Rightly called the ‘Queen of Crime’, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, or Agatha Christie, is the author of 66 detective novels and 14 collections of short stories. The book ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ comes third in the series of the Hercule Poirot series written by her. Hercule Poirot is the fictional character playing a lead detective in many of her works, including the very famous ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, which was later adapted into a movie.
The book came to me as a present from a friend and reading it has been one of the best parts of my holiday. ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ has been chosen as the third best in ‘The World’s Favourite Christie Global Vote’ which had over 15,000 fans taking part from around 100 countries across the globe, after ‘And then there were none’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Christie is considered to be one of the bestselling novelists of all time, outsold only by The Bible and Shakespeare.
The book is set in the fictional village of King’s Abbott and proceeds on a line similar to that of the classical Sherlock Holmes mysteries with Dr. Sheppard playing the narrator. The entire plot revolves around solving the mystery behind the murder of a wealthy man in the village, Roger Ackroyd, as the title well suggests. It all starts with the suicide of a Mrs. Ferrars, which pains her fiancé, Roger Ackroyd. But alas! Before he can avenge the first incident, he is found stabbed in his study one night. Poirot enters the case and the story goes on to find many revelations and plot twists.
Like most mystery novels, this book is a true page-turner and gets your curiosity rising as the end nears. In the course of reading, you will constantly keep speculating who might be the criminal, but that is where the skill of the author comes into play. Talking more will be as worse as revealing the twist, so let’s stop here and start reading the book to know more!