Book Review

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
Pages: 288
Genre: Mystery | Crime | Fiction
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Published Date: First Published June 1926
Format: Paperback

Buy the book here: Amazon UK

Hello everyone, It’s Friyay!!!! I created a little reading corner the other day in my flat. What I mean by that is I’ve thrown a beanbag, some cushions and some blankets into the corner and stayed there until I finished this book. It definitely worked because it is so cosy and warm. I suggest that everyone does this! You can head over to my Twitter to see my amazing photo of it and see what else I get up to. Anyway on with the review!

Goodreads Synopsis

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. 

My Review

What I liked

“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is possibly one of the most well-known Agatha Christie mysteries and I can say that I was not disappointed! The plot is written amazingly but sometimes frustrating when you are about to discover a key bit of information and then it is withheld from the reader. I love this though! It really made me want to turn to the next page, hoping we would be given some information soon!

The Story

“It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.”

After the body of Mrs Ferrars has been discovered, rumours of her committing suicide, murdering her husband and having a secret relationship with Mr Ackroyd travel around King’s Abbot extremely quickly. And this is only the very beginning!

I was immediately hooked and had to carry on reading to find out what all this meant to the story and already I was trying to tie things together. It’s extremely clever and sometimes frustrating when all you want to do is desperately find out who it is!

Then, Roger Ackroyd is killed around 10pm and my mind was going a mile a minute trying to piece everything together. All the mismatched information we had been given, didn’t seem to give any definitive answers and makes you think it could be anyone! But! About 3/4 through the book there is something that really stood out to me and it kind of helped me figure it out.

Although I didn’t get that initial shock when everything is revealed, I can’t fault how it is disclosed. I can guarantee that you won’t figure out who did it! My brain just likes to try and spoil everything for me because it can’t handle not knowing haha!

The Characters

“You should employ your little grey cells”

I think we definitely have to start with Poirot. He is incredibly smart, witty and a retired Belgian man who gets roped back into the world of murder and mystery by Roger Ackroyd’s niece Flora Ackroyd. It’s very exciting and interesting to see him work and uncovering clues, secrets and the mystery as a whole! I can’t wait to read more of Christie’s Hercule Poirot books!

The book is narrated from the point of view of Dr Sheppard, an old friend of Roger Ackroyd. Dr Sheppard is one of the last people to see Ackroyd alive and after a mysterious phone call, it is confirmed that he has in fact died or well murdered.

It’s ridiculous how suspicious everyone in the Fernly Park house is. I was continuously jumping from one character to the other on who it could be. They also all had such interesting storylines that I didn’t see coming. It was very easy to keep track of all the characters and I loved how we found out quite a bit of information about them all. Although a lot of information is thrown at you, it’s easy to follow the story so you can really enjoy it.

Overall Thoughts

“It is completely unimportant,” said Poirot. “That is why it is so interesting,” he added softly.”

Overall, this is an amazing crime fiction novel and I’m so excited to read more of Agatha Christie. I can see why this book is on the list for 1001 books you must read before you die, it is very cleverly written, with plenty of twists to keep you from figuring out who the actual murder is. You won’t be disappointed, so I highly recommend you pick up this book. I can see why a lot of people re-read her books, especially this one and I will definitely be reading it again in the future.

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Buy the book here: Amazon UK

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22 January 2021 at 8:45 pm

I am a big Agatha Christie fan so I loved reading your thoughts on one of her best plots. 🙂

26 January 2021 at 3:15 pm

This is ( so far) my favorite Christie novel. I actually figured out who-dun-it if you will when I read it. I don’t normally, so it was still exciting for me!


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