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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot) [Kindle Edition]

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


"The most brilliant of deceptions." - Julian Symons; "Very few (detective stories) provide greater analytical stimulation." - The New York Times; "Original and ingenious." - The Nation and Athaneum; "The truly startling denouement... will restore a thrill to the most jaded reader of detective stories" - New York Herald Tribune

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425176517
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece ed edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046A9MRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 3 Mar 2007
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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4 of 4 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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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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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
By A Customer
'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Book 10 July 2014
By Bridgey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having watched the Tv adaptations of Poirot starring the brilliant David Suchet I thought it was about time I picked up one of the original novels. I have never read anything by Agatha Christie before and if I am perfectly honest have never really fancied the Whodoneit type of novel. So when I came across The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in a second hand bookstore for the sum of 25p I snatched it up and settled down for a read.

Firstly, despite the age of the novel (written in 1926) the language used doesn't seem to have aged at all. This surprised me as many other Authors I have read from the era such as Nevil Shute the words sometimes seem slightly archaic. The reader immediately becomes enveloped in the world of small village gossip in the early part of the 20th century with the entire book being narrated by Dr James Sheppard. I assume that he is some sort of stand in for the more regular Captain Hastings.

The novel is written so that we, the reader, only know as much as Poirot is willing to divulge to Dr Sheppard, this accompanied by the Doctors own thoughts and feelings keep us guessing all the way. The clues are brilliantly laid out throughout the pages and at the end you cannot help but wonder how you did not come to the same conclusions as the great detective (in fact I may well revisit it one day just to see where I missed all the vital information). As always the entire novel leads up to a final meeting of all suspects and a very unexpected and dramatic conclusion.

A really well written book and I am glad I chose this as my introduction to Christie. I am sure that if I come across another Poirot mystery I will pick it up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was brilliant. When I read the supposed 'facsimile' 2006...
When I first read this book a very long time ago, I thought it was brilliant. When I read the supposed 'facsimile' 2006 version currently for sale, I was horrified - it has been... Read more
Published 4 days ago by GerryO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this book as it was the next one in the series
Published 21 days ago by Mrs T
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Classic Christie - a cracking plot laced with acerbic social commentary.
Published 1 month ago by Emma T
2.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Poirot
To begin I was unsure whether my attention could be kept. But soon you are
sucked into the intrigue and have to read on to find out the answers!
Published 1 month ago by eggy & sybil
5.0 out of 5 stars The murder of Roger Ackroyd
A classic Agatha Christie. Holding one in suspense for as long as possible. A great read which kept me enthralled all the way through.
Published 1 month ago by F M Blackwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The little gray cells enjoy this every time
Perhaps the most iconic crime novel of all time. The little gray cells enjoy this every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christie at her brilliant best.
This book is often regarded as Agatha Christie's masterpiece. It was published in 1926 fairly early in her career, and was highly influential at the time because of its innovative... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aletheuon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good but...
This book was published in 1926 and is a first person narrative, told by Poirot's substitute Watson, Dr James Sheppard - Hastings being back at the ranch in the Argentine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Allan DB
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Mystery
If you want to read an excellent murder mystery, this is the book to read. Everything about this is great, the characters and plot are compelling and the twist is pure genius... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucy Jean Macdonald
3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie Classic
This may be a classic crime novel but for me it is a rather boring tale set amongst boring high status people - a pre-cursor to the TV Midsummer Murders!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth A. Timms
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