Well, it’s official. And Then There Were None is no longer my favorite Agatha Christie book.
I challenged myself this year to read all of the Hercule Poirot series, starting from the first book, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was one my friends hyped up for me so much that I had been looking forward to reading it for a while. And it did NOT disappoint!
(Also… yes, I read this in January but I didn’t post the review until now. Like I said, I need to get my life together.)
About the Book
Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: classics, mystery/detective fiction, thriller
Rating: 5/5 stars
First, the widowed Mrs. Ferrars dies of a Veronal overdose. The next day, the eponymous Roger Ackroyd, whom Ferrars had planned to marry, is found stabbed to death in his office.
Though these unsavory events baffle the small town of King’s Abbot, Hercule Poirot is on the case, and he never leaves a crime unsolved.
But this case is perplexing, even for him, and nothing seems to add up.
“An opened window…. A locked door. A chair that apparently moved itself. To all three I say ‘Why?’ and I find no answer.”
I almost didn’t want to write this review for fear of somehow accidentally spoiling it. Thus, I’m not going to elaborate any further about the plot. And please, please, please never spoil this book for yourself. I’m serious. Don’t look up anything about it!
The first good thing about this installment of the Poirot series is that Hastings– the world’s most annoying narrator– is away in Argentina for all of it. That definitely improved the reading experience for me. (I’m a Hastings hater)
The second good thing is the characterization. Like most of Christie’s books, we’re introduced to an entirely fresh cast of
red herrings characters with their own personality quirks and shady behavior.
The most obvious good thing about this book, however, was the PLOT. The mystery was incredible! I’ll admit, the beginning of the book was a bit slow, and it is pretty long, but it was 100% worth it.
I ended up staying up until 2 AM finishing the end after reading nonstop all afternoon, and when I finished I immediately spam-texted my friends because it was amazing. Amazing! I will never stop being impressed by all of the clues hidden in plain sight.
One of the things I don’t like about Agatha Christie novels is the withholding of information until the last chapter and the sometimes awfully stretched plot solutions, but The Murder of Roger Ackroyd had none of these pitfalls.
Okay, it really is difficult to review this book without spoilers (the struggle of reviewing mystery books) so this will have to suffice as my review. Just go read the book!
I would recommend this book to anyone who’s in the mood for a good old-fashioned cozy mystery with a great plot.