Thursday, May 1, 2008

37. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

#37



Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Series: Hercule Poirot
Author: Agatha Christie
Copyright: 1926
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5+/5 stars
Finished: 4-30-08

I'm still relatively new to the world of Agatha Christie as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is only the third book that Dame Agatha wrote that I have read. I've heard that she has been known to reuse plot devices and that sometimes, some of her stories can become repetitive, but if they are all written like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, I would be happy with that. This will easily top my list of favorite books.

I don't want to go into too much detail, as I'm always afraid that I'll let something slip that will spoil the end of the story for newcomers to Christie's writing. The book is so complex that I wouldn't even know where to begin. There is a suicide, blackmail, cocaine abuse, secrets, and of course, murder. In his usual flair, Hercule Poirot (who happens to be in the right place at the right time) is brought in to investigate. Through the course of the book, suspicion is plainly brought on each of the main characters in the Ackroyd household, and you will never have a clue as to "who done it" until the very end. Every chapter, I was sure I knew who had committed the murder, yet every time I was wrong. An ingenious book.

4 comments:

Table Talk said...

Have you seen any of the TV remakes with David Suchet as Poirot? He is brilliant casting and if you get the chance, they're well worth looking out for.

tapestry100 said...

I've never had the pleasure of watching one of the episodes, but I've also heard from others that they are a treat to watch.

I just added The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to the top of my video rental list, so I should be able to watch that in about a week.

Samantha said...

Do you mind if I post a link to this review on my blog, underneath my own review of this book? (For a more lenghty explanation of why see this post)

tapestry100 said...

Sure, Samantha. I don't mind.