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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Poirot) (Hercule Poirot Series) [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
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Book Description

Agatha Christie’s most audacious crime mystery, reissued with a striking cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

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…



Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This novel, written in 1927, is considered the best and most successful of the early mysteries. It met with no small outrage when it appeared, as it uses a plot device many readers thought "unfair." There is a full complement of characters populating the cozy English village of King's Abbot: Major Blunt, Colonel Carter, Miss Gannett, the butler, the housekeeper, the narrator, Dr. Sheppard, and his know-it-all sister (the precursor of Miss Marple, according to Christie), and, of course, the redoubtable Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells. There are clues with a capital C to mislead us, and the listener gets so involved with these red herrings (or not) that the very simple truth eludes the puzzler. Venerable reader Robin Bailey keeps the light, almost comic tone alive, although his voices are not particularly differentiated, and often he rushes the reading of dialog. A classic of the genre and essential for any fiction collection. Harriet Edwards, East Meadow P.L., NY

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"A classic - the book has worthily earned its fame." Irish Independent

Product Details

  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425176517
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece ed edition (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046A9MRW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,777 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Christie Book January 12, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the most controversial mystery novel of the 20th century. It nearly got Agatha Christie kicked out of the Detection Club (an organization of writers who agreed to play fair). It put her on the map. It's her best work - ever.

The book is a first person account of a Hercule Poriot mystery, done by Doctor James Sheppard, a country doctor serving his community. He was there from almost the beginning, and his narrative provides a wonderful account of the murder of his friend, Rodger Ackroyd.

Rodger Ackroyd's female friend took her own life. She wrote a letter to him before she did so, naming the man who ruined her life - a blackmailer who knew she killed her first husband. Rodger read the letter to Dr. Sheppard, but wouldn't continue when he realized a blackmailer would be exposed because of it. Dr. Sheppard begged him to continue and get the name - to no avail.

Ackroyd didn't comply. James Sheppard left and went home, only to get a myserious phone call telling him Rodger had been murdered. Murdered he was - and the letter was missing!

Enter Sheppard's neighbor, Hercule Poriot. Dr. Sheppard plays Dr. Watson, following the sleuth around and recording what he finds. From a missing son to a married maid; from the theft of household money.

In the end, Poroit invites all the cast to a room where he talks about the case, and says he has a solution - which he will reveal to the police in 24 hours. The only way for an innocent man to be saved was for the real killer to confess one way or another... and even though Dr. Sheppard has all the facts of the case, he can't see how Poriot could put them all together into a surprising solution of the case.

In short, if you want a book that will shock you, read this one.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you've never read Christie before, begin here! January 10, 2000
By H. Lim
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first Christie I ever read - and it's a real masterpiece. The ending is pretty horrifying, but read the book again, and you'll wonder why you didn't notice various things - things the Murderer/Murderess (I'm not saying which it is!)said and did during the novel, that one didn't notice at the time. Extremely good stuff.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stunner May 27, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the Agatha Christie novel that had both her competitors and critics crying foul at the solution to the crime--but although the book has its weaknesses, the solution is not one of them. THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD remains one of the most startling novels in the entire murder mystery genre, and it should be very near the top of any murder mystery fan's reading list.
Told from the point of view of a village doctor, ACKROYD opens with a suspicious death--and this is followed by the murder of Ackroyd, a wealthy local who learns more about the suspicious death than it is wise to know, and whose death draws Hercule Poirot to investigate. This is not actually one of Christie's more smoothly written novels; most of the characters (excluding Caroline, the village gossip, who is a delight) seem more than a little flat, the narrative drags a bit here and there, and the plot is extremely tricksy... but the conclusion is a stunner, perhaps the single most famous plot twist of Christie's long and revered career. An absolute must read!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything but a predictable mystery novel!! October 13, 2003
By rita
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Christie is recognized throughout the world as being the "Queen of Crime". It is undoubtable that this holds true, especially in her ingeniously written, classic mystery novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. The story is told through the 1st person point of view, so the narrator, James Sheppard ( the local doctor ), is one of the main characters. He introduces all the characters in the small English town of King's Abbot, where the story is set: Mrs. Ferrars, Flora, Ralph Paton, Ursula Bourne, Hector Blunt, Colonel Carter, the formidable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and many more.
The story begins with the suicide of Mrs. Ferrars, which stirrs confusion; Rumors say that she poisoned her first husband, that someone was blackmailing her, and that she had a secret liaison with Roger Ackroyd. The mystery surrounding her death appalls everyone even more when Roger Ackroyd is brutally stabbed to death a few days later. Hercule Poirot, accompanied by Dr. Sheppard, set out to trace the tracks of a very sharp and devious killer.
I found it extremely captivating up to the very end, which I found was the best part of the novel. There are so many twists in the plot, red herrings, clues, and foreshadowing, yet the solution to the crime completely eludes the reader until told. All the characters and their different possible motives, which Agatha Christie carefully presents, are subject to questioning; therefore, at one point or another, I suspected almost everyone to have committed the murder.
What I loved most is that I was caught off-guard many times while reading. I have a vague idea in my head and then when I turn the next page, I'm proved wrong.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but BE CAREFUL... May 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a wonderful book--one of Agatha Christie's best, and justifiably famous. This was one of the last Christie mysteries I read, and I was mortified to find that I figured out who the murderer was early on. Because of all the hype surrounding this book and its...well, unique elements (I don't want to give anything away), I found the book somewhat spoiled for me. If you haven't read this book, I urge you NOT to read any reviews of it, because they do inadvertantly spoil it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for 1926, boring for 2014
The book is well written, yet I thought the plot was weak. I could tell who the murder was after the 3rd chapter. I had hoped I was wrong. It was just too predictable for 2014. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Blaine Butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read. Great for currling up with a blanket and hot cocoa
Published 3 days ago by Paul Coffaro
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A Classic who dunnit .
Published 5 days ago by carl marks
4.0 out of 5 stars A good Hercule Poirot mystery
A good Hercule Poirot mystery. Hastings is not in this one, the doctor narrates the story. With the more modern and sophisticated crime mysteries these days it wasn't too hard... Read more
Published 10 days ago by L. Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for Christie fans
Even though I already knew "Who done it", this book is so well-written that it didn't even hamper my enjoyment. Agatha Christie at her best.
Published 16 days ago by D. D. Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars In still waters run deep.
It's amazing! The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, without doubt can be attributed to the masterpieces of Agatha Christie. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Griffin Garcon
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read with a great ending
An excellent read with a great ending! Kept me guessing right up until the end. PS--no cheating and reading the end first!
Published 27 days ago by Anne M. Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I thoroughly enjoyed the book
Published 1 month ago by Glenn E Brennen
2.0 out of 5 stars Is this really good writing?
Writes like a movie script. Would not read an Agatha Christie again, although might see the movies made of her books.
Published 1 month ago by Jean E. Canavan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book!
Published 1 month ago by Wildcare
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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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