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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 2)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

This week my opener comes from The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie which I am reading as one of my 20 Books of Summer.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd


In the village of King’s Abbot, a widow’s sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study–but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow’s blackmailer. King’s Abbot is crawling with suspects, including a nervous butler, Ackroyd’s wayward stepson, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd, who has taken up residence in the victim’s home.
It’s now up to the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who has retired to King’s Abbot to garden, to solve the case of who killed Roger Ackroyd – a task in which he is aided by the village doctor and narrator, James Sheppard, and by Sheppard’s ingenious sister, Caroline.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the book that made Agatha Christie a household name and launched her career as a perennial bestseller. Originally published in 1926, it is a landmark in the mystery genre. It was in the vanguard of a new class of popular detective fiction that ushered in the modern era of mystery novels. Goodreads

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Chapter 1

Dr Sheppard at the Breakfast Table

Mrs Ferrars died on the night of the 16th-17th September – a Thursday. I was sent for at eight o’clock on the morning of Friday the 17th. There was nothing to be done. She had been dead for some hours.
It was just a few minutes after nine when I reached home once more. I opened the front door with my latchkey, and purposely delayed a few moments in the hall, hanging up my hat and the light overcoat that I had deemed a wise precaution against the chill of the early autumn morning, To tell the truth I was considerably upset and worried. I am not going to pretend that at that moment I foresaw the events of the next few weeks. I emphatically did not do so. But my instinct told me that there were stirring times ahead.

So what do you think? The formal language instantly conjures up the doctor for me in these opening lines.

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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

39 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (August 2)

    1. I read most of these in my teens but over the last couple of years I’ve challenged myself to pick up used copies at book sales and read those I find – this is the one I’ve been desperate to read and was hard to find!


    1. The language just makes me smile, I think I am getting much more enjoyment from these than I had when I first read them in my teens – although I always hear David Suchet when I read Poirot’s lines now.


  1. I’m so glad you’re reading this one, Cleo! In my opinion, it’s one of Christie’s really well-plotted novels. And it’s got a great, Golden-Age setting and context. I hope you’ll really enjoy it.


  2. Watching the Poirot series on PBS made me an Agatha Christie fan. I can imagine David Suchet as Poirot, with his waxed mustache and dapper suit, neatly hanging up his hat and coat. I’d definitely keep reading to find out how he solves the murder.
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  3. Ooh, great book! Have you read it before? How much chocolate will you give me to stop me telling you whodunit?

    PS I can’t remember if you were on holiday when I was touting the upcoming Agatha Christie blogathon in September? Should be fun…


    1. Haha I had read it years (and years) ago but my little grey cells let me down and I didn’t remember for sure! No I think I was on holiday – I need to join in that one and by September life should have quietened down a bit!

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