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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ISBN:1579126278
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Reviews

  • Bill  Kerwin
    Jun 15, 2007

    This Hercule Poirot is a genuine tour de force, for a very good reason that you completely understand as soon as you finish reading it.

  • Ebookwormy1
    Mar 20, 2008

    Just finished a re-read of this classic. I remember the first time I read it, the twist at the end knocked my socks off! My second thought was: "Agatha Christie understands evil in a way that is a little frightening!"

    This time through, I remembered how it turns out (which is not always the case!), and was able to watch the clues with the murderer in mind. An astonishingly masterful piece of work.

    When it was first published, in 1926, this book caused quite a stir, because no one had ever used thi

    Just finished a re-read of this classic. I remember the first time I read it, the twist at the end knocked my socks off! My second thought was: "Agatha Christie understands evil in a way that is a little frightening!"

    This time through, I remembered how it turns out (which is not always the case!), and was able to watch the clues with the murderer in mind. An astonishingly masterful piece of work.

    When it was first published, in 1926, this book caused quite a stir, because no one had ever used this twist before. People were shocked! and some were offended! After you have read the book, you can read about it's reception on the Wikipedia page devoted to it, but there are numerous spoilers, so don't check it out until you are 'in the know':

    Many consider this novel to be Agatha Christie's best, though I have also heard many votes for "And then there were none" (Originally published as "Ten Little Indians"). My feeling is that Agatha Christie is so good, it won't hurt to read both. My personal preference is for this book, "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" because I prefer the twist at the end - the surprise is excellent -- over the puzzle to be solved as in

    .

    My other Christie recommendation is the unChristie, Christie, Endless Night.

    Endless Night, Christie, 1967

    And then there were None, Christie, 1939

  • Madeline
    Jun 04, 2010

    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."

  • mark monday
    Dec 08, 2010

    Choose Your Own Adventure!

    You are a country doctor living in a cozy English village - and your friend has been murdered! Suspects abound. Whispers and secrets and dastardly blackmail surround you. Your sister prattles on. The situation becomes increasingly aggravating and even worse, your nosy and very foreign neighbor decides to make your private business his own. His bizarre Belgian behavior soon becomes quite intolerable. Whatever is a country doctor to do?

    If you decide to take a nice long tr

    Choose Your Own Adventure!

    You are a country doctor living in a cozy English village - and your friend has been murdered! Suspects abound. Whispers and secrets and dastardly blackmail surround you. Your sister prattles on. The situation becomes increasingly aggravating and even worse, your nosy and very foreign neighbor decides to make your private business his own. His bizarre Belgian behavior soon becomes quite intolerable. Whatever is a country doctor to do?

    If you decide to take a nice long trip to ease your mind, choose

    If you decide to visit relatives in your sprawling country manor, choose

  • Richard Derus
    Jul 06, 2014

    Rating: 4* of five **THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE

    EPISODE AS WELL AS THE BOOK**

    : 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, includin

    Rating: 4* of five **THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE

    EPISODE AS WELL AS THE BOOK**

    : 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, including a nervous butler, Ackroyd's wayward stepson, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd, who has taken up residence in the victim's home. It's now up to the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who has retired to King's Abbot to garden, to solve the case of who killed Roger Ackroyd--a task in which he is aided by the village doctor and narrator, James Sheppard, and by Sheppard's ingenious sister, Caroline.

    is the book that made Agatha Christie a household name and launched her career as a perennial bestseller. Originally published in 1926, it is a landmark in the mystery genre. It was in the vanguard of a new class of popular detective fiction that ushered in the modern era of mystery novels.

    : Undoubtedly the most famous novel written by Dame Agatha. It is well-known even among non-mystery readers, poor benighted sods, and has been cited by scholars as a turning point in the history of the mystery genre as a literary force. An English professor, [[Pierre Bayard]], has even delved deeply into the text to propose, from the book that Dame Agatha wrote, an alternative (and very interesting) ending!

    I'm not going to spoiler the ending's Big Twist because the ten or twelve literate-in-English people who have never read it will come screaming in from the Internet to call me unpleasant names, and I'm done with that. It is indeed a Big Twist, it makes the entire experience of the book far more interesting than it otherwise would be, and it's just flat fun to come to, that first time, all unknowing.

    So that said, when I first read this novel in 1973, I was all unknowing and was I gobsmacked! My oldest sister had a copy of it in her house, where I was visiting her, and she was deriving major amusement from my responses as the pages turned. It was a great way to spend a summer weekend.

    Then after what, maybe 35 years, they make a

    TV episode out of the story. The vast bulk of you, having read the book, are now looking bemused, befuddled, or annoyed. How, you're asking yourself, can the Big Twist be preserved? How can the essential frisson-granting narrative device translate onto film, for pity's sake?!

    Not all that well.

    It's still a stylish and entertaining film, and I liked watching it, but it was NOT the equal of the book. For one thing, Inspector Japp appears out of nowhere and assumes his usual role as Poirot's foil-cum-sidekick. WTF? I screamed at the screen, WTF IS THIS HOOPLA?! (I used a dirtier word, but I am attempting to portray myself as a sweet and mild-mannered old man.) (Stop laughing.) Japp appeareth not in the novel! Not even close. It is but one of many shifts required to bring the story to the screen.

    And for the only time in the entire history of the series

    , I wished they had just left the book alone and unfilmed. So why four stars? Because the book is five, and the film is three. Do the math. But don't bother with the show unless you're a completist.

    This work is licensed under a

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  • Sanjay Gautam
    Jan 17, 2015

    One of the favorite books that I read in 2015. Nothing much can be said about the story or plot, or anything for that matter, without dropping a major spoiler. But trust me, it's bloody clever. Agatha Christie will leave you dazzled. One of her finest.

    Highly Recommended!

  • Brina
    Mar 03, 2017

    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.

  • Nikoleta
    Feb 13, 2016

    Η αλήθεια είναι πως έχω συναντηθεί με την Αγκάθα Κρίστι και στο παρελθόν, αλλά μπορώ να πω, πως μόνο αυτές τις ημέρες την γνώρισα. Ο λόγος είναι ότι όταν την διάβασα στην προεφηβεία, το τελευταίο πράγμα που είχα στο μυαλό μου είναι να λύνω φόνους. Και έτσι στο πέρασμα του χρόνου την λησμόνησα και την περιφρόνησα. Όταν πριν λίγες μέρες έπεσε στα χέρια μου ένα βιβλίο της και δέχτηκα να το διαβάσω, έπαθα πλάκα. Η Κρίστι είναι σαν την ηρωίνη, έτσι και πέσεις σε ένα βιβλίο της θα θες κι άλλο. Δεν το

    Η αλήθεια είναι πως έχω συναντηθεί με την Αγκάθα Κρίστι και στο παρελθόν, αλλά μπορώ να πω, πως μόνο αυτές τις ημέρες την γνώρισα. Ο λόγος είναι ότι όταν την διάβασα στην προεφηβεία, το τελευταίο πράγμα που είχα στο μυαλό μου είναι να λύνω φόνους. Και έτσι στο πέρασμα του χρόνου την λησμόνησα και την περιφρόνησα. Όταν πριν λίγες μέρες έπεσε στα χέρια μου ένα βιβλίο της και δέχτηκα να το διαβάσω, έπαθα πλάκα. Η Κρίστι είναι σαν την ηρωίνη, έτσι και πέσεις σε ένα βιβλίο της θα θες κι άλλο. Δεν το λέω με υπερβολή, είναι άκρως εθιστική. Οι ιστορίες της δεν είναι αυτό που περίμενα, είναι πρωτότυπες, διαφορετική η μια από την άλλη, κι ας αφορούν όλες εξιχνίαση εγκλημάτων, με ποικιλία, χωρίς περιττές φλυαρίες, με έντονη αγωνία, έξυπνο χιουμοράκι και υποθέσεις εξαιρετικά δύσκολες στην εξιχνίαση τους. Έχω να πω δε, ότι το Ποιος σκότωσε τον Ρότζερ Ακρόυντ είναι το καλύτερο από όσα έχω διαβάσει έως τώρα, είναι απλώς εξαιρετικό!!! Ειλικρινά θεωρώ ότι παρόλο που έχουν περάσει γενεές ολόκληρες από τότε που γράφτηκαν αυτά τα βιβλία, σε καμία περίπτωση δεν είναι ξεπερασμένα. Όσα αστυνομικά και αν έχουν γραφτεί από τότε, αυτά θα παραμένουν αξεπέραστα και δύσκολα στην επίλυση τους, ενώ οι ατάκες της Αγκάθα θα συνεχίζουν να έχουν την ίδια ζωηράδα που είχαν και τότε.

    Τα αδίκησα, και καλά να πάθω που τόσα χρόνια δεν τα άγγιζα. Ένα έχω να πω ακόμα, όσοι θεωρείτε την Αγκάθα μπανάλ κ ξεπερασμένη, σας προκαλώ! Πάρτε στα χέρια σας τον Ακρόυντ και αν μπορείτε βρείτε τον δολοφόνο!

  • Arah-Lynda
    Aug 12, 2016

    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
    Sep 16, 2016

    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