The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Book - 2011
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A murder in a small English village leads Hercule Poirot into a strange mystery involving a determined, curious spinster, the local doctor, and a wide range of suspects with possible motives and mysterious relationships.


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, came the news that she had taken her own life with an apparent drug overdose.

However the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information, but before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death. Luckily one of Roger’s friends and the newest resident to retire to this normally quiet village takes over—none other than Monsieur Hercule Poirot.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
ISBN: 9780062073563
Branch Call Number: Mystery Chr
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 20 cm


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Brilliantly written. Wonderful. In true Agatha Christie fashion, the ending takes you completely by surprise. Whatever you do, DON'T let anyone spoil it. Might be worth a reread, though, to see what hints you missed. :)

Apr 11, 2019

Brilliantly written; highly entertaining. The Queen of Mystery does it again. One of her top 10 best, and rightly so.

Mar 25, 2019

Listened to the audio.

This was excruciating slow, and then the Murderer was a huge disappointment. Save your time and read something else.

Feb 23, 2019

Agatha Christie's "the murder of roger ackroyd" is an engrossing murder mystery tale that successfully delivers knock-out twists and turns and by the end will have you thinking about its controversial and thought provoking ending for a long time to come. The book was published in 1926 and is regarded by Christie as one of her personal favorite novels that she's written, along with it being in her top two favorite Hercule Poirot novels. It's easy to see why Christie regards this particular Poirot novel as one of her best, as this is an absolutely astounding work of detective fiction storytelling complemented with very memorable characters, self aware humor, and astounding twists. I found myself reading steadily throughout the book, and then I began to read madly through the last hundred pages as there was no escape for me until I found out how Poirot would bring all of the pieces and clues together. Overall, the fact that this novel was published in 1926 and still stands today as being a thrillingly engaging murder mystery novel really speaks to the timeless quality of Agatha Christie's work. I will certainly be revisiting this novel in another read through in the future. Murder mystery fans and even non-fans alike, owe it to themselves to dive into one of Agatha Christie's favorite personal works of all-time.

Jan 10, 2019

Second time reading this particular Agatha Christie novel. Even though this time I dis know who the killer was it was entertaining to be swept into the world and landscape again. Being the second time around I picked up on little hints and clues that I missed the first time. It was enjoyable again just in a new way. So far this is one of my favourites by Christie. The characters are intriguing, the setting delightfully described, and Poirot guiding the journey. This book is perfect for quiet nights, lazy days, or anytime (if you are a bookworm like me.)

Jan 06, 2019

Brilliant-a recommendation from 1000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich: Never in a million years could I have figured it out-this is my first Agatha Christie mystery and won't be my last-it wan't until absolutely the very end did it all come together

Aug 19, 2017

If you like cozy mysteries, golden age mysteries, or just a mystery period, this is a book you have to read. It deserves its reputation, and I bet like countless readers you'll reread a critical chapter to see how Christie fooled you. If you've seen some of the horrible televised versions, but never read it, you no doubt are puzzled by the high praise this book gets. But read it yourself and you'll see why.

Jun 21, 2017

Good gracious, I did NOT see that coming!! I read this one in one sitting, eager to find out who did it. Let me just say I was completely shocked. I will not include spoilers (because that's just mean) but I will say that you should not guess the culprit unless you are Hercule Poirot himself. I would say that this was one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels so far. Highly recommended!

Mar 23, 2017

I absolutely loved this one. I've read almost all of the Hercule Poirot stories and have never managed to guess the culprit right, this one least of all! An unconventional ending for her, but it was incredible!

Nov 26, 2016

This is one of Agathe Christie's most famous and controversial novels. What starts out as a typical Poirot mystery ends with an unexpected and depressing ending. The characters are some of Christie's best and Poirot is as brilliant as ever. Every mystery lover should read this book. Just don't think that you can figure out who the killer is.

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