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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot Series #4)

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In the village of King's Abbot, a widow's sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study--but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow's blackmailer. King's Abbot is crawling with suspects, i...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published 1926)
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Dana It is older - and some characters in her books are sexist/xenophobic as per the time (though Christie herself was to travel extensively with her…moreIt is older - and some characters in her books are sexist/xenophobic as per the time (though Christie herself was to travel extensively with her archaeologist husband), but the style is simple and most of the vocab is still used today, so it's not hard to read. What IS wonderful about this book (and it set a standard for other mystery writers, many of whom try to copy Christie's structures and style) is that it is a very difficult mystery to solve and has some great twists. I read it when I was younger and was not able to solve it, but was delighted by the ending. I do NOT recommend the TV version - the series is good, but they did a poor job adapting this story and the ending has no impact in the TV version. If you remember that it is set in the early 20th century, you should enjoy it - and if you like TV, there is a Doctor Who episode called "The Unicorn and the Wasp" that features the famous mystery of Christie's own disappearance and reappearance. I hope you enjoy it! (less)
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Just finished a re-read of this classic. I remember the first time I read it, the twist at the end knocked my socks off! My second thought was: "Agatha Christie understands evil in a way that is a little frightening!"

This time through, I remembered how it turns out (which is not always the case!), and was able to watch the clues with the murderer in mind. An astonishingly masterful piece of work.

When it was first published, in 1926, this book caused quite a stir, because no one had ever used thi...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a country doctor living in a cozy English village - and your friend has been murdered! Suspects abound. Whispers and secrets and dastardly blackmail surround you. Your sister prattles on. The situation becomes increasingly aggravating and even worse, your nosy and very foreign neighbor decides to make your private business his own. His bizarre Belgian behavior soon becomes quite intolerable. Whatever is a country doctor to do?

If you decide to take a nice long tr...more
I went into this book with a bit of an attitude. Roger Ackroyd is the only Agatha Christie book featured on the list of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, and I was skeptical about the List's claim that this was the only Christie book worth reading. But, as much as it pains me to say this, I think the List is right on this one. At least a little - I'm definitely not suggesting that you should read this book and then never pick up a Christie novel ever again, but if you find yourself in a s...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways

The Publisher Says: In the village of King's Abbot, a widow's sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study--but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow's blackmailer. King's Abbot is crawling with suspects, includin...more
Mashael Alamri
قررت ترتيب مكتبتي ( المخربطه ) فسحبت الرواية هذه وقلت في نفسي من زمان عن أغاثا كريستي (مع إني كنت مغرمه فيها ) جلست ع الأرض جنب المكتبه قلبت في الكتاب قليلاً وبعدين بديت أقراء لم أعيده إلا حينما عرفت من قتل (روجر أكرويد) فعلاً أغاثا عجيبه في الحبكات الكل متهم والكل لديه دوافع قتل التفاصيل الصغيره للجريمة تهتم بها الغوص داخل أعماق الشخصيات الحس الفكاهي اللذيذ الوصف الدقيق غير الممل للأماكن كل ذلك يجعل من روايات أغاثا كريستي أفلام على الورق :)

إستمتعت وتمنيت لو أنني أقتني باقي روايات أغاثا كريستي...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« Prendiamo un uomo, ad esempio, un uomo comune. Un uomo che non ha alcuna idea delittuosa nel cuore. Ma in lui, nelle profondità del suo animo, c’è un punto debole, una tara morale. Questa tara non è mai affiorata e forse non affiorerà mai... »

Credevo che la mia opinione su Agatha Christie, vecchia compagna di liceo, fosse ormai consolidata, cristallizzata. La mia personale classifica piazzava nelle prime due posizioni “Dieci piccoli indiani” e “Assassinio sull’Orient Express”, capolavori indis...more
Ahhh, the infamous Roger Ackroyd! Christie got ENORMOUS press for her plotting in this one, and a lot of it was NOT good - loads of her regular fans were really PO'd at her for using a twist that "nice" mystery writers of the day (mid-1920s) didn't use. There was even a list of the "Don't" things for a writer including her particular hook in this book, and her flouting that convention angered many other writers (and readers) who felt she didn't "play fair". But the brouhaha really spiked her sal...more
Katy Dickinson
From my November 13, 2007 blog

Defending Agatha Christie

A dear friend of mine is no fan of Agatha Christie (1890-1976). He and I are both delighted by Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) and her creation Lord Peter Wimsey. We have discussed them for many years. But the charm of Dame Agatha and her most famous detective, Hercule Poirot, eludes him. This defense is to present what I have come to like in Agatha Christie's mystery books.

My mother used to read Agatha Chr...more
Sep 13, 2010 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chris Simkulet
I love it when a mystery fulfills my desires rather than my expectations, and I have always loved the way that Agatha Christie planted clues so that the careful reader could figure out the mystery. At around page 110 I figured out who the killer was (and I have NO problem with that), but I rejected the thought because, well, it just didn't make sense with what I know about 20s' mystery writing.

Which, apparently, isn't much at all.

Agatha Christie gets much stick for being a bit of Stephen King...more
Kat Kennedy
She got me! That cheeky beeotch! She got me!
Jenna  *Puddin Tame*
I guessed the killer. I feel like a smarty-pants right now :P

This was my first Agatha Christie story and, being completely in the dark as to any details, inhaled ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ like a breath of fresh, slightly cocoa scented air. This little gem was a swift read, not only because it was utterly enthralling but the writing is comforting, stylish and uncomplicated.

M. Poirot, our hero among men, romanced me with his idiosyncrasies and sexy moustaches (how does he grow not one, but two of those things?). I was amused by this gentleman and follow...more
Nada M H
إنها حقا مدهشة...
تمتاز قصص أغاثا بالإثارة و باحتوائها على عبرة مفادها أن الشر لابد خاسر..لكن هذه القصة هي أجمل ماكتبت أغاثا على الإطلاق برأيي المتواضع..
تمسك بيدك وتُعرّفك رويدا رويدا على سكان القرية الطيبين مشاكل بعضهم و نزوات بعضهم الآخر ..لكن آخر ما يخطر ببالك أن يُقتل فلان و هنا تبدأ رحلة البحث عن القاتل ...لكل من الشخصيات وجه مخفي ...رغبة دفينة ..ومصلحة ما قد تتحقق باختفاء هذا الشخص..أو تهديد ما قد يزول بزواله...تقنعك بأن القاتل أمامك هاهو ...وتلف حبل المشنقة حول رقبته رويدا ..رويدا ...لكنك...more
I really didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I mean, I like crime/mystery fiction, especially as something to take a break from literature or heart-breaking stuff (Guy Gavriel Kay, I'm looking at you). But I didn't expect to like Agatha Christie's writing so much. This first exposure to her work is due to my Crime Fiction class, which now I'm really excited about, and I'm probably going to look out for more.

It was cleverer than I expected. I'm generally able to guess the plot and motiv...more
Mar 07, 2010 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: KC Public Library 2010 Adult Winter Reading Program 'Readers in
I almost gave this book three stars (or less) because of the ending. I was disgusted with Agatha Christie's cleverness. Up until the last couple of chapters, she strung me along, had me guessing, had me re-reading previous chapters to double-check facts. And them BAM! the last couple of chapters just made me cringe. I won't spoil the ending or what frustrated me so thoroughly.

All the characters were vividly drawn and enthralling. The plot and storytelling delivered page-turning fervor and middl...more
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Jan 04, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all mystery lovers
Recommended to Tatiana by: Hannah
Another winner from Christie! What a great ride with a nice twist in the end. Naturally, this kind of ending is not that unique in contemporary suspense literature, but still it caught me by surprise. I think I am officially an Agatha Christie fan now. Moving on to the next murder case...

Reading challenge: # 27, 2 of 2.
I hate Agatha Christie for doing this. She always plays with my head as if it was her personal board. I thought that I was smart and that I had figured the real murderer but I was just humoring myself. There is no way that anyone will ever guess the ending of the book… Never Ever Ever Ever. The ending will take you by surprise and you will laugh at yourself because the whole thing was right in front of you all the time. It was that simple. Its only when you re read a few passages you see that an...more
Aug 01, 2007 Patricia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie Fans
Shelves: fiction
Despite her death, Agatha Christie rolls on. I've read so many of her mysteries that it only seems fair to review one or two, so I chose "Roger Ackroyd" because of its tour-de-force nature. Let's face it: if you like Agatha Christie, you really love her, and if you read a couple of the books and they don't turn you on, then there's not much point in your reading more.

They're quick reads, however, and it shouldn't take more than a weekend in an ancestral mansion completely isolated by the heavy r...more
Genia Lukin
This book is a lot of fun, though I am still not convinced this is, indeed, the best mystery ever created. It has a very nifty gimmick, and it's definitely up there (as is obvious by the rating I gave it) but I can't quite agree that it compares with Sayers' later work, for example. Or The Moonstone.

Regardless of this caveat, this is a book more than worth reading in its' own right. It reads fast, too, and is not bogged down in some of the details that mysteries sometimes like to heap. As spoile...more
Jun 19, 2011 Gail rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all who love a great mystery
Perhaps the best and certainly one of the most notorious mysteries of all time, Ackroyd is my favorite of them all. A truly twisted denouement of the plot stirred controversy and earned this book a well-deserved outstanding reputation. Although I've read Ackroyd at least 12 times over the last 40 years, it still charms me. When you know the plot resolution, you can enjoy the hints, the characters, and the setting. The characters are unusually well-developed for a Christie book. A+ for this outin...more
Nancy Oakes
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd has long been one of my favorite Christie novels, not so much for Poirot's detection skills, but for its classic ending. This time around was my second reading of this book, and knowing the ending, it was still fun watching the solution to this rather baffling crime unravel.

Because of the nature of the story, I can't really give an in-depth summary here. If you decide to read this book, believe me, you'll thank me later. In the quiet English village of King's Abbot, R...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
As far as I understand, this is one of Agatha Christie's best known works, alongside Murder on the Orient Express and The Mysterious Affair at Styles. There's a lot of hooh-hah surrounding this book, and it is one of the most influential crime novels ever written. Despite the rather formulaic approach I haven't yet come across a Poirot novel I didn't enjoy. These works succeed both as crime novels and period novels and Dame Christie stands alongside Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as one of the greatest...more
This is my favorite Agatha Christie novel. Don't ask why - I can't say without spoiling it. Just read it.

Sad to say, I think I've read almost every novel Dame Agatha wrote. Most when I was in high school. They are trashy, full of stereotypes, irritatingly formulaic, and ... damn her if she doesn't surprise me every time!

I've even been surprised upon rereading her books, having forgotten whodunnit, and getting sucked into her tissue of lies again. But some you never forget: The Murder of Roger A...more
Simona Bartolotta
«Se avrà modo di occuparsi di altri casi del genere si accorgerà che in una cosa si assomigliano tutti.»
«E quale?» domandai con viva curiosità.
«Tutte le persone coinvolte hanno qualcosa da nascondere.»

Ma dico io, o beneddetto Sciascia, il nome del colpevole dovevi scriverlo proprio nella prima riga della postfazione? Ci sono andata sbadatamente a poggiare lo sguardo e bam, rovinata la sorpresa.
C'è da dire, però, che anche quando conosci il finale la Christie non fa che lasciarti di stucco. Come...more
This one makes the list of everyone's top five AC mysteries, and deservedly so. It's really quite brilliant. Of course, you can't forget who did it, even after a 40 year hiatus between readings. But reading it again was hugely enjoyable, if only for the fun of watching Dame Agatha sprinkle both legitimate clues and red herrings as she leads her readers up the garden path.

It's got Poirot, but without Hastings. I didn't find old Hercule as annoying as usual, which makes me think that maybe it's t...more
One of the Hercule Poirot mysteries told from the point of view of Dr. Sheppard, the physician in a fictional rural UK village. When the wealthy lord of the manor is found stabbed to death in his study, it's determined that many people had motive to kill him. Dr. Sheppard relates the story from his diary notes, including his surprise when the mysterious neighbor next door turns out to be none other than Hercule Poirot, now mostly retired and living somewhat as a recluse.

Using Dr. Sheppard as hi...more
One of my biggest regrets this year was that I have not been able to read as many books as I would have liked to. This is because I first changed homes, and then moved out of my city for college... Anyway, before my first vacation back home, I decided to buy a mystery to keep me occupied during the flight.

And boy! What an amazing reading experience it was. Truly, there is nothing which can match up to a vintage murder mystery -- that too, by none other than the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. T...more
Arghya Dutta
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Probably hovering somewhere around two and a half stars. I enjoyed it, but I'm also not sure I see myself reading many Agatha Christie books in the future - the last 15-20 pages were fun in a scandalous sort of way, but the rest of the book was a bit dry.

This is an especially difficult book to discuss without diving headfirst into spoilers. If you'd rather not be spoiled, my review is basically that this is a decent mystery to read on a rainy afternoon, but it was probably much, much more shock...more
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