The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Hardback
Part of the Poirot series
A facsimile first edition hardback of the 1926 Poirot book, published to mark the 80th anniversary of its publication, the very first Agatha Christie published by Collins.
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.
Now, 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 the letter, he was stabbed to death...To mark the 80th anniversary of Hercule Poirot's first appearance, and to celebrate his renewed fortunes as a primetime television star, this first book in a collection of facsimile first editions is the perfect way to experience Agatha Christie.
Reproducing the original typesetting and format of the first edition from the Christie family's own archive, this book sports the original cover which has been painstakingly restored to its original glory.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 04/09/2006
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780007234370
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Review by kalypso219
The best of all of her books that I have read so far. A very quick read. I could hardly put it down. A very clever, surprising ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this one from start to finish.
Review by riverwillow
If you only ever read one book by Agatha Christie read this one. It is rightly considered her masterpiece as she subverts the genre without comprising the narrative.
Review by smik
There are some interesting themes in this novel. * King's Abbot is peaceful little village but under that tranquil surface there are some very nasty secrets indeed.This idea of seething disharmony and nasty things hidden in village life is a theme that reoccurs in the Miss Marple novels and more recently in Midsomer, a dangerous place to visit in Festivals. * There's a lot in this novel about marital troubles. The original Mrs Ackroyd turned out to be a dipsomaniac who died four years after her marriage. Roger Paton is not a particularly nice person, not a good catch for the lovely Flora. In the "real" background this is 1926, the year that Chrisie's own marriage collapsed, with her husband announcing that he loved another, and at the end of the year her own famous "disappearing act" occurred. * Christie was obviously still searching for an acceptable protagonist for her novels. Hercule Poirot had made his first appearance in THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES in 1920, and then again in THE MURDER ON THE LINKS. When THE MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT appeared in 1924 reviewers had apparently questioned why Hercule Poirot had been retired. From now on he would make almost annual or at least biennial appearances. But Poirot is not a country person. * There's a problem with Poirot coming out of his retirement. Captain Hastings who was the narrator in the first two Poirot appearances, and Watson to Poirot's Holmes, has inconsiderately gone off to the Argentine. Christie who obviously felt Poirot needed a foil, and a narrator, decides to use the local doctor as his apparent confidante and we read the action in Dr. Sheppard's words. In fact Sheppard, while, like Hastings is still not entirely au fait with what Poirot is thinking, turns out to be an unreliable narrator, so the reader is to an extent deceived. * Christie is also at this stage developing a panorama of background characters. There's mention for example of Inspector Japp of Scotland Yard, and of the local Sussex coroner Colonel Melrose.Some people have said that THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD is Christie's best novel. The Wikipedia entry says : It is one of Christie's best known and most controversial novels, its innovative twist ending having a significant impact on the genre.In fact I didn't find it all that easy to read. It seemed chock full of information and facts, as if Christie was trying to pour everything into my brain, to see if I could sift the chaff from the wheat, and come up with the answer. For me also the novel is an illustration of my conviction that she doesn't always play fair with the reader.
Review by Litfan
This would be a good starting place for someone unfamiliar with Christie's works. It is one of the Hercule Poirot detective stories; I hadn't read any of them before and therefore can say that it doesn't seem to have a negative effect reading this one out of sequence. (It did make me want to read more of the series though!) The story is set in a small English village where gossip is the favored pasttime and nothing much of significance ever really happens; however, the village inhabitants are stunned when two mysteries unfold at once: one involving blackmail and a suicide, and the other involving murder. Hercule Poirot, who has just moved to the village to retire, is irresistibly pulled into the intrigue and starts to investigate. He is aided by the village doctor, Dr. Sheppard, who narrates the tale. It's been a long time since I was completely absorbed in a mystery, and this delivered that deliciously maddening desire to have to know- right now-- who done it? It's difficult to put it down once started, and the ending was nothing short of nail-biting shock. Christie is a master at keeping the reader guessing and then delivering an emotionally stunning wrap-up of her tale. This one kept me on the edge of my seat, and I can't wait to read more of her novels.
Review by bcquinnsmom
One of my favorite Christie books, not so much for Poirot's detection skills, but for its classic ending. This time around was my second reading of this book, and knowing the ending, it was still fun watching the solution to this rather baffling crime unravel. Because of the nature of the story, I can't really give an in-depth summary here. If you decide to read this book, believe me, you'll thank me later. In the quiet English village of King's Abbot, Roger Ackroyd, as the title suggests, ends up murdered in the study of his home Fernly Park. As it just so happens, Poirot is in the village, staying in the house next door to Dr. Sheppard (the narrator) and his sister Caroline, where he spends his days growing vegetable marrows. Dr. Sheppard believes his new neighbor is a hairdresser, based on the evidence of Poirot's moustache. But Poirot reveals his true colors as he gets down to the business of Ackroyd's murder, using his "little gray cells" to comb through the staggering amount of red herrings and a number of suspects in the case. There are also a number of humorous moments throughout. An entire chapter is devoted to a rather crazy mah-jong game where the players share their own theories about the case in between calling out plays. And at one point, one of the suspects calls Poirot a "little foreign cock duck," and I swear I heard the voice of John Cleese in my head, as the epithet reminded me of that scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the French knights mercilessly taunt King Arthur and his men ("your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries"). But on the serious side, I have to say that this second reading provided me with a deeper appreciation for Christie's attention to minute detail -- as even little things turn out to be important in this book.The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Christie's best works, with an ending you won't soon forget. It's a definite must read in the Christie canon and one of my personal favorites.
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