Monday, June 16, 2008
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
This was my first Agatha Christie novel. It was like a fun game of Clue.
Dr Shepard, a small town doctor in rural England, narrates the details of the murder of a local wealthy businessman. It seems that a number of people would have benefitted from his death: his hard up stepson, his noisy butler, his lonely housekeeper, to name a few. However, the murder might have more to do with the blackmailing of a widow than the financial problems of his household. It's up to retired inspector Hercule Poirot to get to the bottom of the case.
In the era of CSI, the ending wasn't really all that surprising (I had my suspicions) but does seem a little sneaky of Christie. I'm still not sure it makes much sense. Anyway, I found Poirot to be an engaging and quirky character. I won't mind reading more of his adventures. There is also a funny scene involving Mah Jongg, that I thought was a great piece of writing.