The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
I have been a big fan of Agatha Christie ever since I read my first book long back during my school days. Those were days when I read due to my caring teacher’s compulsion rather than interest. It’s been only a year now since I fell in love with reading again but Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie still remains as one of my favourites, her flawless plots with well-developed characters, extraordinary storytelling skills who breaks almost all conventions of those times and yet gets away easily shows the brilliance of the writer in her succeeds in keeping the readers hooked into the plot right from the beginning.
This book The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie is one among the three books voted as “World’s Favourite Christie, suspected” and as always Christie won’t let down her readers this time too. The plot starts off with the suicide of Mrs. Ferrars who is alleged to have an affair with Mr. Roger Ackroyd after her husband’s death which suspected to be a murder committed by her. Mr. Roger Ackroyd, a widower who later adopted his wife’s not very successful son Captain Ralph Paton. Later one evening Mr. Ackroyd during a dinner at home reveals about a blackmailer of Mrs. Ferrars to his friend Dr. Sheppard. But Dr. Sheppard had to leave without being answered who the blackmailer as Mr. Ackroyd didn’t say even after being repeatedly insisted. That night Dr. Sheppard receives a call informing him that Mr. Ackroyd has been found dead in his room.
From here I and the famous Hercule Poirot conducts what I would call a parallel investigation, in this case, to find who murdered Mr. Ackroyd. We solved few mysteries which made us suspect that the real murderer has desperately tried to point shreds of evidence against Ackroyd's adopted son Captain Ralph Paton. As each hurdle got cleared this fact became more and more obvious with each step we took. Now about the murderer… Nope, I wouldn’t spoil that thrill of you solving it. Read to find out.
Overall, I loved the elaborate plot, the well-developed authentic characters, as always each and every mystery and how Poirot cracks them. Doubt not one of the best works of The Queen of Mysteries. Must read. Highly Recommended.