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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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This was my first real mystery book and I read it only for a school project. I had assumed it would be a real chore to read but I loved it. The beginning was really boring but after awhile I got really into it. When the ending came I had no idea, no idea. I had assumed ...
This was my first real mystery book and I read it only for a school project. I had assumed it would be a real chore to read but I loved it. The beginning was really boring but after awhile I got really into it. When the ending came I had no idea, no idea. I had assumed the killer would be fairly obvious and I had my theory but the conclusion really caught me by surprise. The ending really made the story. And I'd definitely read it again even without the urging of a teacher.

posted by Anonymous on July 14, 2005

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good read,but don't buy this one

Great book.That's why this version is so insulting,they chopped out the drawing the author intended.

posted by Anonymous on April 20, 2011

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    Surprising Ending!

    Hercule Poirot appears in this classic author's story. In the village of King's Abbot, a wealthy man, Roger Ackroyd, is stabbed to death. The protagonist, Dr. James Sheppard and Poirot try to find out who did it. The suspects are James' sister Caroline, Ackroyd's servants Parker, Miss Russell, and Ursula Bourne, his secretary Geoffrey Raymond, Ackroyd's sister in law Cecil, her daughter Flora, and Ralph Paton, who mysteriously disappears. Of course, it has an ending that you won't expect. If you want to find out about it, then read the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Dated, predictable

    Among Agatha Christie's novels, this is, despite popular opinion (and the publishers' marketing strategy) not one of the better examples. What was in the 1920's doubtless a shocking conclusion is today not only cliched and lacking in effect, but predictable from fairly early on in the novel (provided, that is, the reader is paying close enough attention). The view of Poirot from the vantage point of an English observer provides a bit of humor, but the plot hardly DEPICTS in a sufficiently clever fashion Poirot's gradual discovery of the murderer's identity. This is, alas, one of Christie's novels in which an enormous chaos resolves itself, finally, into an unequivocal solution. Logical progression is hardly to be found. Whatever Dorothy Sayers may have thought, or any other prominent writer for that matter, this novel is merely, as Graham Greene would say, a mere 'entertainment.' It does not stand abreast with Christie's better and very atmospheric, if also melodramatic, accomplishments, as for example 'The Hollow,' 'The Pale Horse,' 'The Secret of Chimneys,' and even 'The Man in the Brown Suit.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    not great, but okay

    I gave this book three stars because the middle of the book was boring. The beginning was okay, the middle was terrible, and the conclusion was the best ending ever. If it wasn't for the ending this book would get two stars.

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