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This is one of the cleverest mysteries I have ever read The plot is dazzling and its execution is flawless I was drawn into the mystery so easily and, despite following all of Hercule Poirot s little ideas as he calls them , despite all the subtle clues to decipher, this story and its ending were a complete surprise.No spoilers ahead although there are a couple of very obscure clues In this novel, Hercule Poirot has retired to a small village, and when a murder is committed coupled with the possible blackmail of another person close to the murder victim, one of the family requests Hercule Poirot s help in discovering the truth behind the mystery Hastings Poirot s chronicler and helper in past mysteries is in Argentina, so Poirot asks the local doctor if he would be willing to assist him Dr Shepherd is thrilled to be asked as the life of a country doctor is tedious at times and he sees it as an opportunity.There are several household members, all of whom are suspects there are also a few of the household staff in the suspect category.Despite the large cast of characters and the various clues attached to certain people, I found it very easy to keep track of everyone, including the clues, motives, and where everyone was at the crucial times Dr Shepherd is very good at keeping notes and then transcribing them for our benefit afterward.What am I saying Of course it was Agatha Christie behind it all and what a brilliant little masterpiece she created with this novel I am only 4 books along in her Hercule Poirot series and I can see very clearly why she is in the upper echelons of the best mystery writers of all time. 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 The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd Is The Book That Made Agatha Christie A Household Name And Launched Her Career As A Perennial Bestseller Originally Published In , 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 The Murder or Roger Ackroyd is one of the most well known mysteries written by Agatha Christie and the only one to be featured in the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list After having read it I understand why it is so well praised As with all her mysteries, it leaves you guessing until the end who the killers is and in this particular case, the way the murderer was unraveled was particularly interesting Sadly for me, I already knew who the killer was as I accidently found out from an audio course on Crime and mystery novels Because of that, a large part of the book s appeal was lost for me However, I can still appreciate the unique way this novel was thought out I don t want to say any so I do not spoil anything for the ones that still haven t read it If you enjoy Agatha Christie s novels this one is a must. Agatha Christie offers her readers an invite, an invite to come and solve her tantalising murder mystery.It was a real tricky one, though I did have my suspicions very early on There was a certain emphasis on a tiny bit of information that we didn t really need to know that gave the game away It added little to the story and, for me, only had the purpose of giving her killer an excuse not to be the killer So it was obviously that person Most readers seem to have been utterly dumbfounded at the reveal but I spotted it a mile of, perhaps only because I have seen the same device used in a book by another author I m not going to mention the name of the book because it will give it all away Nevertheless, when it was finally confirmed it still brought me a great deal of delight The actual murder event was ever so discreet, tucked in between two paragraphs in plain sight that will always be missed on an initial read It was the editor afterward that drew my attention to the piece of text, and despite my suspicions I still missed it when I read it the first time When I went back to read it though I noticed exactly how subtle Christie has been it is exceedingly clever writing that s for sure The real success of Christie s writing is her narrative drive It is impossible to read this in a slow leisurely manner I found myself storming through pages and chapters at an alarming rate I actually read the entire novel in one evening and pretty much in one sitting Christie gives you just enough information to keep you second guessing yourself but not enough to finally confirm your suspicions, at least, until that memorable reveal the grand unmasking of her killer Poirot knew all along he was just keeping the killer as close as possible for as long as possible, baiting him the entire time In the mode of modernism, Christie s prose is deceptively simple It pushes ever forward, picking up speed, as it heads towards the climax a single line of dialogue that has, no doubt, dropped the jaw of many a reader She also explores the psychological state of her characters and demonstrates awareness of Freud s theories of psychoanalysis It allowed her to get way with so much here and Poirot uses it too when he considers the possible murder motives his line of suspects could have Overall, a brilliant book This will not be the last Agatha Christie novel I read. 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 My 2018 Review ooh 4.5 starsSo as part of my Hercule Poirot challenge, courtesy of Jessica in Reading the Detectives , I decided to read this book for the 2nd time in 13 months why when I have so many books I want to read I don t know, but I did Was I disappointed, oh no, if anything I m seriously thinking of upping it to 5 stars Despite a gap of only 13 months , I got so much from this re read In fact I ve obviously read so much in that intervening time, that it took me over 3 4 of the book to guess who had done it.I m not going into any spoiler details but it is superbly written with so many red herrings and false clues So so well done Maybe a third time, but give me a few years.My 2017 Review 4 starsWhere to start, well I saw a few other people wanted to read this as a Buddy read, so whilst on a Miss Marple kick challenge I thought why not I cannot remember ever having read this or even seeing it as a TV adaptation and did not guess the ending until right at the very end.The central characters of Dr Sheppard and his sister Caroline are excellent, with the Dr playing the Hastings role for Poirot I think the story is well constructed with many twists and turns, and overall generally good i ve given it 4 stars , I was just a little sad at the end Read it and find out. I saw a few reviews, before I read this book, saying it was the best Agatha Christie they had read and I think I agree I raced through it in a few hours though still making sure I absorbed every fact and every clue.Not that it did me any good I had plenty of ideas as to who the murderer might be but in the end none of them were correct Poirot kept his secrets right to the end and only then did things become clear It was actually an amazing conclusion to a really excellent story.Thoroughly enjoyable and yes, one of the best Christie novels I have read. Arabic English Review 15 16 17 18The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details, without knowing that they are doing so Their subconscious mind adds these little things together and they call the result intuition 16 17 2016 20 2016 A Brief English Review Sep 15, The Queen of Crime, and Mystery Agatha Christie s Birthday.Sep 16, 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 wholiterally, she was my mom s favorite authorkept generations of readers guessing..Sep 17 Mr Roger Ackroyd found murdered at his office.Sep 18 Me, Mr Hercule Poirot start a hell of time in King s abbott with Dr Sheppard and his ingenious sister, Caroline, trying with all our brain s little grey cells finding out Who Murdered Mr Roger Ackroyd.10 Suspects. I forced to include all, even the narrator Dr Shepparad, as Mr Ackroyd s friend..10 little things, clues 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, 10 Big Questions of Why, told one by one till the last 10 pages to know why every thing. to connect everything brilliantly and perfectly.Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details, without knowing that they are doing so Their subconscious mind adds these little things together and they call the result intuitionWomen 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 Breaking the fourth wall 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 A Very Sad Story 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 if 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 Agatha Christie Mr Poitot.Mohammed Arabeyfrom 17 Sep 2016to 20 sep 2016 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.
Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name
- 288 pages
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
- Agatha Christie
- 06 April 2018 Agatha Christie