Agatha Christie's ginius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heart—or the dark passions that can stop it—better than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.
The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd
Village rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.
Topics: Inheritance, Private Investigators, Blackmail, Murder, Family, Death, Suspenseful, Series, 1920s, England, Village, First Person Narration, 20th Century, Female Author, and British Author
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It was cleverer than I expected. I'm generally able to guess the plot and motivations and all of that, no matter what kind of fiction I'm reading, but Agatha Christie's pretty good at misdirection. I think I did get there before the reveal -- but only a little!
I liked the way she described things and set up characters. I particularly liked the character of Caroline, somehow, though I can't put my finger on why. She was an essentially good-hearted busybody. The narrative voice is wonderful, misleading you so well without ever seeming to.
I wasn't actually that interested in Poirot himself. I found him a little irritating, actually, and I don't particularly feel the need for the next Agatha Christie book I read to be another with him in it.
I hope I have this good an experience with all of the crime fiction on my list!more
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