Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)
Author: Agatha Christie
Release Date: February 1, 2011 (first published 1926)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Page Number: 286
Source: Book Club Pick
Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.
But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death.
4 out of 5 stars
The discovery of the body of Mr. Roger Ackroyd started it all. The police came in to investigate, and Ackroyd has a silver dagger sticking out of his neck. He was murdered in his home office. The major question, who would do such a thing to Mr. Ackroyd? Dr. Sheppard, the narrator of the book, is one of the men who goes into Ackroyd’s home office to investigate the corpse. He brought his friend, Hercule Poirot, to come and help him with the investigation. Poirot is a famous detective that is very good at what he does. Roger Ackroyd is loved by many, but strongly avoided by some. He lives in a nice home with many housemaids and butlers to wait on his every move, but all of the sudden he is murdered. Did one of the house maids or butlers have something against Mr. Ackroyd? Who killed the beloved man? What relations did Ackroyd have with people inside and outside of his home? Who is the murderer, and what was the motive of the murder?
It’s best to go into this book not knowing anything, so I’m going to leave it at that. There are wonderful clues and methods in this book, and I can understand why Agatha Christie is so well known. She has a beautiful writing style, and if you’ve never read one of her books, I highly suggest picking one up. I read this for book club, so I got to talk about the whole book with my friends. There are so many plot twists and so many moments where you think you know who killed Roger Ackroyd, but you end up being stumped. The beginning of this book is extremely slow, but oh man. The last couple chapters are totally worth it. Just read this book. Read it with a friend and discuss everything. Literally everything. It is so much fun to make theories and try and guess who-dunnit. I have found that I love Agatha Christie and plan on reading more of her books in the future.
Dr. Sheppard is kind of the main character, but he’s more of just the narrator. Caroline is Dr. Sheppard’s sister, and she was my favorite character from this book. She reminded me of Nancy Drew because Poirot gave her this little mission-esque things to do to try and solve the murder. Poirot was pretty cool, he was kind of old but I kept thinking of him being late twenties. But dang, he’s a smart guy. Props to you, Poirot.
Who Would I Be?:
100% choosing Caroline. I loved reading the parts with Caroline in them; she was very skeptical of people and questioned everything. I love that she knew what was going on the entire time and didn’t just sit back and watch things unfold. It’s crazy that this book was written in the 20s and I still enjoyed it just like I would any other book. Timeless writing is a beautiful thing.