The Murder of Roger Ackroyd


  • Hercule Poirot – retired detective who investigates the central murder
  • Roger Ackroyd – country gentleman, distressed by the recent death of his paramour, Mrs Ferrars
  • Mrs Cecil Ackroyd – Mr Ackroyd's sister-in-law
  • Flora Ackroyd – Mr Ackroyd's niece and Mrs Cecil Ackroyd's daughter
  • Ralph Paton – Mr Ackroyd's stepson, often referred to as his "adopted" son
  • Ursula Bourne – Mr Ackroyd's parlourmaid, who has recently resigned
  • Major Hector Blunt – big game hunter, Roger Ackroyd's friend and house guest
  • Geoffrey Raymond – Mr Ackroyd's secretary
  • John Parker – Mr Ackroyd's butler
  • Elizabeth Russell – Mr Ackroyd's housekeeper
  • Charles Kent – Elizabeth Russell's son, and a drug addict
  • Dr James Sheppard – the doctor, Poirot's assistant, as well as the story's narrator
  • Caroline Sheppard – Dr Sheppard's spinster sister
  • Dorothy Ferrars – who poisons herself at the very beginning of the book
  • Ashley Ferrars – late husband of Mrs Ferrars, who was poisoned by his wife
  • Inspector Raglan
  • Inspector Davis
  • Mr Hammond – Roger Ackroyd's lawyer

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