The murder of Roger Ackroyd


“It not easy to hide things from Hercule Poirot”

A murder took place in the little town of King’s Abbott. Nobody can solve this murder. Nobody, except Hercule Poirot.

A general practitioner, whose name is James Sheppard, lives together with his sister in this little place called King’s Abbott. One day, Mrs. Ferrars’ dead body is found; she committed suicide after being blackmailed. She sent a letter to her lover, Roger Ackroyd, before her death telling him who was the one blackmailing her. That evening, James goes to have dinner at Roger Ackroyd’s house to talk with him about the blackmailer of Mrs. Ferrars. Just when he gets home, an anonymous caller tells him that Roger Ackroyd has been murdered.

The niece of Roger Ackroyd wants to find out who is the murderer of her uncle. She happens to know that Hercule Poirot, who is a retired detective, lives in the neighbourhood. As Hercule Poirot is known for his detective skills and has always solved his assignments, she asks him to help her with this case. Together with Hercule Poirot, James tries to solve the mystery of the murder. 

Hercule Poirot and James Sheppard interrogate the whole household of Roger Ackroyd. This is not an easy task, because a lot of people don’t have an alibi and everybody has his or her own secret. Finally though, as usual, Hercule Poirot discovers the truth. And as usual, the murderer is not the one you thought it would be… 

The story is written from the perspective of the main character, James Sheppard. He helps the detective Hercule Poirot, who is a funny and self-confident person. What is remarkable about Mr. Poirot is that he thinks in a very different way than everybody else. Besides the big picture, he also looks at the small details that suddenly change the whole story.

“It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting.”

Agatha Christie’s detective books are known for their excitement and suspense. The good thing about her books, is that the murderer always is the one you expect the least. All the hints are present in the story, so that the reader is able to know who is the murderer. But every time, it seems to be almost impossible to find out and the end shocks everybody!

The story in The murder of Roger Ackroyd is, like all her other ones, exciting, it gives you food for thought and the clue is totally unexpected. People say that this book, published in 1926, has influenced most detective writers, specifically thanks to its unimaginable end.

This book is a must-read for all detective lovers. It is a real page-turner; you won’t stop reading. And even for the people who don’t like detectives, this book might change your mind!


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