A classic: The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd is one of Christie's first to feature detective Hercule Poirot, played in a long-running ITV series by David Suchet pictured, and has been voted the best crime novel ever written
Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband, that someone was blackmailing her, and that as a consequence she had just taken her own life. But as he read the letter that would tell him the identity of her mysterious blackmailer, he was stabbed to death in a locked room . . .
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is one of Agatha Christie’s most brilliant detective novels and the book that catapulted her to worldwide renown. As a play, under the title of Alibi, it then enjoyed a long and successful run with Charles Laughton as Hercule Poirot. First published in May 1926 by Collins, and joining their Detective Story Club imprint in August 1931 to tie in with the release of the film version starring Austin Trevor as Poirot, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd remains as powerful and shocking today as when it was first published 90 years ago.
THIS DETECTIVE STORY CLUB CLASSIC is introduced by crime fiction expert Tony Medawar, who investigates the book’s pivotal role in Agatha Christie’s success story.
Agatha Christie’s most daring crime mystery - an early and particularly brilliant outing of Hercule Poirot, ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’, with its legendary twist, changed the detective fiction genre for ever.
Part of Agatha Christie's charm for me is her self-awareness. Just as she mocks herself and her detective in the forms of Ariadne Oliver and Sven Hjerson, from time to time, Agatha Christie's stories quietly make fun of themselves. Here is Dr. James Sheppard in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) interacting with a police inspector considering a recent corpse:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd