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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
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Jan 08, 2012

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Roger Ackroyd was an extremely wealthy old man, who's always been a bit tight with his money. But since his friend Mrs Ferrars died at the weekend[return](poisoning - committed suicide) he's been very edgy, as if someone was out to get him. The next day he was dead, and the police are convinced they know[return]who did it, Mr Ackroyd's stepson who disappeared that same night. But fiance of the suspected stepson is convinced he didn't do it, and enlists the aid of Hercule Poirot, who has come to live in the village in his retirement. With the help of the local doctor, Poirot must discover who really killed Roger Ackroyd.[return][return]This book is not a really gripping read, it's more like a puzzle that you want to know the answer to. It is supposed to be one of Christie's cleverest books, and while I have read to few of her books to judge, I'd say it was very clever. Written in the first person from the doctor's perspective (Poirot's assistant for much of the book), it is well worth reading for all fans of Agatha Christie, and murder mysteries in general.[return][return]I've only given this book 3 out of 5 because while very clever, it, like many of Agatha Christie's books, lacks characterisation, and plot except for the solving of the crime.
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