1. What does Ackroyd mean when he says "by telling me, she made me as guilty as herself"?
2. Why does Mrs Ferrars kill herself?
3. Several people talk about the engagement of Ralph and Flora; Mrs Ackroyd. Mr Poirot, Caroline and Flora herself. Skim through this part and make notes on what each person thinks about their relationship. Give examples from the text to show how you know what they think.
4. At the beginning of this part of the book, Inspector Raglan is convinced that Ralph Paton is the murderer. Give 3 easons why he thinks this. Which other members of the household are suspects?
5. What is the significance of the time of the phone call made to Sheppard and where it was made from?
6. Flora and Hector Blunt have a conversation which is overheard by Poirotand Sheppard. What has happened to Flora since Ackroyd died? What are Flora and Blunt discussing and how do you think they feel towards each other?
7. Why did Poirot ask Parker about the details of the study when they found Ackroyd's body?
8. It's been discovered that some money has been stolen from Ackroyd's bedroom. Who are the main suspects for this? Who has access to the bedroom?
9. Why does Ursula Bourne say she is leaving her job?
10. What does Poirot think about Sheppard's sister, Caroline?
11. Why is Poirot pleased with the list Sheppard gives him?
12. Poirot wants to create the scene from the night of the murder when Flora met Parker outside the study. Why does he do this and what does he learn from it?
13. What connection does Parker have to blackmail? What does Poirot learn from this?
14. Why does Ursula come to Poirot and how did Poirot know that she...