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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

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061763403
List price: $5.99
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Without spoilers, this accomplishes something I never expected in terms of structure. It's difficult to get into specifics without ruining the mystery, but there is something done here that I've never seen another mystery author do, and it's done extremely well. Highly recommended.read more
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This would be a good starting place for someone unfamiliar with Christie's works. It is one of the Hercule Poirot detective stories; I hadn't read any of them before and therefore can say that it doesn't seem to have a negative effect reading this one out of sequence. (It did make me want to read more of the series though!) The story is set in a small English village where gossip is the favored pasttime and nothing much of significance ever really happens; however, the village inhabitants are stunned when two mysteries unfold at once: one involving blackmail and a suicide, and the other involving murder. Hercule Poirot, who has just moved to the village to retire, is irresistibly pulled into the intrigue and starts to investigate. He is aided by the village doctor, Dr. Sheppard, who narrates the tale. It's been a long time since I was completely absorbed in a mystery, and this delivered that deliciously maddening desire to have to know- right now-- who done it? It's difficult to put it down once started, and the ending was nothing short of nail-biting shock. Christie is a master at keeping the reader guessing and then delivering an emotionally stunning wrap-up of her tale. This one kept me on the edge of my seat, and I can't wait to read more of her novels.read more
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Back Flap: 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. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death.I enjoyed reading "The murder of Roger Ackroyd" and I was completely surprised who the murderer was at the end of the book. The story is narrated by Dr. James Sheppard, the town doctor. He lives with his sister, Caroline who is a big gossip. A new neighbor has justed moved in, Hercule Poirot. They enlist his help in solving the murder of Roger Ackroyd. As with all Agatha Christie novels, you have a cast of characters who all have a secret. As Dr. Sheppard and Poirot sort through the clues, there are many twists and turns to deceive you. You too will be surprised about who did it.read more
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Without spoilers, this accomplishes something I never expected in terms of structure. It's difficult to get into specifics without ruining the mystery, but there is something done here that I've never seen another mystery author do, and it's done extremely well. Highly recommended.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This would be a good starting place for someone unfamiliar with Christie's works. It is one of the Hercule Poirot detective stories; I hadn't read any of them before and therefore can say that it doesn't seem to have a negative effect reading this one out of sequence. (It did make me want to read more of the series though!) The story is set in a small English village where gossip is the favored pasttime and nothing much of significance ever really happens; however, the village inhabitants are stunned when two mysteries unfold at once: one involving blackmail and a suicide, and the other involving murder. Hercule Poirot, who has just moved to the village to retire, is irresistibly pulled into the intrigue and starts to investigate. He is aided by the village doctor, Dr. Sheppard, who narrates the tale. It's been a long time since I was completely absorbed in a mystery, and this delivered that deliciously maddening desire to have to know- right now-- who done it? It's difficult to put it down once started, and the ending was nothing short of nail-biting shock. Christie is a master at keeping the reader guessing and then delivering an emotionally stunning wrap-up of her tale. This one kept me on the edge of my seat, and I can't wait to read more of her novels.
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Back Flap: 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. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish the letter, he was stabbed to death.I enjoyed reading "The murder of Roger Ackroyd" and I was completely surprised who the murderer was at the end of the book. The story is narrated by Dr. James Sheppard, the town doctor. He lives with his sister, Caroline who is a big gossip. A new neighbor has justed moved in, Hercule Poirot. They enlist his help in solving the murder of Roger Ackroyd. As with all Agatha Christie novels, you have a cast of characters who all have a secret. As Dr. Sheppard and Poirot sort through the clues, there are many twists and turns to deceive you. You too will be surprised about who did it.
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If you only ever read one book by Agatha Christie read this one. It is rightly considered her masterpiece as she subverts the genre without comprising the narrative.
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I read this years ago, and when I finished it I threw it across the room in disgust. But my book club was looking for a challenging mystery, so I suggested this. Let me just say this - unreliable narrator. Probably best example I have ever read. So I read it again, knowing the ending, just to see what sense I could make of it. The ending still made me mad!
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This is a classic Poirot, in which Poirot himself has some personality and a genuine accent, unlike other Christies I've read (Halloween Party comes to mind, in which his character is rushed and apparently made of cardboard, with a token Mon ami thrown into his conversation as an afterthought). This book is well plotted, moderately well-characterised (as far as Christie goes - don't expect George Eliot or Dosteovsky here) and engaging enough as a story even without the mystery solving element. The mystery aspect itself is certainly one of Christie's better ones. Solid Christie, and recommended.
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