Monday, May 23, 2011

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

I have a problem with reviewing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. It seems to me that if I say any of the things I want to say, I will give away secrets. I don't want to spoil the mystery, but I want to say something.

I can tell you that the mystery is set in the village of King's Abbot, where Hercule Poirot has retired. Gardening proves an unsatisfactory substitute for detective work, and he is a little lonely. He misses his friend Hastings who has moved to Argentina almost as much as he misses employing his little gray cells to solve mysteries. Of course, a murder case rescues him from retirement. I will verify that Roger Ackroyd is the victim. To do otherwise would be throwing you a red herring. I'll let Christie throw those instead. But I can't remember there really being any in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Every little observation Poirot makes seems relavent in the end.

I will also say that The Murder of Roger Ackroyd may be the best of the Christie mysteries that I have read. (May be Murder on the Orient Express.) I look forward to discussing it at book group.

Christie, Agatha. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Black Dog & Leventhal, no date. ISBN 9781579126278.

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