The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

A Hecule Poirot Mystery

Book - 2006
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Considered to be one of Agatha Christie's most controversial mysteries, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd breaks all the rules of traditional mystery writing. A widow's suicide has stirred rumors of blackmail, and of a secret lover named Roger Ackroyd, who was found stabbed to death in his study. The case is so unconventional that not even crack detective Hercule Poirot has a clue as to how to solve it.
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., 2006.
ISBN: 9781579126278
1579126278
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,22 cm.

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Liber_vermis
Mar 24, 2020

This Collins English Readers series edition, with CD audio recording, has shortened "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" to 97 pages. It provides a list of characters, a glossary of unfamiliar words, and notes on the English culture of early 20th century. While aimed at ESL readers, this book will appeal to speed-readers who want an Agatha Christie murder mystery without the fluff and filler. Also, the audio recording is great to listen to on a long trip for an entertaining diversion!

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jimf2560
Dec 08, 2019

Excellent mystery, riveting from the outset. This Poirot mystery had me guessing to the very ending. As always with Hercule Poirot, there is plenty of "grey cell" work interspersed with the utmost in discretion, along with a sprinkling of humor. This is a real character study, and there is a full cast of characters all of whom are suspect.

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Emma_Milton
Sep 17, 2019

Strongly encourages suicide.

Brilliantly written. Wonderful. In true Agatha Christie fashion, the ending takes you completely by surprise. Whatever you do, DON'T let anyone spoil it. Might be worth a reread, though, to see what hints you missed. :)

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blue_dog_17792
May 29, 2019

One of Christie's first (and best) mysteries.

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helenebooks
Apr 11, 2019

Brilliantly written; highly entertaining. The Queen of Mystery does it again. One of her top 10 best, and rightly so.

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jquick99
Mar 25, 2019

Listened to the audio.

This was excruciating slow, and then the Murderer was a huge disappointment. Save your time and read something else.

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Steve_the_Pirate
Feb 23, 2019

Agatha Christie's "the murder of roger ackroyd" is an engrossing murder mystery tale that successfully delivers knock-out twists and turns and by the end will have you thinking about its controversial and thought provoking ending for a long time to come. The book was published in 1926 and is regarded by Christie as one of her personal favorite novels that she's written, along with it being in her top two favorite Hercule Poirot novels. It's easy to see why Christie regards this particular Poirot novel as one of her best, as this is an absolutely astounding work of detective fiction storytelling complemented with very memorable characters, self aware humor, and astounding twists. I found myself reading steadily throughout the book, and then I began to read madly through the last hundred pages as there was no escape for me until I found out how Poirot would bring all of the pieces and clues together. Overall, the fact that this novel was published in 1926 and still stands today as being a thrillingly engaging murder mystery novel really speaks to the timeless quality of Agatha Christie's work. I will certainly be revisiting this novel in another read through in the future. Murder mystery fans and even non-fans alike, owe it to themselves to dive into one of Agatha Christie's favorite personal works of all-time.

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StrangelyExuberant
Jan 10, 2019

Second time reading this particular Agatha Christie novel. Even though this time I dis know who the killer was it was entertaining to be swept into the world and landscape again. Being the second time around I picked up on little hints and clues that I missed the first time. It was enjoyable again just in a new way. So far this is one of my favourites by Christie. The characters are intriguing, the setting delightfully described, and Poirot guiding the journey. This book is perfect for quiet nights, lazy days, or anytime (if you are a bookworm like me.)

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FoxLarkin
Jan 06, 2019

Brilliant-a recommendation from 1000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich: Never in a million years could I have figured it out-this is my first Agatha Christie mystery and won't be my last-it wan't until absolutely the very end did it all come together

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snrusso
Jun 17, 2014

"You should employ your little grey cells."

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snrusso
Jun 17, 2014

"It is odd how, when you have a secret belief of your own which you do not wish to acknowledge, the voicing of it by someone else will rouse you to a fury of denial."

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snrusso
Jun 17, 2014

" The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to the seeker after it."

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librarychik
Jun 09, 2008

murder mystery

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Emma_Milton
Sep 17, 2019

Other: Strongly encourages suicide

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