Thursday, May 2, 2013

Whodunit This Time?

Agatha Christie is the one and only Queen of Crime. Her stories range from "The Mysterious Affair At Styles", her first- introducing mustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot- to "Curtain", her last- and this detective's final case. In between, however, the Poirot's and Miss Marple's, are stories narrated by someone who appears in one book only. "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" is one of these, and it is one that the eclectic authoress recommends wholeheartedly. The narrator is a humble village doctor called to the scene of a murder- and then discovers his next-door neighbor is Poirot, famous detective. The two compare notes about the murder, and the solution leaves the reader wondering: Did that actually happen?

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