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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Publication Year: 1926 (Original); 2006 (my copy)
ISBN: 1579126278
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I first became aware of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie book when reading a review of it blog of a fellow LTer, Tapestry100. His very first post after finishing the book was to simply say wow. Now as any good bibliophile knows ‘wow’ isn’t a word to toss around lightly when it comes to a book. But when it comes to this one it is truly fitting.

There really aren’t words that can describe how good of a mystery this is. After reading it I can see why it made the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die List for this is one of Christie’s best. I’ve said it before….and will probably say it again….but Christie has a gift of the subtle twists and turns. One of the best ways to describe her mysteries can be found coming from the mouth of Dr James Shephard, a charcter in this particular book.

“You know,” I said, throwing down the pincers I was holding, “it’s extraordinarily intriguing, the whole thing. Every new development that arises is like the shake you give to a kaleidoscope – the thing changes entirely in aspect.”
I know that this is a short review but I don’t risk writing anything more and inadvertently spoiling the book. This was an amazing read, and if you read only one book by Agatha Christie then this one should be it. I think that this one is even better than And Then There Were None which has been a favorite of mine since I first read it over 15 years ago.

3 Responses to “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie”

  1. tapestry100

    Yay! I’m so happy you liked this. And I know what you mean about how hard it is to review one of these… I’m forever afraid I’m somehow going to spoil the ending!

  2. Grad

    I Love – I mean LOVE – this book. I’ve read it several times and I still am amazed at the way Christie tells the story and how she lures us in and then – ZAP. I was able to figure out the ending to Murder On The Orient Express, but not Roger Ackroyd. Did Christie write anything bad? If so, I haven’t found it.