Book Review: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

My wife and I have been on a major Agatha Christie kick recently. We have been steadily watching all of the Poirot series from British television starring David Suchet, and both of us have read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd in the last two weeks.

I read several Agatha Christie novels when I was a teenager, but this is the first time I have picked one up in probably 15 years. It has everything that you would expect from a Christie mystery: a murder in an English country house, a carefully defined list of suspects, investigation by a detective (in this case, Hercule Poirot), various twists and turns, and a satisfying conclusion.

One thing that sets this one apart from other Christie mysteries is that it uses a first-person narrator. The narrator here is a likable doctor who assists Poirot in his investigation, but is also on the list of suspects.

In all, this was a fun summer read for anyone who enjoys the “golden age” of detective fiction.