Did you know that this is the considered the best mystery novel ever written? Here’s the thing—now that I’ve read it, I definitely understand why. I’ve heard it described as a cozy mystery and a classic mystery, and no matter how you frame it, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is completely fabulous. Oh, and it was first published in 1926. That makes this book older than any of my grandparents. It holds up, though, and I just loved it.
The story begins with the death of wealthy widow, Mrs. Ferrars. In the village of King’s Abbot, all anyone can talk about is that she was going to marry a nearby widower named Roger Ackroyd, and what this death is going to do to him. He is completely distraught and decides he has to talk to someone, so he invites the narrator, Dr. James Sheppard, to his estate for dinner one night. They converse in Ackroyd’s private study, but Ackroyd still appears to be hiding something. Dr. Sheppard goes home and assumes it is going to be just like any other night until the phone rings at 10 pm, alerting Sheppard that Ackroyd’s butler has just found him dead in his study. Ackroyd’s niece, Flora, coaxes renowned detective Hercule Poirot out of retirement to solve the case. And on, solve it he does.
Agatha Christie is a genius. Until Poirot revealed who the murderer was, I literally thought it could be anyone. How wonderful is that? It’s the first time since I read Gone Girl that I was completely surprised by a book. And I just loved it. I loved how quirky
Poirot is. I loved how suspicious every single person is made out to be, and how they each try to explain it away, and how all of that keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved that there was no gore, no violence. It’s the perfect snowy winter day’s mystery. I’d read it again in a heartbeat (and I actually want to, so I can see what clues I may have missed!).
I don’t want to give too much more away (I don’t have a thing to complain about with this one, which is super rare for me), so I suggest you read it, stat! If you’re a fan of either Scooby Doo or Sherlock Holmes, you’ll love this one. Trust me!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is available where books are sold in many different editions published throughout the years.