The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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Finicky Hercule Poirot has retired to the countryside. Dr. Sheppard, observing his new neighbor, is sure that he must be a former hairdresser. But the brutal murder of wealthy Roger Ackroyd reveals the truth: the peculiar little man is actually a detective par excellence. Poirot shrewdly sorts out the clues and shocks everyone with the facts about the killer, in this stunning landmark of the mystery genre. This is the most controversial of Agatha Christie's many tales, and some critics consider it the most brilliant. Shattering traditions, this ingeniously tricky masterpiece startled fans, stunned critics, and has remained one of the most controversial mysteries ever written, ever since its original 1926 publication. Ranked number 12 by the Mystery Writers of America in their list of the Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time; deemed one of the five best mysteries of the 20th century by the Bouchercon Mystery Convention, the largest mystery convention in the world.
Publisher: North Kingstown : Sound Library, 2008.
ISBN: 9780792753902
Additional Contributors: Bailey, Robin
Alternative Title: Sound library.

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Mar 16, 2012

This was my second Agatha Christie novel, after being completely absorbed by And Then There Were None. My new favorite is... I can't say. Both are landmarks of the mystery genre and still talked about to this day, and for me, both were impossible to put down. The early 20th century British prose is a treat, and there's a delight in enjoying stories that so many writers after Christie are influenced by.

I never guessed who murdered Roger Ackroyd until Monsieur Poirot was ready to reveal the right clues. The last couple of chapters were a stunning revelation!

** Update: I reread this novel again and finished on Nov 26, 2011. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is approaching almost a century old since its first publication and I'm pleased how well it has aged. This ranks as one of my all-time favorites.

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