The Act of Roger Murgatroyd by Gilbert Adair

The Act of Roger Murgatroyd: An Entertainment is a whodunit by Gilbert Adair first published in 2006. Set in the 1930s and written in the vein of an Agatha Christie novel, it has all the classic ingredients of a 1930s mystery and is, according to the author, “at one and the same time, a celebration, a parody and a critique not only of Agatha Christie but of the whole Golden Age of English whodunits”.

Review by Everton Reading Group:

Would have made a better play. Very light reading with no residual impact. Would have been better to read the Agatha Christie first perhaps. Everyone read it but felt it would not last in the memory.

2 stars out of 5

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1 thought on “The Act of Roger Murgatroyd by Gilbert Adair”

  1. Review by Southampton U3A: This book which was a ‘spoof’ on Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Acroyd was not well received as it went too far, the sublime to the ridiculous. Readers of Agatha Christie were particularly annoyed!
    Star rating: **

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