I have a confession. Until very recently, I had never read a book by Agatha Christie. I don’t know why. I never seemed to get around to her. After reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, I’m kicking myself for not reading her before. Let me say, I’m now a fan. A huge fan. Apparently I’m not alone. Not only have her works been translated into 103 languages, her novels have sold approximately four billion copies. How one of these copies didn’t land on my shelf earlier is a mystery.
The story isn’t that complicated. Roger Ackroyd knows too much. Someone in town has been blackmailing Mrs. Ferrars. After her death, Roger receives a letter she sent to him prior to her committing suicide naming her blackmailer. Why was Mrs. Ferrars being blackmailed? Because she killed her husband and got away with it. Well not completely since the blackmailer knew the truth.
Roger’s niece Flora asks the famed detective, Hercule Poirot, to solve the murder. Poirot had recently retired to the village. I mentioned that the story isn’t complicated. What I mean is, it appears that the murder of Roger Ackroyd, Mrs. Ferrars’s death, and the identity of the blackmailer are all tied together. If you solve one piece of the puzzle the rest will fall in line. Not complicated right? Now, add the list of suspects and that’s when things start to get interesting. It seems that everyone who was in the house the night of Roger’s murder has something to hide. Not even the parlourmaid is free from suspicion.
This cast of suspects makes for some fun plot twists. Each time I thought I figured out the mystery, Christie threw me another curveball. And I will admit that I was completely surprised by the ending. I didn’t see that one coming at all. Those who have read the book know what I’m talking about. Those who have not read the book, you should! This is a classic mystery that is a rollercoaster of a read. I couldn’t book the book down. Now I want to pick up all the rest of her works.
I read this book for R. I. P. and it’s on my 1001 list of books you must read before you die.