*Book Review* The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd


By Agatha Christie

My father and I used to watch old detective / murder mysteries together all the time, it was one of my favourite past times. I have since lost my father but my love for old detective stories has not waned. I love to read but had never picked up a point novel as me and my father always watched the tv series, so it felt wrong to read one without him. But I couldn’t help myself when I saw this in a book store. I picked it up and I could not put it down until I had finished.

Set amidst a village of gossips, family drama and mystery abound, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd tells a unique and intriguing tale which keeps you guessing until the very end. As an aficionado of detective stories, I like to think I am good at guessing the end, but I must admit, this one had me second guessing myself every few minutes. Using all the wits of Hercule Poirot, some amazing use of literary devices and Christies wonderful way of bringing you into the story as a witness to the events; Christies tale of poor Mr Akroyd is a wonderful read.

I do not want to give a full summary of the book, as I think it would spoil it for all future readers. I avoided all reviews before reading it, as I wanted to immerse myself in Poirots world spoiler free. And I think I’ll help keep this story going by not summarising.

I will admit I think this is one of my new favourite stories and I cannot wait to open up my next read. My favourite character on the tv series, although I love Poirot has to be Captain Hastings, but sadly he was absent from this novel. I love how books can truly bring characters to life, in a way tv/film just cannot. I loved how Christie brought Poirot to life. I loved him in this novel, and as I said previously I cannot wait for my next one. Powering through from one twisty turn to another, second guessing yourself at every turn, and always knowing in the back of your mind that Poirot knows who the killer is, he is just waiting for that all dramatic, climatic ending where all is revealed. Every page is read with anticipation and excitement, and I could not bear to part with it until I completed. It was impossible to put down, and I read it in one night.

I think if anyone is considering a Christie and just isn’t sure, do it! Pick one up, borrow one. The tropes, storylines, narrative might have been used in other books, but no one quite holds the drama quite like Christie.

Overall, I cannot wait for my next Christie and this was an amazing start to a wonderful new adventure.

I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Definitely worth a read.


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