The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (1926)

Ackroyd was sitting as I had left him in the armchair before the fire.His head had fallen sideways,and clearly visible, just below the collar of his coat, was a shining piece of twisted metalwork. Parker and I advanced till we stood over the recumbent figure. I heard the butler draw in his breath with a sharp hiss. ‘Stabbed from be’ind,’ he murmured.‘’Orrible!’ He wiped his moist brow with his handkerchief, then stretched out a gingerly hand towards the hilt of the dagger.

There is not a lot that I can say that hasn’t already been said regarding The Murder of Roger Ackroyd so I will keep this short. When I was fourteen, I was gifted a paperback copy that was missing it’s cover and very dog-eared. It was my first Agatha Christie and I devoured it. In my estimation it is Christie’s best and remains my favorite to this day. The first time you read it is all about the discovery of an exquisitely plotted ingenious mystery. For the second reading, and the many that follow, it’s all about picking out all of the things that you missed in each prior read. Following the clues along with Poirot is such fun, even though you know exactly what is going to happen.

There are so many things I find enjoyable in TMoRA, and things that make me keep coming back. The pacing is quick and the chapters relatively short. The narrative flows along, allowing the reader to sail through in a short time. One might think of this as a downside, but Christie does a marvelous job at doling out information, keeping the reader totally engaged. The dialogue is an intelligent mix of serious conversation with witty banter. And, no matter how many times I read this, the ending, while no longer a surprise, is amazing!

In a word, it is quite simply sublime.

Oh…and just so you all are aware…Pushkin Press is releasing a new deluxe edition on October 25th…hence this most recent reread via NetGalley.

2 thoughts on “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (1926)

  1. I’d be interested to know what will be “deluxe” about Pushkin Press’ edition, since when I first bought this at the age of mumble mumble, my Pocket Books copy was used and had pen marks on it. Maybe it’s time to spruce up my collection!!

    Isn’t it funny how everyone thinks their first Christie is the best Christie. There is no arguing that you lucked out with one of the classics; so did I (And Then There Were None), but some people started out with Elephants Can Remember!!! If we could poll everyone . . . but then that feels a little bit like The Sorting Hat. Who got into the “best” Christie?!?

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    1. And now we are engaged in that eternal battle…Ackroyd or ATTWN…there can be only one! 🤣🤣🤣.

      And I really don’t think a poll would be a good idea. What if someone voted for something like The Man in the Brown Suit…THE HORROR 🤪


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