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.