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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's ginius for detective fiction is unparalleled. Her worldwide popularity is phenomenal, her characters engaging, her plots spellbinding. No one knows the human heartor the dark passions that can stop itbetter than Agatha Christie. She is truly the one and only Queen of Crime.The Murder Of Roger AckroydVillage rumor hints that Mrs. Ferrars poisoned her husband, but no one is sure. Then there's another victim in a chain of death. Unfortunately for the killer, master sleuth Hercule Poirot takes over the investigation.
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Now in the public domain (and available to read in 25 issues with Serial Reader), Agatha Christie‘s famed detective Hercule Poirot employs his “little grey cells” against a baffling case of murder and blackmail, with one of Christie‘s most controversial conclusions.

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DarkPizza
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Welp. Mind blown. Will not reveal the spoiler, but even when being told I would not guess who the murderer was I did not guess it. Even when it was revealed that said character has been lying about some things, I jokingly said to my boyfriend "I'm going to lose my mind if x is the killer, there's no way." Alas, mind lost. Thoroughly enjoyable and quotable book. The scene where Poirot is introduced is especially memorable.

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katcalvin
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Agatha does it again! This may be one of my favorites.

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wideeyedreader
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I love a good Poirot mystery, and as usual, this one totally shocked me! I never even guessed. Thanks for letting me borrow this one, @AmyK1

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AmyK1
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Well that was a shock. As usual I didn‘t guess the murderer until Poirot put everything together. I wasn‘t even close.

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TheAromaofBooks
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView !!

1. I don't think books themselves have changed that much, but I have access to so many more of them than I used to, through interlibrary loan, ebooks, etc. so sometimes I do feel like the percentage of “good“ books I read is lower than when I was growing up. But also - maybe I'm just pickier?? 😂
2. I'm terrible at guessing. I remember being mind-blown by the tagged book.

#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView You're welcome! Happy Tuesday! 💜📖📚 4mo
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DarkPizza
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"The chains of habit. We work to attain an object, and the object gained, we find that what we miss is the daily toil."

BookDadGirlDad Such a good book!! 4mo
DarkPizza @BookDadGirlDad it's my first Agatha Christie novel! I'm only about 8 chapters in but I'm enjoying it a lot so far. 4mo
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BookDadGirlDad
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Once again Agatha Christie blows my mind. I had no idea who the killer was until Poirot elegantly connected dots I missed. This is why I am neither a mystery writer nor detective!!😁😁😁 Fantastic and fun read. Another page-Turner. This was my #doublebookspin @TheAromaofBooks.

tpixie Marie Benedict modeled her book after this since this was the book either right before Agatha Christie went missing 4mo
Ruthiella This is a particularly good one! 4mo
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BookDadGirlDad
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My #bookspin and #doublespin for September.

Scochrane26 Such a good Christie book! 5mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Queen of mystery.
Her books are always a pick.

CogsOfEncouragement This is my favorite of the Christie‘s I‘ve read. 5mo
IuliaC Such a beautiful photo! 😍 5mo
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rachelk
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I‘m not sure if this is my favorite Hercule Poirot mystery, but it is very good and rightfully makes it on to many ‘must read in your lifetime‘ lists. Agatha Christie is the master of mystery done right — the clues are all there but it‘s quite a strain on the ‘little grey cells‘ to figure out. I also love the humor Poirot adds, although apparently Christie herself did not care for him. 😆

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Recently enjoyed this little gem! Didn‘t realise how much I enjoy Agatha Christie. I‘ve read a few now and will continue to read. Love the twists and turns in the book, and love that it leaves you guessing until the very end who the murderer is. I won‘t tell! But it‘s a well written book! (Most Agatha Christie‘s are I know)

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sb3626
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I have only ever read one other book by Agatha Christie and it wasn‘t particularly my favorite but I‘m excited to give this one a try

galueth28 This is a fun one ☠ 8mo
sb3626 @galueth28 I‘m really enjoying it so far and haven‘t been able to guess who it is so this is better than the previous book I read by her! 8mo
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ImperfectCJ
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This is almost certainly my favorite Christie novel so far. I won't go into detail about what was so fun about it because I don't think I could say anything without spoiling the solution to the mystery (I am not nearly as adept in my speech as M. Poirot), but I enjoyed this one so much, I'm considering looking up some of the Poirot mysteries I've always ignored on PBS.

Ruthiella The Poirot series starring David Suchet is impeccable . I highly recommend it! 😀 It‘s also fun to note where the script deviate and/or enhances the novel. 10mo
ImperfectCJ @Ruthiella Thanks for the endorsement! I've put the first DVD set on hold at the library. Maybe my kids will get into it, too. They tend to like Masterpiece shows. 10mo
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Revenge4bess I concur(just don‘t like Agatha Christie) 10mo
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d_t_r_eeve
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Despite it‘s age, the pace of this crime thriller is palpable. This, combined with a unique twist at the end makes for a most memorable read.

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Cozy fire reading 😊

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libbiesmith
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This book completely surprised me to the very last page.

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SarahBookInterrupted
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Another great story by Agatha Christie. This one i started to remember watching this episode on the BBC series with my mother. Even though I knew the ending it didn‘t change the enjoyment of the book at all. This author has me hooked.

ozma.of.oz That is so clever! 13mo
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Eggs
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This is rated as one of the top murder mysteries written by AC. It‘s a good one-largely because of the author‘s use of surprise literary devices. Can‘t say much more without spoiling it, but who killed Roger Ackroyd?
#authoramonth2020 @Soubhiville
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vlwelser This book totally changed the way I read other books. It might be my favorite. 13mo
Eggs Yes it is transformative @vlwelser 13mo
TheAromaofBooks It's especially fun when you think about how innovative this was for the time - I read somewhere that it caused quite the uproar as to whether or not she had “cheated“ - but I maintain that all the clues you need are there if you know how to see them!! 13mo
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Cinfhen
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Wow!! That was excellent!! Agatha Christie is quite a genius #AAM Thanks for the awesome recommendation @KarenUK and I agree, Hugh Fraser is a brilliant narrator 🙌🏻💙 I really enjoyed this mystery written almost 100 years ago but still feels new and fresh.

KarenUK So glad you enjoyed it! 😘💕 13mo
KarenUK You‘ve made me want to re-read it, on audio, now I know it‘s Hugh Fraser! (he played Hastings on the TV versions, and he‘s just such a sweetheart!) 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! More love for this book. 13mo
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Cinfhen
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Listening to another choice for #AAM on the recommendation of @KarenUK I‘m saving Then There Were None for #pop21 #LockedRoomMystery 🕵️‍♂️

erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll enjoy. I don‘t know if it‘s good on audio but this is one of my Christie favourites. 14mo
Cinfhen It‘s good so far @erzascarletbookgasm but I‘m only about 40 minutes into it on audio / and I‘m not sure I‘ll have a chance to listen more this evening 14mo
KarenUK 🤞🤞🤞you like it! It‘s said to inspire so many mystery writers.... it‘s a clever one! 14mo
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KarenUK And I adore Hugh Fraser.... such a sweet man... 14mo
Blaire This is a good one! And I loved and then there were none. 14mo
ozma.of.oz Ah! An excellent choice! ❤️ 14mo
Cinfhen So far it‘s really good and I‘m completely stumped @ozma.of.oz @KarenUK @Blaire 13mo
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Dostoyes
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Hard to find something original to say about this classic. I wish in school we had been challenged to write a mystery — how tricky to lay out all the clues in a way that leaves them guessing, not too much and not too little.

Butterfinger That would have been a good idea. 14mo
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Lauranahe
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My first Agatha Christie book! This was super fun. Several times I laughed out loud at the jokes, and Poirot was fun to finally read about. I did guess the murderer about halfway through, and I was so excited I was right. The last couple pages, however, did have me raising my eyebrows and opening my eyes wide. Cuz WHOA. Anyway, this was a great Murder mystery!

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MrsBibliophile
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Agatha Christie is such a talented writer! I was surprisingly shocked at the end of this book, which doesn't happen often. What a plot twist!

I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a good English murder mystery.

📖📚Happy Reading!📚📖

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Moony
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Yeah finished the #audiobook I like this story a little bit more as the story 'Peril at End House'

I like the end, and it was a good start to #readyourway #readathon this week by @TheSpineView

#cocoturns50

Points for #teamslaughter #Scarathlon2020

TheSpineView 👍🤩🖤📚 1y
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thevagabondlawyer
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Oh My! This my fastest read so far. Blown-away! Unputdownable, literally! And to think this is my first Agatha Christie's book! It's no wonder why Christie is one of the best selling authors of all time. She is unbelievable. Her mystery is so layered I am at my wits end. Her prose is calculated and brillianty constructed. Her characters are well-defined and so clear. Glad to know there are more books of the same author waiting to be devoured. 🙏

erzascarletbookgasm You started off great, this is one of my favourites of hers. 1y
Ruthiella This is one of her best. 1y
thevagabondlawyer @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, I didn't know how to read her collections but I am glad I did start with this book. What do you think is my next read? 👏 1y
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thevagabondlawyer @Ruthiella so so good, what's your most favorite book of Christie? 1y
Ruthiella @thevagabondlawyer Try The ABC Murders or Evil under the Sun. 😀 1y
erzascarletbookgasm There‘s no particular way to read her books, I reckon. Some prefer Hercule Poirot, others like Miss Marple, or Tommy & Tuppence. You can look up And Then There Were None, Crooked House, Murder On The Orient Express, all have been made into very good 🎥 too. 1y
thevagabondlawyer @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you. I appreciate it. I'll look it up. 1y
Nute You are on a favorite trajectory of mine - the discovery of the brilliance of Agatha Christie. I read and reread her books, and then wish that I could experience again for the very first time! Have fun and chat me up on a regular basis with your thoughts! 1y
thevagabondlawyer @Nute thank you! I am going to read Murder on the Orient Express next. I am excited. But there's too many books to read 😭 1y
Lauranahe I‘ve never read Christie either, and I‘m starting this book now. I‘m excited! 1y
thevagabondlawyer @Lauranahe oh Great! I am really glad I started with this book! Enjoy 👏 1y
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Moony
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My next audiobook for #littenlisten and #Scarathlon2020 and #teamslaughter

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Linsy
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Today‘s plans! I woke up with a strong hankering for pumpkin spice and Poirot this morning. I tried to get into The Mysterious Mr. Quin, but I think I‘m going to skip the collections this time through. It just wasn‘t grabbing me! So I finally went back and picked up Roger Ackroyd and I‘m hooked!!! Definitely finishing today, children willing.

☎️🔪🔎 #agathachristieclubr2 #currentlyreading #classicschallenge2020

Linsy Oh my gosh, that ending was so good!!! I never would have guessed. So glad I went back to read this one. The last line has to be my favorite: “I wish Hercule Poirot had never retired from work and come here to grow vegetable marrows.” 1y
SW-T Almost forgot it was PSL season! Ah, fall, when the scent of pumpkin spice fills the air! 😊 1y
Linsy @SW-T Yes!! My favorite time of year 🍂☕️ 1y
ferskner It's so good!!!!!! It completely makes sense when your reread it but it blows your mind the first time. 1y
Linsy @ferskner Yes!!! I might need to reread it soon so I remember details better. But it definitely felt like 🤯. 1y
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galueth28
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The revelation of the murderer makes it a very interesting re-read, although the overall mistery is not very thrilling. Poirot is delightful, as always.

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BookBelle84
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Day 11 #top20series #20series20days

I will read absolutely any Agatha Christie mystery I can get my hands on, but the Poirot series will always be my favourite.

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OriginalCyn620
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#IfYouLikeThis #TheUsualSuspects

I haven‘t read this but apparently the twist is amazeballs!

Klou Great choice!!! 2y
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3.5 / 5

Am I the only one who suspected the killer correctly from the begining 🤔
#55 th Book

mirnass No, you're not the only one🙂 2y
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Querencia
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Damn, this is so late. Probably the only book that I could read with even more enthusiasm even after the spoilers, for that exquisite writing 💯 THAT ending 😍

Hands down, best work of Agatha Christie ❤ I owe a formal apology for looking over this, after all this time 🙊
#orthodox #detective #mystery #christie #novel

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Sharpeipup
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A rainy day calls for a book & a good mystery fits the bill perfectly...don‘t you agree?

Sace Completely. 2y
Yuki_Onna @Sharpeipup Totally. A rainy day and a good book are made for each other. I liked “The murder of Roger Ackroyd“. Enjoy!
And by the way, I love your username! Cute as heck! ❤
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Sammidnightsun
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I love these books

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bookandbedandtea
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It's the only Christie on 1001 Books To Read Before You Die & I've frequently heard that it's her best but now I've finally read it I don't agree. While I did enjoy the look at 1920s English village life I must confess to being rather bored through much of the novel & had to force myself not to bail. I was amply rewarded by the ending as the culprit's identity was a complete shock! Still, I maintain that her best is And Then There Were None.

bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks This is the 10th book I read for #BookSpinBonanza. I wish I'd gotten further but really enjoyed playing along. Thanks for the great idea and for organizing the #BookSpin every month! 👏👏👏 2y
TheAromaofBooks Awesome progress!! I'm still hoping to hit my 10th book tomorrow!!! I agree - while the twist in this one is excellent, and I think was especially shocking at the time, And Then There Were None is much more of a timeless classic and is far more suspenseful. 2y
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Nakul007
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Just completed this book!!!
A 5/5 for the ending, for the thrills in between And for Hercule Poirot 😇

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New blog post up sharing all the books I read for #unreadbookbingo: https://charityrau.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/unread-book-bingo/

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Lara.Tomme
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Always love an Agatha Christie. This one was very very good. Listened to it with #scribd 🎧

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Lara.Tomme
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My sister shared these pictures with me, while on her walk. She lives in a small town surrounded by nature. 🌻🌳 At the same time I walked on my treadmill listening to an Agatha Christie audiobook 🎧

#keeplitsypositive
#litsywalkers
#bloominglitsy

Eggs It‘s a great year for poppies ❤️❤️ 2y
tpixie ❤️🌺❤️ 2y
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8. This novel is one of the most famous examples of an unreliable narrator. Is that a literary device that you enjoy? What other unreliable narrators do you recommend?

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MusicallyMorgan I just read this last week and loved it!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks I do enjoy unreliable narrators when they are done here. This one is especially fantastic because you don't KNOW he's unreliable until the very end. Lots of times in more modern thrillers, it's obvious that the narrator has some issues, so you assume that there has to be at least something you can't believe. Here, James seems so completely normal, especially since other Poirot stories were narrated by Hastings. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Have to say that I hate seeing this book show up on lists of “unreliable narrator“ books, though, because it completely ruins the twist! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks @MusicallyMorgan - you are welcome to join in on our discussion!! @ferskner has several questions posted, so jump in on any of them that sound interesting to you! All we do is if someone else has already commented on the post, tag them when you comment, so that way the discussion keeps rolling!!! 2y
JenlovesJT47 I think he is a much better narrator than Hastings personally! 😆 This is an instance where it‘s done very well. Modern books don‘t always pull this off and I‘m usually pretty wary about unreliable narrators. 2y
Librarybelle @MusicallyMorgan @TheAromaofBooks @JenlovesJT47 @ferskner I love unreliable narrators! They really make you guess about the facts in the story. And yes, I really dislike Hastings, so I thought this was a better narration, reliable or unreliable! 2y
Sparklemn This was the first time I could recall running into the unreliable narrator plot device. I hated it! Made me feel like I had been punked. 😜🤷‍♀️ 1y
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7. Agatha Christie's books frequently focus on "genteel" murders and the secrets held by seemingly upstanding people. How does this novel in particular focus on the universal capacity for violence?

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Librarybelle Good question! I‘m not sure how to answer...hmmmm...there is thought of self-inflicted violence, James taking “the easy way out” 2y
ferskner @Librarybelle Oooo I hadn't thought of that aspect! I had thought about how he's supposed to be this pillar of the community, but he's actually rotten to the core. That applies to what you're saying too, that he talks the talk of the brave, stiff-upper-lip British ideal but when it comes to it, he's desperate to protect his reputation at all costs. 2y
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6. What clues point to James Sheppard as the murderer? If this is your second time reading, did you notice them more easily?

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TheAromaofBooks The line that James is so proud of, something about “I had left nothing undone“ - it really does seem like an odd thing to say when he says it in the narrative, since theoretically at that point he's just leaving his friend after chatting for a while. There are also a few gaps in time in his story as well. But even on the lookout for them, I felt like the hints were subtle ones. 2y
JenlovesJT47 I just finished this yesterday for the second time. There are some hints but it‘s very subtle and well-done. 2y
Librarybelle @ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @JenlovesJT47 Definitely subtle hints, and I tried catching everything with this reread and didn‘t quite catch everything. That‘s what makes her a genius writer! 2y
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5. Why does Poirot allow James a way out in the end? What does this reveal about Poirot's character? Do you view a distinction between law and ethics?

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TheAromaofBooks Great question. I think this is a really interesting scenario, and one that does weirdly fit with Poirot's character - there are several times in his career where he decides to allow criminals to take their own way out - and other times where he is unrelenting. I'm not sure I agree with him here, but his efforts seem more for the sake of Caroline than James, and I can't imagine what Caroline's life would be like if her brother was publicly exposed 2y
Librarybelle @ferskner @TheAromaofBooks Agree Sarah! It seems odd, but yet it fits with Poirot. 2y
TheAromaofBooks I kind of appreciate the way that Christie stays true to the character she has created instead of doing the “right“ thing - Poirot is someone who is confident enough in his own intelligence (understatement, I know!) that he believes he has the right to decide how justice should be carried out, as well as merely finding out whodunit. @Librarybelle @ferskner 2y
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle yes it's very interesting to see when Poirot chooses to be the investigator, judge, and jury, vs. when he leaves everything to the police. I wonder if we listed all those instances if we'd find a common thread. 2y
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TheAromaofBooks I hadn't thought of that before, but I do like the idea. Caroline isn't as twittery as Miss Marple, or as inclined to make random comments that connect people, but she does have that ability to glean useful information without even leaving her house, and has a sharp eye for small discrepancies in behavior. 2y
Librarybelle @ferskner @TheAromaofBooks I hadn‘t thought that before either, but now I see it. She definitely has a way to get to the bottom of things, so to speak. 2y
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle I love that she doesn't have any time for shenanigans. :) 2y
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TheAromaofBooks As you can probably tell from my other answers, I'm here for the twist!! 😁 2y
JenlovesJT47 Such a great twist, I‘m all for it! 2y
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @JenlovesJT47 I know this was extremely controversial when the book came out (and maybe still is?), but I agree that she doesn't do it cheaply. There are so many twists now that feel like a cop-out, and this is one that truly astonishes you. 2y
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Librarybelle @ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @JenlovesJT47 I could see why the twist would have been controversial - I don‘t recall too many other stories from that time with that twist - but nowadays it seems acceptable. I loved it! 2y
TheAromaofBooks I wonder if part of the reason that it was more controversial back in the day is because books were written on more strict good guy/bad guy lines - you get to know and sort of like the doctor in this story, which is part of why the twist at the end has such an emotional punch! @Librarybelle @ferskner @JenlovesJT47 (edited) 2y
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @JenlovesJT47 for sure! It feels more personal than other twists. 2y
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TheAromaofBooks I do agree. The pacing is excellent, the characters drawn well, the red herrings are laid out carefully - yet Christie doesn't cheat. Everything the reader needs to know to solve the mystery is right there, and the twist is fantastic. The first time I read this one, it really did completely astonish me. 2y
JenlovesJT47 I think this and And Then There Were None are the two greatest murder mysteries of all time. 2y
ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @JenlovesJT47 totally! I'd agree that I consider ATTWN the greatest of all time, but this is a second or third. It's absolutely brilliant. And she doesn't cheat!!! 2y
Librarybelle @ferskner @TheAromaofBooks @JenlovesJT47 You can see why this one is considered one of her greatest - and I think all of you mention what I thought. I just finished rereading this (actually it was a listening reread), and I am blown away by Christie‘s carefully laid out mystery. To me, this is the first time she uses her classic techniques that you later see in Orient Express and ATTWN. 2y
ferskner @Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks @JenlovesJT47 yes! This is one of the three crown jewels of Christie, and we could debate endlessly on which is the best. 2y
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