The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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, i...

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Title:The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author:Agatha Christie
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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Reviews

  • Madeline

    I went into this book with a bit of an attitude.

    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

    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

    I went into this book with a bit of an attitude.

    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

    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 where you're going to spend a month on a desert island and can only bring one book, and the only books you've been offered are from the Agatha Christie canon, you should pick this one.

    The ending (which I will not discuss in explicit detail for fear of spoilers) is what makes this a 5-star book. Let me assure you: you will not guess who the murderer is. Never ever ever. When the murderer is revealed, you will not believe. When the murderer goes on to explain his/her actions, you will continue to not believe it. Only by rereading certain important passages will you start to realize that the answer was in front of you all the time, and you couldn't see it. It's a testament to Christie's skill as a writer that this is accomplished.

    And, having now read a Miss Marple mystery, I'm going to choose a side: I'm officially Team Hercule. He is silly and self-centered and ridiculous and funny and all I want to do is pinch his cheeks and then go sit in a cafe with him and eat croissants. My favorite part of the book is when Poirot makes his grand entrance. The narrator, Dr. Sheppard, is in his garden when someone throws a vegetable marrow over the wall. A second later, the doctor's new neighbor pokes his "egg-shaped head, partially covered with suspiciously black hair, two immense mustaches, and a pair of watchful eyes" over the garden wall and attempts to explain himself:

    "I demand of you a thousand pardons, monsieur. I am without defense. For some months now I cultivate the marrows. This morning suddenly I enrage myself with the marrows. I send them to promenade themselves - alas! not only mentally but physically. I seize the biggest. I hurl him over the wall. Monsieur, I am ashamed. I prostrate myself."

  • Arah-Lynda

    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 w

    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.

    This is only the second Agatha Christie book I have read and my first Hercule Poirot. Know this, you will not be bored. I spent my time while reading trying to figure out who did the dastardly deed. Not! It wasn’t until right near the end that I thought “It can’t be”. I love when that happens.

    I want to go back and read it again, just to see how many clues I missed along the way.

    If you have not as yet taken the Agatha Christie plunge, look no further. This is the one.

    Highly Recommended!!!

  • Mohammed Arabey

    Arabic/English Review

    Arabic/English Review

    محمد العربي

    في كينجز أبوت من 17 سبتمبر 2016

    إلي 20 سبتمبر 2016

    , The Queen of Crime, and Mystery...

    , Goodreads recommending this to us as 'one of' the best Twist/Reveal in her novels.

    So, I went to the nearest book store to celebrate the the best-selling novelist of all time who

    kept generations of readers guessing..

    Mr.

    found murdered at his office.

    Me, Mr.

    start a hell of time in

    with

    and his ingenious sister,

    , trying with all our

    finding out Who Murdered Mr. Roger Ackroyd.

    .. I forced to include all, even the narrator Dr. Shepparad, as Mr. Ackroyd's friend..

    unplaced and appears unrelated at all that found by Poirot from a goose quill to a unplaced chair..

    and even I suspected the killer strongly after half of the novel.. You'll never know why..

    Why,

    , told one by one till

    to know why every thing.. to connect everything brilliantly and perfectly..

    Women are really great in this.. that's why The Crime has a Queen , her name is Agatha Christie..

    I loved the minor -yet important- character ,Caroline so much.

    I loved also the way of

    by the brilliant, smart, vigilant, discreet yet detailed and thrilling narrating (writing) of Dr. Shepparad and how in Chapter 21 he gave the written previous 20 chapters we already read.

    And I loved this brief partnership between them..

    And may be that's why I felt it's really

    cause I wished they keep partners, but alas, Poirot must go on and leave 'King's abbott' eventually.

    ---------------

    Well, even I suspected the killer by the half of it, even if we say "It must be the butler, like in Agatha Christie novels", well... even

    it was the butler... trust me you'll never see how and why and place the little pieces together.. unless you really can use Brain's little grey cells as perfectly as

    Mr. Poitot.

    Mohammed Arabey

    from 17 Sep. 2016

    to 20 sep. 2016

  • Araz Goran

    لا شك أن هذه الرواية هي من أجمل وأغرب وأعقد ما قرأت لأجاثا...

    النهاية كانت صادمة وخارجة عن كل التوقعات , وكان التشويق سيد الموقف في كل صفحة من صفحات الرواية

    هذه الرواية إبداع حقيقي من السيدة أجاثا...

    أنصحكم بها يا أصدقاء..

  • Aldo Meza

    Nunca había leído a Agatha Christie, así que me puse a leer acerca de ella y review de sus obras para ver cuáles leería.

    Este libro lo compre por que se considera que su final es uno de los más inesperados de la historia, y si que lo es.

    Me ha encantado la forma de llevar a cabo el desarrollo de la misma, si bien no es de esos libros que no puedes dejar de leer nunca es aburrido, a cada página se destapa un nuevo sospechoso, no sé si así sean todas sus obras, pero la cantidad de sospechosos es ext

    Nunca había leído a Agatha Christie, así que me puse a leer acerca de ella y review de sus obras para ver cuáles leería.

    Este libro lo compre por que se considera que su final es uno de los más inesperados de la historia, y si que lo es.

    Me ha encantado la forma de llevar a cabo el desarrollo de la misma, si bien no es de esos libros que no puedes dejar de leer nunca es aburrido, a cada página se destapa un nuevo sospechoso, no sé si así sean todas sus obras, pero la cantidad de sospechosos es extensa, algo que me ha gustado bastante.

    Por otro lado, me ha llamado mucho la atención que el libro no es narrado por Hércules Poirot, si no por otro personaje, insisto, nuca había leído a Christie y no se si así sean sus obras.

    Y por último, definitivamente es una maestra de las historias de detectives, increíble saber la cantidad de obras que escribió de este estilo, todo el mérito del mundo a Agatha, bien ganado ese puesto entre los grandes de la literatura.

    Muy recomendable, ya veremos qué nos depara 10 negritos.

  • 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

    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 her final paragraphs, creating a thrilling case.

    In this particular case Dr James Sheppard meets his old friend Roger Ackroyd for supper and minutes later Ackroyd is found murdered. To solve this particular crime involving blackmail, drugs, and forced marriages, Ackroyd's niece Flora turns to Hercule Poirot to get to the bottom of the murder. As in the other of his cases that I have read, Poirot just happens to be in the area because he is either retired or on a holiday. Here, he claims to be doing Miss Ackroyd a favor and states that this is his last case, which, of course, it is not. Just as in the other Poirot tales I have read, he uses his little gray cells, stumps the local police, irks the local populace who are happy to be rid of the little Belgian man, yet solves each case in ways that most detectives are not capable of achieving.

    I am attempting to read primarily women authors during March, Women's History Month. This month would not be complete without an Agatha Christie mystery because she remains the standard that many modern mystery writers strive to attain. Roger Ackroyd was definitely a captivating Christie case but not quite at the level for me as Orient Express was. I am enthralled by Poirot's manner of solving cases, but I must space them out so that his mannerisms and humor do not stale for me. Yet, Christie is still Christie, and this case rates a sparkling 4 stars.

  • 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

    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 book to guess who had done it.

    I'm not going into any spoiler details but it is superbly written with so many red herrings and false clues. So so well done. Maybe a third time, but give me a few years.

    My 2017 Review 4 stars

    Where to start, well I saw a few other people wanted to read this as a Buddy read, so whilst on a Miss Marple kick (challenge) I thought why not. I cannot remember ever having read this or even seeing it as a TV adaptation and did not guess the ending until right at the very end.

    The central characters of Dr Sheppard and his sister Caroline are excellent, with the Dr playing the Hastings role for Poirot.

    I think the story is well constructed with many twists and turns, and overall generally good (i've given it 4 stars), I was just a little sad at the end. Read it and find out.

  • 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

    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 course on Crime and mystery novels. Because of that, a large part of the book’s appeal was lost for me. However, I can still appreciate the unique way this novel was thought out. I don’t want to say anymore so I do not spoil anything for the ones that still haven’t read it.

    If you enjoy Agatha Christie’s novels this one is a must.

  • Bookdragon Sean

    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

    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 the reveal but I spotted it a mile of, perhaps only because I have seen the same device used in a book by another author. I’m not going to mention the name of the book because it will give it all away.

    Nevertheless, when it was finally confirmed it still brought me a great deal of delight. The actual murder event was ever so discreet, tucked in between two paragraphs in plain sight that will always be missed on an initial read. It was the editor afterward that drew my attention to the piece of text, and despite my suspicions I still missed it when I read it the first time. When I went back to read it though I noticed exactly how subtle Christie has been; it is exceedingly clever writing that’s for sure.

    The real success of Christie’s writing is her narrative drive. It is impossible to read this in a slow leisurely manner. I found myself storming through pages and chapters at an alarming rate. I actually read the entire novel in one evening and pretty much in one sitting. Christie gives you just enough information to keep you second guessing yourself but not enough to finally confirm your suspicions, at least, until that memorable reveal: the grand unmasking of her killer. Poirot knew all along; he was just keeping the killer as close as possible for as long as possible, baiting him the entire time.

    In the mode of modernism, Christie’s prose is deceptively simple. It pushes ever forward, picking up speed, as it heads towards the climax: a single line of dialogue that has, no doubt, dropped the jaw of many a reader. She also explores the psychological state of her characters and demonstrates awareness of Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis. It allowed her to get way with so much here and Poirot uses it too when he considers the possible murder motives his line of suspects could have.

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