by Agatha Christie

  • I read it between Jan 5 & 9, 2018
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

I wish I’d written this ...

... because what a twist!

My expectation upon delving into THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD was that it'd be like a game of Cluedo. I was right. Wow, though, what a game! A terrifically well-written "whodunnit," it turned me into a Christie fan by the end of the first chapter, and my previous disinterest in Hercule Poirot has been supplanted by a desire to read his every case. He's a wonderful character! This particular novel is often listed as Christie's best. It has a superb twist that I imagine was a real shocker back when the book was first published. I can well understand why she's so highly regarded and, on the basis of this marvellous story, I'll certainly be reading more of her work. I'm interested to see how formulaic it is and for how long the formula can hold my attention. Also, damn, I want that formula!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The first paragraph

From the publisher

Agatha Christie’s most daring crime mystery — an early and particularly brilliant outing of Hercule Poirot, THE MURDER OF ROGER ACKROYD, with its legendary twist, changed the detective fiction genre for ever.

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 ...

From the novel:

About Mark Hodder

Mark Hodder is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel THE STRANGE AFFAIR OF SPRING HEELED JACK and its sequels, and of the first officially sanctioned Sexton Blake novel to have been published in nearly half a century (he created and maintains BLAKIANA: The Sexton Blake Resource). He also writes short stories, flash fiction and vignettes. Find out more on his Patreon page. Mark was born in the UK but currently lives in Valencia, Spain, with his partner and two children.