Updated: September 26, 2022: Seriously this is just the best whodunit. The ending is always a smack to the face because you don’t see it coming. I am always shocked no one thinks of this one as the best Hercule Poirot out there. I see most people focusing on Murder on the Orient Express, which is definitely really good, but it was this one that had me going what in the world while reading. I also loved going back to re-read parts of this book after the reveal because you can then piece things together. This one also comes with a handy dandy map that shows the layout of Roger Ackroyd’s house and you are left wondering how the man was murdered in a locked room. I also loved Dr. James Sheppard because he is the audience’s stand-in and does a good a job as Captain Hastings did in going around with Poirot to investigate people who could be behind Roger Ackroyd’s murder.
Updated: December 2019.
This book still is for me the best murder mystery I have read. Christie totally deserves all of the accolades she got for this book. I loved every minute of it and the set-up. I still gasped when we have our Poirot deducing who killed Roger Ackroyd.
I started reading Agatha Christie about a year or so ago. I had only read three of her Miss Marple novels and this was my first Hercule Poirot novel.
I was once again pleasantly surprised and thrilled to find that I found another new detective that I will happily enjoy.
The novel is narrated by Dr. James Sheppard who ends up assisting Hercule Poirot in his investigation of the murder of Roger Ackroyd.
A widow named Mrs. Ferrars is found dead of what is believed to be an accident. Mrs. Ferrars was seeing Roger Ackroyd who all of the village believed was on the cusp of proposing to her.
After her death, Roger Ackroyd comes forward stating that Mrs. Ferrars admitted killing her husband and that she committed suicide. After his revelation Roger Ackroyd is found murdered in his locked study.
The mystery novel includes so many suspects that you will find yourself second guessing everyone. Agatha Christie writes so well that you have no idea that all along she is slipping you clues until the very end.
I can actually say that when you get to who murdered Roger Ackroyd it will surprise and stun you.
As soon as I finished this novel I went right back and read it all over again to see if I could catch the clues that Poriot points to after his unmasking of the murder.
Would definitely recommend reading this and all of Agatha Christie’s novels!