Written by Sarah Yoon
Last week, the Club discussed The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. The classic whodunit is light on its toes—the perfect read to offset the longer, heavier texts that we have chosen lately. The only element lacking from our evening of laughter, wine and murder was a round of Clue.
When the story begins, Dr. Sheppard is shaken by the death of Mrs. Ferrars. Christie guides readers through the gossipy village, steadied the doctor’s even-headed narration. As suicide, blackmail and murder stir the village into a buzz of rumors, Hercule Poirot is close at hand to help weave through lies to find truth. If you’re familiar with mysteries, I challenge you to tackle The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, a story that changed the genre forever.
Since I shouldn’t describe the story too much, I’ll just let you know that it’s an exciting puzzle to ponder over. Unlike my article on North and South, I won’t supplement the discussion questions with any explanations. Let’s get straight to the point, shall we? This complex puzzle leads to 3 important questions:
- Who did you suspect at the beginning? Did you guess correctly?
- How does Christie hint at the actual murderer?
- Was the ending satisfying? Why or why not?
If you’ve read the book, feel free to answer question 3 in the comment section, but be careful not to drop any hints!