The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot) Hardcover – Facsimile, 4 Sep 2006
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In the quiet village of King’s Abbot a widow’s suicide has stirred suspicion – and dreadful gossip. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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It starts with you wondering what is going on as it is told in the first person. That person lives with his sister, Caroline, a terrible gossip who is always fishing for information and sticking her nose into other people’s affairs. If you dislike gossips, this book is worth reading for the description of her character alone e.g.:
'...The motto of the mongoose family, so Mr Kipling tells us, is: “Go and find out.” If Caroline ever adopts a crest, I should certainly suggest a mongoose rampant. One might omit the first part of the motto. Caroline can do any amount of finding out by sitting placidly at home…'.
Christie doesn’t let up – Caroline appears throughout the book and the descriptions of her are pithy.
In this book, Poirot is semi-retired. A murder unfolds and there are two oddities – two things that don’t make any sense. One of them is that the murder scene has been slightly changed. “Surely it isn’t important?” says one of the characters to Poirot. Poirot replies: “It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting”. For the rest of the book, you are left trying to figure out why it might be important, before Christie’s hallmark ‘grand reveal’ at the end of the book.
I found the mystery intriguing. I also smile at how things have changed since the book was written e.g. ‘It was Friday night, and on Friday night I wind the clocks…’; the arrival of the ‘evening post’; and a number of references to ‘the electric light’ - I find it interesting that back in 1926 when this book was written, they called a ‘light’ an ‘electric light’.
This was listed in the Guardian as one of Christie’s Top 10 books.Read more ›
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 , it fails precisely because this is not only a story but an exploration of the relationship between reader and writer.Read more ›
Roger Ackroyd is murdered in a locked room. Almost anyone could have done it and plenty seem to have a motive for doing so. Hercule Poirot is living in retirement but feels he wants to involve himself and his 'little grey cells' in the case. The story is narrated by Dr Shepherd, who is Poirot's next door neighbour.
I did enjoy reading this book though Miss Marple is probably my favourite Christie Sleuth. If you haven't read any of Christie's novels then this could be a good one to start with as it is my opinion a much better book that the first Hercule Poirot - The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
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Great read. Twisted complicated plot as you'd expect but brilliantly written with atmosphere and fantastic characters. A classic house murder novel.Published 19 hours ago by glynn_anderson
The Doctor is called by an urgent telephone call telling him his friend, and patient, Roger Ackroyd has been murdered. Read morePublished 11 days ago by C. Bannister
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