The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Agatha Christie’s most daring crime mystery - an early and particularly brilliant outing of Hercule Poirot, ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’, with its legendary twist, changed the detective fiction genre for ever.
Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tr...more
Given that he didn't recognize Poirot when he first arrived, I think he helped Poirot because he didn't know how to judge him. Sheppard had reckoned with the police, but Poirot was an outside element. Throughout the inital investigation, he stays close to Poirot's side, something I think is born of the fact that the police clearly suspect Ralph, but Sheppard can't be sure what Poirot thinks.
I guess in the end, his helpful nature came from a place of careful fear and blatant egotism. He didn't think Poirot would unmask him, but he wanted to be in the inner circle on the off chance he did. (less) (hide spoiler)]
And don't watch that 'Doctor Who' episode until you've read 'Murder on the Orient Express' - spoilers.(less)
As with all her mysteries, it leaves you guessing until the end who the killers is and in this particular case, the way the murderer was unraveled was particularly interesting. Sadly for me, I already knew who the killer was as I accidently found out from an audio ...more
I do not want to say too much about this book, I mean the title pretty much tells you what it is about and to go too much further into any details runs the risk of spoilers. If there are others out there, like me, who are late in the game of reading this I do not want to spoil that experience for them in any w ...more
It was a real tricky one, though I did have my suspicions very early on. There was a certain emphasis on a tiny bit of information that we didn’t really need to know that gave the game away. It added little to the story and, for me, only had the purpose of giving her killer an excuse not to be the killer. So it was obviously that person. Most readers seem to have been utterly dumbfounded at t ...more
So as part of my Hercule Poirot challenge, courtesy of Jessica in "Reading the Detectives", I decided to read this book for the 2nd time in 13 months (why when I have so many books I want to read I don't know, but I did). Was I disappointed, oh no, if anything I'm seriously thinking of upping it to 5 stars. Despite a gap of only 13 months , I got so much from this re-read. In fact I've obviously read so much in that intervening time, that it took me over 3/4 of the bo ...more
Not that it did me any good. I had plenty of ideas as to who the murderer might be but in the end none of them were correct. Poirot kept his secrets right to the end and only then did things become clear. It was actually an amazing conclusion to a really excellent story.
Thoroughly en ...more
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
One of the favorite books that I read in 2015. Nothing much can be said about the story or plot, or anything for that matter, without dropping a major spoiler. But trust me, it's bloody clever. Agatha Christie will leave you dazzled. One of her finest.
The book takes place in the small English village of King's Abbot, and opens with the death of a widow named Mrs. Ferrars. Rumors quickly spread among the villagers that she has committed suicide and that she had ear ...more
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
Hercule Poirot retired to a quiet British village to grow vegetable marrows. Soon he realized something lots of retired people realized before and after him: retirement is very boring unless you plan what you are going to do carefully in advance. Grow ...more
Number #9 in my Agatha Christie Challenge this year. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd definitely my favorite Hercule Poiriot mystery(so far). Agatha Christie once again leads readers to a small English community where EVERYONE has a motive and open windows and locked doors make this the kind of mystery that needs our favorite Belgian detective. Our story is narrated by local doctor, Dr. James Sheppard who lives next to Poiriot and soon finds himself as the Watson to the Bel ...more
I feel like Agatha Christie is just very consistently good, but that might also be that I’m exclusively reading her books that have been recommended to me? Christie is excellent at taking a similar structure - crime committed and investigation ensues - but making each case distinct and clever enough that the story is compelling. We know the beats of this story; we know that at the ...more
My personal favorites are And Then There Were None , Murder on the Orient Express. If you haven't read these, go ahead and give them a try.
So as this book is counted in top 1000 mystery books, I definitely wanted to be ahead of Christie or sho ...more
Is it for its complexity of plot? No, although that is a regular feature we are coming to expect of Agatha Christie, and this novel has a goodly share of red herrings. Is it for its blood and gore? Decidedly not! Is it perhaps, that it broke new ground in some way? Yes. You’ve got it!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is perhaps the most controversial of Agatha Christie’s novels, and some ...more
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
This story too had an interesting set of characters. Here Poirot works alone, without Mr. H ...more
"The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it."-
Hercule Poirot appears for the third time in a novel. Remarkably, after only two novels, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and The Murder on the Links, we find that Poirot has retired and taken a house, The Larches, in the fictional village of King's Abbot, near the home of his friend Roger Ackroyd.
Unlike the previous Poirot outings, the narrat ...more
“Caroline can do any amount of finding out by sitting placidly at home. I don't know how she manages it, but there it is. I suspect that the servants and the tradesmen constitute her Intelligence Corps. When she goes out, it is not to gather information, but to spread it. At that, too, she is amazingly expert.”
Caroline Shepphard is the older, spinster sister of our narrator, Dr Shepphard. She lives with him in a small village where he's the local country doctor (so knows everyone), and she has ...more
It's kind of funny that I read Agatha Christie for years and didn't know until a few years back that this was one of her most famous books. I'd heard of the others, but this always fell under my radar until this year. Now that I've read it, does it deserve it's rep? I have to say yes, yes it does. I was starting to suspect the ending turn-out, but it was still done in such a delightful and clever away that pre-g ...more
As Sciascia wrote in the Italian preface, mystery books often have inattentive readers, who notice only some of the clues that are shown to them. In Agatha's books, however, the reader is often at the same level as those who investigate, it is up to him to connect the wires, setting the brain in motion. In the case of Roger Ackroyd, in particular, it is advisable to be careful about everything, even the shortcomings.
Congratulations to Christie.
🇮🇹 Come scrive Sciascia nella postfazio ...more
“Always bear in mind that the person who speaks may be lying”
One of Christie’s best, lulling you into one way, only to twist it all at the end :O) Apart from this very modern move, this novel is also where the author invented the character that would become Miss Marple: “I think it is possible that Miss Marple arose from the pleasure I had taken in portraying Dr Sheppard’s sister in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. She had been my favourite character in the book - an acidulated spinster, full o ...more
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Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in t ...more