Monday, 23 March 2015

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Book Review

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I am trying to read through the novels of Agatha Christie in the order in which they were written and write a review on each one.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 

A Poirot Mystery.

Shelfari Description

He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her - and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.
Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he'd finished reading it - stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study...
Agatha Christie mysteries seem quaint today, relics of a bygone day. But when her books were new, she was a trailblazer, and never more so than in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Her twist ending shocked and even angered her readers -- I won't tell you why -- and even today may still have the power to startle.
Hercule Poirot is retired to the country, but when his wealthy neighbor is found murdered, he can't resist stepping in to help the police. The local doctor takes the place of usual loyal sidekick Hastings, helping Poirot investigate and recording all the facts of the case, like Dr. Watson recording Holmes' adventures. The mystery winds through estranged stepsons, secret marriages, and blackmailers, and even now still has a whiff of controversy over the resolution.

My Thoughts

This is the seventh book by Agatha Christie and the fourth for her sleuth Hercule Poirot.

I read this over a week while travelling.  A few chapters at a time and each time looking forward to picking it up again for the next session.

Such a difference from the last one The Secret of Chimneys  when I  found it hard to remember the characters - here this was never a problem and I think there were more characters to actually remember in this one.

Was it the fact that Poirot was the detective again - am I so biased towards him?  I don't think so.  I think this book is so cleverly written and of course from having read it years ago I did remember who the murderer was simply because it was rather unique (not quite a spoiler but getting there!) but I really did enjoy the way it was written.

Yes I remembered the murderer, but the reason and part of the means of the crime had long since escaped from my mind.

I would say that this one could stand up against any of the more modern murder mysteries and is based on a motive that could be found in this day and age too, so anyone saying that Dame Agatha was for a different age is in my opinion completely incorrect.

This is one of those books that everyone should read even if they are not Christie fans because it's probably her most famously clever one.

 Here is a link to a list of her novels on Shelfari
Books by Agatha Christie

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  1. You're doing very well getting through all of these books!!! thanks for sharing with #readwithme x

  2. I have never read anything by Agatha Christie, don't know if this would be my cup of tea #readwithme

  3. Wow. That's an impressive goal, to finish her whole series and review each one. These look interesting. I keep telling myself I need to read more fiction but I'm a nonfiction addict :).

  4. Thanks for this book review as I just finished reading The man in the brown suit by agatha chrisite! I look forward to more of your book views. Thanks for sharing!

  5. looks good. Never read any Agatha Christie books but maybe I should do

  6. The Mother says - I love Agatha Christie and think that her books are timeless. I haven't read this title but I am a huge fan of her main characters. #readwithme

  7. I love Agatha Christie, this one was a favourite. I read them all as a teenager (about a million years ago, or so it feels) I might have to start getting into them again. Popped over from Read with Me!

  8. I love Agatha Christie and completely agree with you. Her books are timeless. Loved your very balanced review and am so glad to meet you! Followed your link from create with joy :)
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  9. Interesting book and good review you have here. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  10. Unbelievably I've never read any Agatha Christie. This one sounds interesting though #readwithme

  11. I need to reread Ms. Christie. You're inspiring me to get at it!

  12. I have read a couple of Agatha Christie's and I really enjoyed them. Will see if I can get to read this one.
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    Have a splendid weekend

  13. What a cool idea! Please join me at my other blog Reading Authors. Following you now.

  14. I use to love to watch movies with this kind of theme and of course, Agatha Christie was the mystery mistress! I love whodunits! Hee Hee! Thanks for the terrific share.

  15. I'll put this on my kindle watch list (for free! ha) I sounds like something both my husband and I would enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing this amazing writer with us for the letter A.


  16. What an amazing goal!
    Thanks for this good and thorough review!

  17. Thanks for linking up with the Cozy Reading Spot this week Sandra!

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