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.”