Sunday, April 13, 2008

It's a Mystery To Me

How does one review a murder mystery without giving something away?

When I found out that we would be reading a murder mystery (reader's choice) as a book club selection, I decided to be deliberate in my choice. I was intrigued after seeing The Murder of Roger Ackroyd on Semicolon's Best Fiction list. Sadly, I have never read Agatha Christie. I snatched at this perfect opportunity.

Even though I hadn't previously read any of Agatha Christie's mysteries, I have watched a few episodes on television starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot. It was David Suchet's face and mannerisms that I held in my imagination as I read this book. It seems that I picked up more of Poirot's personality ticks in my reading than I might have otherwise.

Beyond this, I'm not sure what to say that won't divulge some of the satisfying plot twists for those who have not read the book and might care to do so. A man is murdered. There are only a few suspects, but all have something to hide. The writing is clear and clever. Many facts are shared along the way. I was sure that I should be able to discover the truth.

Either I am slow and easily deceived, or the ending is oh, so clever. I walked about the house in a daze for some time after finishing the last page. Give it a try. I don't think you will be disappointed.

pg. 41

I am sorry to say I detest Mrs. Ackroyd. She is all chains and teeth and bones. A most unpleasant woman. She has small, pale, flinty blue eyes, and however gushing her words may be, those eyes of hers always remain coldly speculative.

I went across to her, leaving Flora by the window. She gave me a handful of assorted knuckles and rings to squeeze, and began talking volubly.


Sarah O said...

I'm glad you discovered and enjoyed Agatha Christie! She is one of my favorite authors because no matter how many of her books I read, they are always different. And I can never figure out who the murderer was, even when I've read it before I forget...

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Ooh, this book...what can I say? Don't you just want to share the story with all and sundry? I admire your ability to not disclose everything about the book.
This is a super blog that I just discovered, and am glad I did so.
I like blogs that are witty and thoughtful about life.
Very nice.

Precision Quality Laser said...

When I was younger, I was absolutely addicted to Agathie Christie "The Queen of Crime"! I read all of her books that don't have weird new-agey stuff in them. Poirot is by far my most favorite detective but Miss Marple comes in as a close second. I noticed that you live in Oregon, Miss Marple is on Saturday nights on OPB.
By the way, I love reading your book reviews!


Mrs. Q

Anonymous said...

I'm here via Semicolon. Somehow I have never read Agatha Christie, and I should amend that! I did see the episode of this story on Poirot, though, and enjoyed it. I will have to check out the book, too.

Framed said...

I've never read Christie either but I have a couple on my TBR list. It looks like I should add this one as well. Thanks for your review.