Village 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. (from Goodreads)
Poirot and I have a hit-or-miss relationship– sometimes I think he’s charming, sometimes I think he’s uber annoying. My enjoyment of his books mostly depends on the phases of the moon and/or the stars in the sky lining up and/or whatever. Anyway, this time around I found him super annoying. Possibly because the narrator found him annoying, too, and so we both focused on Poirot’s worse habits as opposed to his good ones?
And there was also the problem with spoilers, specifically the spoiler of who did the murder. I didn’t mean to spoil myself, all those ages ago when I read some other book about Agatha Christie’s mysteries, but I totally DID and I can’t forget it, and it’s ruined my enjoyment of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. I’ve never been a fan of those mysteries where everyone knows who did it and the whole point of the story is to catch the murderer; I much prefer the ones were the murderer is revealed, know what I mean?
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is indeed that kind of mystery– except when, as in my case, you go into it knowing the “twist” and the whole thing is ruined.
So basically, I forced myself through about half of it before I had to give up. I can handle an annoying detective if there’s a good mystery behind him, but I screwed myself out of that and so I had to DNF The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
Read: August 16-26, 2013
Have you ever ruined your enjoyment of a book by falling into spoilers? I mostly only have issues with spoilers for mysteries– other spoilers don’t overly bother me. What about you?