Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
No. of pages: 255
Genre: Murder Mystery, Classic
Publication date: June 1926
Date read: November 15th 2017
Considered to be one of Agatha Christie’s most controversial mysteries, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd breaks all the rules of traditional mystery writing.
The peaceful English village of King’s Abbot is stunned. First, the attractive widows Ferrars dies from an overdose of veronal. Not twenty-four hours later, Roger Ackroyd—the man she had planned to marry—is murdered. It is a baffling, complex case involving blackmail, suicide, and violent death, a cast that taxes Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” before he reaches one of the most startling conclusions of his fabled career.
I’m soso happy with my first experience with Agatha Christie – it couldn’t have been a better one! Or maybe I’m not fully truthful here: last Friday I saw “Murder on the Orient Express” in theatre, without ever reading the book. So, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was my first experience with a book written by Christie.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get on with my thoughts on this murder mystery. Because I love reading and watching detectives solve murder cases in Britain, I expected to love this one as well and just have a nice cozy read. I have to admit, though, that at the start I thought it would be your “average” murder mystery: person gets murdered – Poirot uses his extremely high intelligence to solve it – Poirot solves the case and the maid/butler/secret lover has done it. Well, let me tell you that, in my opinion, Christie definitely deserves all the praise she gets and maybe even more! The ending of the story was not what I expected, AT ALL. I had my suspicions throughout the story, but I didn’t see this ending coming. Without spoiling too much, let’s just say that the outcome put the whole book in an entirely different light.
What I already noticed in the film “Murder on the Orient Express” was that Hercule Poirot is a very secretive and mysterious little man. This is no different in the book I read – the story is narrated by someone other than Poirot, so you never get to read about what he thinks or, at times, does. Hercule Poirot remains a mystery! I really hope that the other mysteries by Christie have the same style, because it really added to a positive reading experience!
To end this review with a question: can I please just read all the Christies now?