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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
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Aug 01, 2007

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Recommended for: Agatha Christie Fans
Read in June, 1970

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 rains, sharing the cavernous space with a man who uses too much eye make-up, a faded flapper with a bejewelled cigarette holder, a rather "mannish" woman who knows best about everyone's business and would be your personal fave for the first one to be knocked off (unless you're she), a nervous butler, a silent, dour old housekeeper who knows all the back passages and all the secrets, a fun-loving young thing just turned twenty-one who has an obvious "thing" for the twenty-three-year-old ex Flying Corps captain who jumps nervously when the sweet young thing's car misfires, and a host of backstairs people who make it possible for meals to all be taken at precisely the right time (after the second gong) and clean up afterward without ever being seen...

Of course, there would also be present a sharp-eyed woman who knitted constantly and spoke constantly about the lessons in life she'd learned from living in a tiny hamlet, a detective with an accent who moaned about not having the proper wine with his plover's eggs, or a batty old couple who seemed to stumble onto things more than figuring them out.

After a weekend of reading one Hercule Poirot mystery, one Jane Marple, one Tommy and Tuppence, and a couple that don't have any names you recognize, you will know precisely whether or not you're an Agatha fan. Unless you were strangled by candlestick in the garden, of course.
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