Published: March 17, 2009 (First published June 1926)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Considered to be one of Agatha Christie’s most controversial mysteries, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd breaks all the rules of traditional mystery writing.
The peaceful English village of King’s Abbot is stunned. First, the attractive widow Ferrars dies from an overdose of veronal. Not twenty-four hours later, Roger Ackroyd—the man she had planned to marry—is murdered. It is a baffling, complex case involving blackmail, suicide, and violent death, a cast that taxes Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” before he reaches one of the most startling conclusions of his fabled career.
I read this book with low expectations, since I concluded long ago that Agatha Christie is a hit and miss author for me. But I was taken aback by the plot twist of this book.
The story started like any other Agatha Christie novel where a murder happened, and they seek the help of Poirot. I could not say that I am enjoying the story as it revolves around blackmailing, and nothing special holds my interest in the whole story. It was a bit slow for my taste, and add to the fact that I have a short-attention-span, I am not into it.
Moreover, I am already anticipating the misdirect were they would introduce a different suspect from the real murderer. But I did not see the plot twist coming. The big reveal caught me off guard. I have never imagined that Agatha Christie would pull such a trick. It was brilliant and unexpected. But somehow, I still hold back to giving this book a 4-Moon rating since the beginning of the story was boring. Also, the ending was different from other Poirot novels.
All in all, it was a good and fascinating read. I recommend that you pick this book up and just read it. You will be in for a ride. Highly recommend if you are planning to pick up an Agatha Christie novel.
That is all for this review. Until next time!