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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot Mysteries) [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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7 Sep 2001 Hercule Poirot Mysteries

Hercule Poirot has to solve a fiendishly clever murder mystery in this newly adapted full-colour comic strip adventure.

Famed for her crime masterpieces, Agatha Christie’s books have become the best-selling in the world, appealing to readers young and old for their ingenious plots and immediately recognizable characters. The stories have also transcended the printed page, become bestselling audiobooks and award-winning films, plays and television series. Now words and pictures combine in an exciting new way of telling these stories – full-colour graphic novels which enhance the original stories and offer a completely new way of enjoying some of the world’s most popular and exciting mysteries.

Roger Ackroyd knows too much. He knows that the woman he loves poisoned her brutal first husband. He also suspects that someone has been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, the news has come that she has taken her own life with a drug overdose.

But the evening post brings Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he can finish reading it, he is stabbed to death…

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc; Reissue edition (7 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425173895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425173893
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,609,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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“A classic – the book has worthily earned its fame.”
Irish Independent

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There are rumours she murdered her first husband, rumours that she was blackmailed, and rumours that her secret lover was Roger Ackroyd. When Ackroyd is found murdered it is unlucky for the killer that Hercule Poirot is close by. Setting up the traditional rules of mystery only to shatter them, this ingeniously tricky masterpiece startled fans, polarised critics, and stunned the Detection Club, the highly esteemed literary organisation, of which Christie herself was a member. One of the most famous detective novels ever written, and certainly one of the most controversial, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was championed by Dorothy L Sayers who said, “Christie fooled you (all)… It’s the readers business to suspect everyone.” And you will. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 3 Mar 2007
By A. Butterfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is definitely amongst the best Agatha Christie novels I've read, and it feels even better in this lovely 'new' facsimile edition. The novel caused a stir (relatively speaking) at the time because it's written in the first person... and particularly for another reason! Read it to find out. The first person narrative feels odd at first, but the narrator is very believable. This is a well structured and complex plot. A semi-retired Poirot is looked at from a different angle, but he is just as effective and there are some nice set pieces - in particular the beautifully written 'mah jong' scene that's a joy to read. The denoument is satisfying. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot gets embroiled in murder - again 10 Dec 2000
Agatha Christie really exercises her ability to write ingenious crime fiction in this story. Featuring the well-known and lovable Hercule Poirot, we follow his attempts to retire peacefully in a country village setting, and see them blown away when a murderer strikes. As usual, Christie deceives the reader in a most satisfactory way, which is perhaps the most I should say about it. Immensely enjoyable, and the reader should find him or herself reading it over and over again to spot the clues that were missed the first time around.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius 1 Sep 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
You have to read this book twice- first time as a mystery, second time knowing who the murderer was and spotting all the clues that make the answer seem so obvious... (once you know who it is, you wonder how you could have been so deceived!) A really engaging story with a delicious twist at the end! This book is worth more than 5 stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Deception 8 Nov 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Christie's job, as a writer of Detective Novels, was, paradoxically, to hide the criminal - much like a spiv with the card game, Hide the Lady. Even though the punter aims to find the card - and makes wild guesses (based, of course, on superior talents) the side-show spiv will win every time - maybe it's just a trick, a slight of hand, but we come back again and again in the vain hope of putting one over on the expert.

Not much hope, I'm afraid!

`The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' has to be Ms Christie's ultimate deception - it certainly had me fooled right `til the end. No matter where I looked, the Lady was hidden.

Up pop all the usual suspects - and with a Christie you know if someone is accused, it isn't them. One by one she knocks out everyone - and I do mean everyone! Surely she hasn't had a total stranger do the murder?

No, the wrist works it's magic: Poirot, shows you the superiority of his little gray cells and you loose again.

And I can't tell you the secret - I won't spoil the thrill.

What I will say is it is beautifully done.

Agatha Christie manages here to exploit the genre `Detective Novel' in a way which relies on the reader's knowledge of all the usual tricks, of lulling them into a false sense of security and then flipping them onto their backs. It is a book to be read rather than a story to be told - and despite the amazing craftsmanship of Granada television's version with David SuchetPoirot - Agatha Christie's Poirot - The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd [1989], it fails precisely because this is not only a story but an exploration of the relationship between reader and writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot 18 Aug 2000
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'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' is the brightest jewel amongst Agatha Chrisite's crime novels. The plot of the murder is so intricate and complex, yet so logical, that only the brilliant grey cells of Hercule Poirot at their full 'methodical' capacity can allow the reader to comprehend its degree of ingenuity. The suspects are numerous; the entire staff employed at Ackroyd's mansion, his own son as well as his sister in law and her daughter. All possess the equal potential of being the murderer. With Dr.Sheppard substituting the role of Poirot's faithful companion Hastings, the road towards the truth is long but entirely bearable, as Agatha Christie demonstrates why she is the queen of crime, once and for all.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
As seductive as a sudoku puzzle, with all the facts of a devilish murder laid out for the reader to solve, if only s/he reads carefully enough, this 1926 mystery is still captivating new readers. A contemporary of popular mystery writers Dorothy Sayers and Marjorie Allingham, Christie writes novels which are less character-driven than Sayers's novels and less elitist (and sometimes satirical) than Allingham's. Instead, Christie carves out a niche writing mysteries with unusually clever plots, even if, as in this case, she has to violate the conventions of the mystery/detective genre to make them work.

No spoilers. When Hercule Poirot, the French detective who uses his "little gray cells," retires and moves to the small rural village of King's Abbott, he quickly learns of the death of Mrs. Ferrars, who, after her husband's mysterious death, had intended to marry Roger Ackroyd. Soon, however, Roger Ackroyd himself is found dead, stabbed in the back in his study.

An unusual number of complications make this mystery particularly challenging. The disappearance of Ackroyd's stepson (his major heir) is thought to signal his guilt, but there are others who also have motives. A maid has been dismissed under mysterious circumstances, Ackroyd's sister-in-law has serious debts, a stranger has appeared at Fernly Park at the time of the murder and has then disappeared, and Ackroyd himself has been trying to control his estate by securing the marriage of his niece to his stepson.

Details of the mystery are not unique. Christie uses the attempt of a wealthy man to control his heirs' marriages in _Dead Man's Mirror_, for example, along with the familiar concept of a murderer entering and leaving a locked room via a window.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
If you're looking for a diverting few hours you couldn't do much better than this. One 'clue' in particular to the culprit's identity is a bit of a clunker and might have been... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Aphid
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different
Without giving anything away, I would say the ending took me by surprise. An enjoyable read, and I couldn't wait to find who done it,but was sorry to finish it.
Published 3 days ago by Stella E. Dixon
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a fan of A C
A bit dated! Quite an interesting way of writing but generally not good enough to recommend it.It did however shed interesting light of the social mores of the period.
Published 25 days ago by Anthea Penhallow
4.0 out of 5 stars good who done it
This is the Agatha Christie I have read and it will not be the last. Kept me guessing to the end.
Published 1 month ago by Hoolahooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Twist
I often feel Agetha wrote her books then threw in a few VERY obscure clues.
Usually i would look for the least obvious villian. Seriously never guessed this one.
Published 1 month ago by Marian Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping
An excellent read - I really enjoyed this page turner with a clever twist. As always, the descriptions of Poirot are fabulous!
Published 1 month ago by Natasha D-J
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
This was a book I just couldn't put down. I don't usually read but was compelled to find out' who done it' and was very surprised in the end. Now trying to pick my next book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JACKIE CHURCHILL
5.0 out of 5 stars detective here i come
very good as a good case and it was never obvious as to who was the murderor. a very good book
Published 2 months ago by Theo
5.0 out of 5 stars Well deserving of the epithet 'greatest crime novel'
What an immensely enjoyable read. A brilliant introduction to Agatha Christie and Hercule poirot . Would recommend to anyone who enjoys crime novels, or anyone who wants to be... Read more
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Husband was pleased with this gift was lucky to get it so cheaply as these can be quite expensive and seem to hold their price
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