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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Paperback - 01 February 2011
Christie, Agatha (Author)
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Voted by the British Crime Writers' Association as the "Best Crime Novel of all Time"

Hercule Poirot comes out of retirement in one of Agatha Christie's ten favorite novels, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with an apparent drug overdose.

However the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information, but before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death. Luckily one of Roger's friends and the newest resident to retire to this normally quiet village takes over--none other than Monsieur Hercule Poirot.

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Agatha Christie had a mind like a mousetrap and taught me, in novels like "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd," the pleasure of literary surprise.--William Dietrich, New York Times bestselling author of the Ethan Gage Historical Adventures.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0062073567

ISBN-13: 9780062073563

Publisher: William Morrow & Company       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Paperback: 286 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 20.17 x 13.49 x 1.96 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.23 Kg

Periplus Bestseller Rank:
#1,434 in Books
#9 in Books » Fiction Literature » Mystery

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1 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  17 October 2018
Goodness gracious!
By: Almeyda Tara

“You should employ your little grey cells” Oh, how I missed it when Papa Poirot saying that and it's been awhile since I read Agatha's book (the last one was Murder on The Orient Express). I read this book because my friend told me that The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Agatha's most popular books and IT IS POIROT'S CASE. So, who am I to say no? In this book, Papa Poirot was already retired from being a detective (but when I think about it again, he maybe just spending his holiday). He wanted to spend his days in a small town, but lucky him. Cases came to him, mysteries were waiting to be solved. What made this story interesting for me was about the... See More

relationship between James Sheppard (the narrator) and his sister, Caroline. Why? Because Caroline was a gossip girl and nothing passed her radar. She know every gossip in her (basically) small town. Meanwhile, James was a doctor who happened to live in the same house as his sister, so he should listen to her rambling all the time and it's so hilarious. “Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details, without knowing that they are doing so. Their subconscious mind adds these little things together—and they call the result intuition.” All of the characters were intriguing. Papa Poirot (as always) being his self-centered and hilarious self. He can be so nosy sometimes and made everyone feel so annoyed because of his mere existence. I laughed so hard when everyone thought his name was "Mr. Porrott" and I can imagine hearing him correcting it in the background. I was on the verge of crying when he was talking about his partner in crime, Hastings (oh my one and only dear Captain Hastings) and said that he missed him. *me shouting in the background* "ME TOO PAPA, ME TOO! I REALLY DO MISS HIM" *sigh* Now, I'll explain to you all why I did give this 5 stars. It's because of the ending.THE BLOODY ENDING.The truth was already dangling before your face but you DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE IT, DANG IT I'M SO MAD. I love Mystery but I'm super bad at guessing something and this book makes it worse than it already is. Before the ending, you'll meet a lot of plot twists that will make your head hurt. You'll never guess who is the murderer. NEVER. Or is it just me. Once it revealed, I stopped turning the page and just staring at the ceiling, thinking what did I do to deserve such a twist. After I read Papa Poirot's explanation, I felt so stupid for not realizing the facts. "It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.” There, I said it. The final chapter tho was a knife that sliced through my heart. It's more like an open ending. Because Agatha left us there, hanging. Another reason why, is because of the writing style. I'm so in love with Agatha's signature style, she wrote the narrative beautifully and captivating, she made sure you can't read it at a slow pace. I tried it, trust me it didn't work reading it slowly. It was like you should know as soon as possible about the ending. Actually, I kind of skeptical at first because it's from James' perspective. Buuut, what surprised me, James didn't really expose too much about his feelings or his thoughts toward the surrounding in this book (Poirot said it himself about this fact). He still kept some of his minds to himself and make a twist from it! I quite agreed if he had a potential for being Hastings 2.0. Overall, this one is definitely a page-turning book! I highly recommend it!

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