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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot (4)

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A widow's sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secrey 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. Kings Abbot is crawling with suspects and it's up to famous detective, Hercule Poirot, to solve the case.… (more)
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One of the very best Christies, with only, say, about seven impossible coincidences. Excellent twist. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
The murder of roger ackroyd by agatha christie
Starts out with the doctor arriving back home and his sister already knows of what happened.
He had to verify the death of Roger. He notices a lot of details as to others. When they inspector arrives he also
asks a lot of questions to anybody that was even nearby that night.
Got too much repetitive for me to keep drilling others with the same questions.
I thought as I was reading about a clue that might've been given away when the doctor is around the table and states someone at this table is the killer.
Not sure if that was a clue the author left in the book for us to find.
I've watched other British crime shows and they are not quite interrogating as this one.
Didn't really care for this book nor the author. First tiem ever reading her. ( )
  jbarr5 | May 12, 2022 |
logically, i know flora and major blunt are minor characters and that agatha is deceased, but that does not stop me from wanting an entire spin-off novel of their romance ( )
  managedbybooks | May 3, 2022 |
Village rumour hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.

Sent to me as a twitter prize by the lovely people at Harper Collins to mark a republish (different cover to one shown, but I cant find the latest image).

This is number 4 in the Hercule Poirot series, and it finds him retired in the countryside and keeping a low profile - so low, he doesnt appear for the first few chapters. The story is narrated by the local doctor and starts with the apparent suicide of Mrs Ferrars believed to have poisoned her husband the year before. Then Mr Ackroyd is found murdered in his study just a few days later. There are plenty of suspects - everyone is hiding a secret from Poirot and it takes him some time to work out just who did it.

If you've ever watched the TV adaptations, or read this before, the killer of Ackroyd is well known. However it's Christie's presentation of the narrative (as written in chapters by the doctor who has an eye on writing a book in the future a la John Watson about Sherlock Holmes) that keeps it all going. One advantage of Poirot books is that they are rarely (I dont think *ever*) written from the perspective of Poirot himself, and therefore we are safe in the knowledge that we are given the same information as Poirot, and it's just that everyone has their own interpretation on the information.

So: lovely edition of a book I havent read for a long time, and enjoyable to see how it completes, even if you do think you know who did it!
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
I don’t mind re-reading books but this is one of the few mysteries that’s even better when you read it for a second time. The clues are all there for you! Knowing who did it and then reading it again, I could appreciate how well-written this book is. ( )
  skayw | Mar 20, 2022 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anthony, NigelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arentz, Ronald ArcherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnard, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hata Shizuko yakuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Rezende, RenatoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sciascia, LeonardoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, Wendell H.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, LauraIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toming, RalfTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, BruceNotes and Questionssecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vuerhard, L.M.A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Punkie, who likes an orthodox detective story, murder, inquest, and suspicion falling on everyone in turn!
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Mrs Ferrars died on the night of the 16th-17th September—a Thursday.
Never worry about what you say to a man. They're so conceited that they never believe you mean it if it's unflattering.
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This is the main work for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Please note that the German title is Alibi.
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A widow's sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secrey 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. Kings Abbot is crawling with suspects and it's up to famous detective, Hercule Poirot, to solve the case.

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Belgian Inspector Hercule Poirot has retired to the countryside in the small English village of King's Abbot. Dr. Sheppard, observing his new neighbor, is sure that he must be a former hairdresser. But the brutal murder of a local squire reveals the truth: the peculiar little man is actually a detective par excellence. The Murder of the wealthy industrialist Roger Ackroyd begins the night before with the suicide of Mrs. Ferrars, a wealthy widow. Her death is believed to be an accident, until Roger Ackroyd is stabbed to death in his locked study. There are rumors she poisoned her first husband, rumors that she was being blackmailed, rumors that her secret lover was Roger Ackroyd, a man who knew too much, but no one is sure.

There's no shortage of suspects, all the members of the household stand to gain from his death, from Roger's neurotic sister-in-law who has accumulated personal debts, to a parlormaid with an uncertain history who resigned her post the afternoon of the murder. But the police focus on Ralph Paton, Ackroyd's stepson and heir, and the person with the most to gain from Roger's death. When sleuth Hercule Poirot, who is living quietly in King's Abbot, agrees to investigate, the case takes a completely different turn. Poirot exonerates all of the original suspects, and lays out a completely reasoned case that the clever and devious murderer is someone who had not come under suspicion at all - someone whose motive has nothing to do with money.
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Murder most cunning
All matter of perspective
Little gray cells win
Retirement doesn't
have to be dull, Poirot finds.
Exercise the mind!
Suicide, blackmail,
murder – Hercule Poirot solves
a puzzling case.
Stabbed with a knife,

many suspects to question.

M. Poirot solves it.


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