Author: Agatha Christie.
Publisher: Harper Collins.
I have to admit, Agatha Christie got me in this one. I didn’t see the end coming. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) has one of the best plot twists ever written.
This classic murder mystery is set in an idyllic English countryside. But what is broiling underneath is far from paradise. Murder, suicide and blackmail fill the house at Fernly Park. At the beginning of the novel Mrs. Ferrars, the soon to be wife of Roger Ackroyd, commits suicide. 24 hours later, Mr Ackroyd himself is murdered. Dr. Sheppard must discover the identity of the murderer with the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who comes out of retirement for one last case.
The set up was brilliantly done. As with all of Christie’s novels, the pieces of the puzzle were interwoven together, and the murderer seemed to be almost impossible to discover. Every character seemed to have a reason for murdering Roger, from inheritance to revenge. But everyone had an alibi, owing to Christie’s tightly written narrative. The big reveal is truly shocking!
The plot itself is entertaining and full of intrigue. It’s one of Christie’s absolute best.