Asian Writers

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Agatha Christie - The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd

This book featured in multiple lists in one of the top ten best mystery books ever written.
although I don't trust these listomanias much, this time i was not disappointed.

I liked it. The murderer was indeed a surprise.even if the ending was kind of tacky/bizarre.

The setting of the story is a small village where our detective Mr. Poirot is staying anonymously to get a reprieve from all the excitement and murder mysteries that he has had to solve. And as luck would have it, bang in the middle of his recluse, there is a murder and he is requested to solve it.

As usual everyone is a suspect, with a shady secret that they are trying to hide and Mr Poirot goes about mysteriously digging up clues, asking questions and revealing nothing till the very end of the book.

Its a good mystery and like I mentioned earlier the murderer comes as a surprise, his motive etched out clearly. However, the ending was unsatisfying and Poirot's subtle suggestion that the murderer end his own life to save embarrassment of near and dear ones seems a little over the top and well...unethical. What was wrong in handing the murderer to the police? Even with a sudden/accidental death questions would be asked and in the context everyone would have been able to put two and two together.  I think that Agatha Christie after shocking the readers by revealing the true murderer wanted to go a step further by suggesting this bizarre ending. It was a anticlimax.

Even though Poirot keeps all the cards close to his heart till the very end, which is kind of infuriating, as I like to solve the murder as well, which cant be done in this case, the good part about the book is that there is no digressing or rambling or fillers in the book. Unlike some of the mysteries that I have read recently (aka The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...more on that later)

I would recommend this book. Its a quick read and well worth it.

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