Another Christie Classic

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

There’s a reason Agatha Christie is the best-selling mystery author of all time. She’s that good.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the fourth Hercule Poirot novel, and features the inimitable Belgian detective at his best. He’s moved to the town of Kings Abbot to pursue the growing of vegetable marrows, but soon finds himself embroiled in the investigation of a most perplexing murder. There are suspects aplenty, so Monsieur Poirot’s famous little gray cells are put to the test in sussing out the culprit.

The characters in the book are expertly drawn, as one would expect from Dame Agatha, and each of them harbors a secret (some more shocking than others). M Poirot makes it his mission to uncover each character’s secret, and he does so (as he does in all his appearances in Christie’s stories) with an abundance of well-earned self confidence and faultless logic.

The solution to the mystery of who killed Roger Ackroyd lies in that faultless logic, and it makes the path to figuring out whodunit especially fun for readers. Many of you have no doubt read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (as I have, but I’m on a mission to reread all the Christie novels) but I urge you to read it again and pay special attention to the way in which Christie lays out the clues. It’s ingenious. Even more ingenious is the twist at the end, one of the most famous plot twists in modern literature.

The British Crime Writers’ Association has voted The Murder of Roger Ackroyd the best crime novel ever written. I wholeheartedly recommend it to every reader who appreciates a good mystery.

10 thoughts on “Another Christie Classic”

    1. I am rereading them right now, and I agree with you. I do love And Then There were None and Murder on the Orient Express, but I haven’t gotten to reading them again. Maybe I’ll feel differently when they come up in the queue. Roger is a fabulous mystery.


  1. I’ve read a few Agatha Christie novels, but not this one. It’s refreshing when mysteries are solved through clever ingenuity while navigating some red herrings rather than the often preferred action scenes of many of today’s films.

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    1. I agree, Pete. Hercule Poirot is very cerebral and logical. It’s fascinating to see how Christie gets him to the solution of the crime in a measured, deliberate, and even quiet and gentlemanly (is that PC? I don’t know or care) manner. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    1. I love that cover! If I could travel back in time, I’d sit down with Agatha Christie and ask her a million questions. Thanks for visiting, Pat!


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