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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot (3)

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Hercule Poirot thought that retiring to a small village to do some gardening would bring his detective career to a halt. But when Roger Ackroyd's body is found in his study with a knife stabbed into him, Poirot takes on the case. Ackroyd, whose wealthy fiancee had just recently committed suicide, is hosting a dinner party for a swathe of guests one night when a friend comes to him in confidence and reveals that someone had been blackmailing his late fiancee. That is the last time anyone saw Mr. Ackroyd alive. Join one of Agatha Christie's most notable characters in this entertaining and surprising murder mystery.… (more)
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    Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? by Pierre Bayard (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Caution! Instant spoilers for Christie's novel; strictly for pursuing afterwards.
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This is one of the first Agatha Christie books that I've read - and I picked up out of curiosity, and that this book generally tops lists of greatest Mystery Books. And I was very surprised to find a very interesting murder story, a who done it with a enough red herrings to the suspect everyone associated with the book.

The first person narrative in a mystery was a very new thing when this book was written, but it feels like Agatha is a pro at this perspective. The writing is well done, the characters interesting, and the solution was genius. I greatly enjoyed reading it. However, I made the mistake of reading a forum post about this book, which gave a spoiler that while not ruining the book exactly, but the mystery was no longer a mystery.

Highly recommended. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jul 19, 2024 |
4.5 stars, this is heavily referenced in many works of mystery, so it had already been spoiled for me. That didn't spoil the reading experience though, giving me an appreciation for the crumbs dropped along the way. ( )
  KallieGrace | Jul 10, 2024 |
The story was captivating from start to finish. I read a review before that someone said it was a big twist, therefore I was able to guess the murderer before the reveal. Nonetheless, it was a surprise, how everything unfold. I haven't read any story where the narrator is the killer, and thus Agatha Christie had left me in awe for a while after finishing the book. ( )
  heolinhdam | Jun 25, 2024 |
The fourth Hercule Poirot book is one of the best-known, thanks to its unforgettable ending. Apart from that, it is a good Agatha Christie mystery, with competent characterization, a well-structured plot and plenty of red herrings and twists to keep the interest of the reader. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
It's always satisfying to figure out who the murderer was before the end of the book. Not that I'd figured out HOW or WHY, but I did have a strong suspicion of WHO about 3/4ths of the way in. This is supposed to be one of Christie's best, but it doesn't compare with And Then There Were None, which stands in my opinion of the best murder mystery ever written. ( )
  milbourt | May 11, 2024 |
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"El asesinato de Roger Ackroyd" es una novela clásica de misterio escrita por Agatha Christie, publicada por primera vez en 1926. La historia es narrada por el Dr. James Sheppard, un médico del pequeño pueblo inglés de King's Abbot. La narración comienza con el aparente suicidio de la rica viuda Sra. Ferrars, que estaba prometida en matrimonio con Roger Ackroyd, un rico industrial.

La trama da un giro dramático cuando el propio Roger Ackroyd aparece asesinado en su estudio. Hércules Poirot, el famoso detective belga, se aloja en el pueblo y el Dr. Sheppard le pide que investigue el caso. Los métodos únicos de Poirot y su aguda capacidad de observación entran en juego a medida que examina las pistas e interroga a los sospechosos.

A medida que Poirot profundiza en el misterio, descubre una red de secretos, mentiras y relaciones ocultas entre los habitantes de King's Abbot. La novela es especialmente famosa por su sorprendente giro final, que desafía las convenciones de la novela policíaca de su época.

Sin revelar demasiado para evitar spoilers, cabe señalar que "El asesinato de Roger Ackroyd" se cita a menudo como una de las obras más ingeniosas e influyentes de Agatha Christie. La estructura narrativa y la identidad del asesino contribuyen a la reputación de la novela como un clásico del género de whodunits y un ejemplo destacado de la maestría de Christie en el arte de escribir novelas de misterio.

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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall 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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Hercule Poirot thought that retiring to a small village to do some gardening would bring his detective career to a halt. But when Roger Ackroyd's body is found in his study with a knife stabbed into him, Poirot takes on the case. Ackroyd, whose wealthy fiancee had just recently committed suicide, is hosting a dinner party for a swathe of guests one night when a friend comes to him in confidence and reveals that someone had been blackmailing his late fiancee. That is the last time anyone saw Mr. Ackroyd alive. Join one of Agatha Christie's most notable characters in this entertaining and surprising murder mystery.

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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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