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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

(Hercule Poirot #4)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  145,267 ratings  ·  10,194 reviews
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 widow Ferrars dies from an overdose of veronal. Not twenty-four hours later, Roger Ackroyd—the man she had planned to marry—is murdered. It is
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (first published June 1926)
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Wheat/Chaff Look at this way. Good literature survives the test of time; inferior stuff and pure drek comes and goes. Hence, limiting one's reading list to nothin…moreLook at this way. Good literature survives the test of time; inferior stuff and pure drek comes and goes. Hence, limiting one's reading list to nothing but contemporrary works would be like inheriting a connoisseur's celebrated wine cellar and immediately discarding all bottles of older vintage--thereby consigning the best in class to the dumpster. Imagine never having consumed the greatest short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, de Maupassant, W. Irving, O'Henry, Wharton, Oscar Wilde, O'Connor, Mann, Conrad, Kafka et al. just because these grand treasures in reading are over 70-80 years old! Indeed, with but the limited time we have on this earth, it makes sense to separate the wheat from the chaff, readingwise. Time, as it were, has already done the winnowing. My advice, based on my personal adventure, is to start with recognized classics of the short story and short novel and work your way from there.(less)
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Madeline
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Brina
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read mysteries in between denser reads and Dame Christie never disappoints me. As in all of her cases involving Inspector Hercule Poirot, Christie unearths layer upon layer of the case, leaving her readers guessing until the very end. Just when you think whodunit, she throws in a twist by revealing a key clue that only Poirot could have thought of. Occasionally, I guess the criminal, but other times I am left stumped. This time, in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Christie leaves me hanging until ...more
Jaline
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-completed
This is one of the cleverest mysteries I have ever read. The plot is dazzling and its execution is flawless. I was drawn into the mystery so easily and, despite following all of Hercule Poirot’s “little ideas” (as he calls them), despite all the subtle clues to decipher, this story – and its ending – were a complete surprise.

No spoilers ahead (although there are a couple of very obscure clues): In this novel, Hercule Poirot has retired to a small village, and when a murder is committed coupled w
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Adina
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Murder or Roger Ackroyd is one of the most well-known mysteries written by Agatha Christie and the only one to be featured in the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list. After having read it I understand why it is so well praised.

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
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Kylie D
It's been many years since this book was released, but it's still a cut above what's being published today. Iconic detective Hercule Poirot has retired to the country, but is drawn in to solve a murder. With an ingenious plot, wonderful characters, and an ending that you will never guess, we are again reminded why Agatha Christie is the master at plotting intricate mysteries that all others can only aspire to.
Arah-Lynda
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Lovers Everywhere
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite, top
Wow just Wow! Agatha Christie had me from the first page, hook line & sinker and she never lost my attention until the very end. No wonder this is considered to be one of her very best.

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 way.

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Sean Barrs
Agatha Christie offers her readers an invite, an invite to come and solve her tantalising murder mystery.

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
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Bill Kerwin
Jun 15, 2007 rated it really liked it

This Hercule Poirot is a genuine tour de force, a classic of the genre, for a very good reason that you will understand perfectly as soon as you have finish reading it.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4), Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a work of detective fiction by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in June 1926.

It is the fourth novel to feature Hercule Poirot as the lead detective. In King's Abbot, wealthy widow Mrs Ferrars unexpectedly commits suicide, which distresses her fiancé, widower Roger Ackroyd. At dinner that evening in Ackroyd's home of Fernly Park, his guests include his sister-in-law Mrs Cecil Ackroyd and
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Phrynne
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-books
I saw a few reviews, before I read this book, saying it was the best Agatha Christie they had read and I think I agree! I raced through it in a few hours though still making sure I absorbed every fact and every clue.

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
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Adrian
My 2018 Review ooh 4.5 stars
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
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James Thane
Originally published in 1926, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd remains a classic of crime fiction. Written early in her career, this was the third novel to feature the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. (Goodreads list this as #4 in the series, but most other sources have it as the third.)

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
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Ebookwormy1
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Sanjay Gautam
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mystery that lasts till the last page and ends with an unprecedented plot twist.

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.

Highly Recommended!
John Culuris
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It’s not for me.” If the phase sounds familiar, in some form or another it’s the most common refrain when a practitioner of an artform, usually a writer, wants to avoid insulting the work of a fellow professional. If you were not the intended audience, or the work was produced in a style to which you do not personally respond, you cannot be blamed for not connecting with it. So while you’re secretly thinking How is this person a best seller? or Why are people buying this stuff?, you have a plau ...more
Erin
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery readers
5 bloody brilliant stars

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
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Kat Kennedy
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
She got me! That cheeky beeotch! She got me!
Evgeny
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recently I used a quote of P.G. Wodehouse in my recent review about a criminal carefully plotting his crime in a village only to realize both Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot stay there. The quote in more appropriate here, but now it is too late.

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
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mark monday
Dec 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Richard Derus
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five **THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE AGATHA CHRISTIE'S POIROT EPISODE AS WELL AS THE BOOK**

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
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Bionic Jean
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd first published in 1926, is a very audacious novel. Why? Ah, but that would be telling!

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
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Elle (TheBookishActress)
I feel like once you’ve reviewed one Agatha Christie novel, you’ve kind of reviewed them all. And I’ve reviewed two.

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
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W
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: christie
Years ago,when I was binge reading Agatha Christie,I missed this book. It wasn't in my library or in the bookshops.

Then I read and heard a lot of praise about it.For some,it's Christie's best book.For others,it's the best crime novel ever.

For me,Christie's best book has always been And Then There were None.After reading this book and comparing the two,that still remains the case.

And Then were None is sustained tension and excitement,never a dull moment. Roger Ackroyd on the other hand is more of
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Poonam
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Soo, I have heard a lot of wonderful things about this book and about this great ending. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie stories and they are the "Perfect" cozy mysteries for me. Whenever I read a cozy mystery, I end up comparing it to Christie novels.

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 s
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Dita
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, I love her books! This is the first time I’ve ever even come close to guessing who the killer is but it was still AMAZING.
Melindam
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Included in my TOP 5 favourite AC novel with the most brilliantly audacious and daring plot. Of course, I had to reach the end to realise this. I remember that after finishing the book for the first time, I went back to the beginning and started reading it again right away.

Howard Haycraft included the novel in his work Murder For Pleasure The Life And Times Of The Detective Story as one of the "cornerstones", a list of the most influential crime novels ever written. I am no crime novel expert o
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Anna Luce
★★★★✰ 4.5 stars

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is an excellent example of why I consider Agatha Christie to be the Queen of Crime.

“Fortunately words, ingeniously used, will serve to mask the ugliness of naked facts.”


It's curious that one of the most influential crime novels ever written came about by accident. The idea for this novel was given to Christie by her brother-in-law (she states as much in
her autobiography). Still, I doubt that there are many authors who could have pulled it off as Christi
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Piyangie
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-mystery
This is another brilliantly written murder mystery story by Agatha Christie. The plot is well structured with a mind-blowing twist at the end which will quite shock the readers. I'm truly impressed by the craftsmanship of Agatha Christie in this particular story. She has a great ability to lead the plot without giving any hint or clue as to the guilty party until the very end. In this case, it was quite a shocking revelation.

Poirot works alone in this case without Mr. Hastings, but a new acquai
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