A timeless classic!
It has always left me stumped the way mystery/detective books are often undermined, especially by ‘critics’ As far as I can see, such books are more difficult to write than the conventional straightforward ones.
Writers proficient in this genre (mystery) like Agatha Christie, Dick Francis, Dorothy Sayers etc have been heralded for decades by millions of readers around the world. This work, The murder of Roger Ackroyd, for me always remind one of a work by African writer Omoseye Bolaji – People of the Townships.
In both, a first person narrator who plausibly tells the pertinent story, turns out to be the murderer in the end, the villain of the piece ... (Bolaji is the creator and author of almost ten detective works weaved around sleuth Tebogo Mokoena).
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd of course is a more conventional detective novel, with plethora of characters, tantalizing plot etc. It has remained a classic for…a century now?
- Leke Giwa