Friday, June 13, 2008
Review: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Book CoverBy Agatha Christie. ISBN 0-425-20047-7. One of the author's most acclaimed mysteries, it proves if anything to be a victim of its own success. The less aware readers are of the hype, the more likely they will be surprised. Though Murder on the Orient Express is more famous, it was the solution to this mystery that most brazenly defied the rules of the genre. Those who go into this story with an intimate knowledge of Christie's writing style and this fact in mind will be able to piece together the solution. Unfortunately, that fact is the novel's biggest selling point. Still, it is a marvel to read. Right from the introduction of the unlikable narrator and his domineering sister, Christie pulls off a hell of a juggling act. I tested my (correct) hypothesis at every turn, and I never once caught her cheating. Novelty aside, this stands apart as one of the great Hercule Poirot mysteries.

Adam Lenhardt is a print journalist from Albany, NY. He currently reviews films from Boston.
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