Synopsis: Roger Ackroyd is found murdered, stabbed in the back. Dr. James Sheppard, a local doctor, and Hercule Poirot investigate the case.
Review: Well. I certainly didn’t see that coming!! This book was just OK for me, and the only thing that made it memorable was the twist ending.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is different from previous Hercule Poirot books in that Hastings is not in this book, and since we don’t have Hastings around, Dr Sheppard, a local doctor, narrates the book.
I have to say that I miss Hastings! I miss his chasing of the ladies, I miss his humor, and I miss his wrong instincts and his interactions with Poirot. But, even though I missed Hastings, I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Sheppard and especially his sister, Caroline.
I won’t say too much about the plot here, but there is a massive twist, and up until the twist I was thinking the book was pretty bland. I just didn’t care why Roger Ackroyd had been killed, or who-dun-it. And after finishing the book I still don’t care, although the way Christie plotted the story was great. I just didn’t have any emotional connection to the characters (besides Poirot), and that is why I just didn’t love this one.
As soon as I finished the book, I looked online to see how this one ranked in terms of “Best Agatha Christie Novels” and was SHOCKED to see it at the top of the list (Time, The Top Tens, and The Guardian). I just don’t see it (sorry!!!), and I would elaborate but due to spoilers, I won’t, as this book deserves to be read without any hints whatsoever.
Bottom Line: An OK mystery with a surprise ending.
Do you agree with me? Was I just not blown away because of all the twist endings that are popular now? Is this your favorite Poirot?