The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery
“Agatha Christie’s indelibly etched characters have entertained millions across the years and a love of her work has brought together generations of readers—a singular achievement for any author and an inspiration to writers across the literary landscape.” —Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs novels
In this official edition featu...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)]
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 ...more
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 way.
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
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 ...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
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 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
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
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.
Highly Recommended! ...more
The ending really got me!
My first Christie Poirot book and he is quite the quirky investigator. A who-dunnit with many suspects that seem reasonable. When Hercule Poirot and his "little ideas" comes to investigate, he narrows it down in a way that had my head spinning!
An entertaining mystery by the Queen of Mysteries and I really enjoyed playing detective along with the characters.
Thanks to my local library for this one. I'll continue reading some of the series and other Christie novels. Maybe I ...more
Poirot works alone in this case without Mr. Hastings, but a new acquai ...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
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
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
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 ...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
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
JAN 2019- book 5
(I don't review her books, never could because honestly I will be bias because I love her. )
For all who don't know , I am in love with Agatha Christie ever since I started reading her books( 5 years ago) and I planned to read a book of her each month so that I don't run out of her books ! ...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 s ...more
This story has all the characteristics that make an Agatha ...more
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 ...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