and definitely worth reading if you haven’t already!
Considered to be one of Agatha Christie’s most controversial mysteries, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd breaks all the rules of traditional mystery writing.
The peaceful English village of King’s Abbot is stunned. First, the attractive widows Ferrars dies from an overdose of veronal. Not twenty-four house later, Roger Ackroyd—the man she had planned to marry—is murdered. It is a baffling, complex case involving blackmail, suicide, and violent death, a cast that taxes Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” before he reaches one of the most startling conclusions of his fabled career.
Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
Category: Fiction / Mystery
My Rating: 4 Stars
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