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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

(Hercule Poirot #4)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  123,366 ratings  ·  8,461 reviews
Voted by the British Crime Writers’ Association as the "Best Crime Novel of all Time"

Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christie’s ten favorite novels, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

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. Then, tragically, ca/>Hercule
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 1926)
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Jennifer Oberth I would also say yes, they'll appeal to you. It's not like trying to read Shakespeare where you need a translation for every line. I just finished…moreI would also say yes, they'll appeal to you. It's not like trying to read Shakespeare where you need a translation for every line. I just finished reading 'Mousetrap' and had no problem following everything and I didn't struggle to do so. I highly recommend Agatha Christie.

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Madeline
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 situation wh ...more
Brina
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  ·  review of another edition
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/>No
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Adina
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: paperwhite, top, i-said
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 t
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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 dumb
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Bill Kerwin
Jun 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
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
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Phrynne
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Ebookwormy1
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
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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!
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 ha
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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 plausible reason f ...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 decid
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Evgeny
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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Kat Kennedy
She got me! That cheeky beeotch! She got me!
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 Belgian's
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Elise (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 end, we’ll
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Poonam
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 should I say Poirot and sonovels.
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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/>The
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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, including a nervous butler,BOOK**
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Piyangie
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another brilliantly written murder mystery by Agatha Christie. The plot is well structured and calculated with a mind blowing plot twist which will put you quite in a shock. I'm really impressed by the craftsmanship of the author. She has a great ability to lead on the plot without giving any hint or clue to who the guilty party is until the very end; and in this case, it was a shocking discovery.

This story too had an interesting set of characters. Here Poirot works alone, without Mr. H
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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 Ackro
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Yun
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even among Agatha Christie's amazing murder mysteries, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd stands out as one of the most extraordinary. I first read it more than 20 years ago in high school, and was so gobsmacked by the ending that I remembered it through all these years. Recently, I wanted to reread it and see if I still love it just as much, even though I already know the ending going in. And sure enough, it's just as brilliant as I remembered.

This story has all the characteristics that make an A
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Lawyer
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Something Hidden

"The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it."-
Hercule Poirot


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
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PattyMacDotComma
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“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 dis/>“Caroline
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David Schaafsma
One of the very best mystery novels/detective fiction ever, usually seen in the top three of all Agatha Christie's 8o+ books, including the likes of And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express. In 2013 more than 600 mystery writers voted it the best mystery novel of ALL TIME. First published in 1926, it established Christie as an international sensation, sort of setting a high bar for everything that came after in the genre. And what a bar it is. Most Christie fans rank it in the t ...more
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