Murder of Roger Ackroyd, The

Agatha Christie
Considered to be one of Agatha Christie’s most controversial mysteries, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd breaks all the rules of traditional mystery writing. A widow’s suicide has stirred rumors of blackmail, and of a secret lover named Roger Ackroyd, who was found stabbed to death in his study. The case is so unconventional that not even crack detective Hercule Poirot has a clue as to how to solve it.


Reviewed: 2016-06-02
The colonel's story was one of interminable length, and of curiously little interest. A thing that happened in India many years ago cannot compare for a moment with an even that took place in King's Abbot the day before yesterday.

Unfortunately, I did guess the truth, but only because of the buzz around this book. (I am abysmally bad at detective stories and generally don't even bother trying to figure out whodunit as I never get it right.) I didn't read anything spoilerific; there are just only so many ways an author can go. So I am going to say nothing in praise, nothing about the book. Only that this is accounted by many as Agatha Christie's greatest mystery, and, if you haven't yet, you should go and read it without reading another word about it so you don't start guessing. I enjoyed it immensely even having guessed (few understand that the heart is desperately wicked as well as the Grand Dame of Mystery), and I suspect it would have been a five star read had I not guessed. It's a short read and will only take you an afternoon. Go. Read. Now.

If you like this one, you will probably also like [b:Murder on the Orient Express|16304|Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)|Agatha Christie||2285570] and [b:Murder on the Nile|658292|Murder on the Nile (stage play)|Agatha Christie||25260045], which are my two other favorite mysteries by this author.
Reviewed: 2015-11-28
Oh, Agatha, you sly minx. Once again, Poirot solves the case before I have even narrowed down the suspects.

Really well done in a classic Christie style. Poirot is now retired and growing "the vegetable marrows" without success. He gets pulled into the case--not exactly reluctantly, as it is Poirot--but realizing the quiet village life is not for him. The case takes twists and turns, and you may find yourself switching your prime suspect by the minute. When you hear the clues you missed along they way, you will just shake your head and say, "Agatha, you sly minx. You've done it again." A unique mystery and one of my favorites. I would rank this one up with "And Then There Were None". 4 stars.
While I didn't have the entire thing figured out, I was a little disappointed by my own lack of surprise when the murderer was revealed. That said, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery. It's well written, easy to read, and a delightful portrayal of English village life.
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