2008: 135. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

“Mrs. Ferrars died on the night of the 16th-17th September - a Thursday.”

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie

I know I’ve been (re)reading a ton of mysteries lately, but I keep picking up really good, classic Christie, and so when I finish one, I grab another (plus, my Agatha Christie project makes me feel like I am re-reading with a purpose, not just goofing around.  Dumb, but true!).  Anyway, this is quite possibly her most clever mystery, though (without spoiling anything) you can only really appreciate it the first time you read it - this is not one where you could forget whodunnit...

It is a classic locked room murder - a local man is found dead in his home, and Poirot, who is in one of his “give up the life of crime and retire to the country” phases, is called in to solve the crime (there are some cute bits at the beginning where the locals think he is a hairdresser or something of that sort before learning he is THE Hercule Poirot).  And I can’t really say more, because the solution is what makes the book work, but if you haven’t read it, it’s a pretty good one.  It would be a good place to start with Christie, too, I think.


Date/Place Completed: 9/10/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-read, Agatha Christie Project

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