A good friend recommended The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd, and though it’s been in publication for almost 100 years, I’ve never read it. In fact, I’ve never read a single Agatha Christie book.
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’m often not a fan of mysteries because I feel that they usually don’t lay the serious groundwork needed to provide the reader with actual clues, but Christie more than satisfied me in that regard. She gave all of the characters a possible motive for the murder, and had them all in the vicinity of the murder near the time of death. Her details were quite meticulous. Furthermore, finding the answer to the mystery was quite possible.
On that note, I also appreciated that Christie wrote quite a bit of this book using dialogue. She provided only the most necessary of description, which made for a very quick read. Many of her clues were revealed through characters talking to one another, which proved a pleasant experience.
My only complaint is that the detective, Hercule Poirot, seemed to be an almost secondary character. Because he was not the narrator, we only got to know Poirot in a limited way. This was necessary due to the structure and narrative style of the book, but I’m curious to know if all of Poirot’s books feature someone else as the narrator.
I’ll find out soon enough! I am absolutely excited to read more Agatha Christie. She writes my kind of mystery books.
Agatha Christie is a super mystery writer, in my opinion! I have read every single one of Christie’s mysteries, and I loved all of them. No, none of her mysteries has the sleuth as narrator (Poirot, Marple). That’s probably because when Christie was writing, using 1st person narration was not common. Today’s books often use 1st person narration, and you are young enough to be more familiar with it. For your next book, try “And Then There Were None.” 🙂
Sounds good, Jane! I’ll add it to my list!