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And Then There Were None (original 1939; edition 2011)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:And Then There Were None
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Harper (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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Rating:***1/2
Tags:mystery, murders, crimes, punished, island, nursery rhyme, kill, death, deaths, suspense, poison, mansion, irony, plot, noose, stranded, action-packed

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1939)

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What an incredibly fun and interesting book. It's nice to finally read something that lives up to its reputation! The characters were all interesting, the events left me on the edge of my seat, and the ending was incredible! This is one I'll definitely be re-reading at some point. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 2, 2016 |
Christie at her most cinematic. There are several good film versions of this book. Don't even try guessing who did it. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Ah, another day, another Agatha Christie. Just for a change, not a Marple or Poirot. This one has been through a few incarnations due to the non-pc original title, then the next title chosen fell by the wayside for the same reason. Unfortunately, the text itself hasn't been updated to remove the offending n word, but as long as you can overlook that, this is a great little story.

Ten people are invited to an isolated island hotel for a holiday. Each of them is invited with a different reason and it is only when they arrive that they realise it was a ruse: they are here for vengance. One by one, they are picked off, the means of their demise linked to an old nursery rhyme.

I've never seen any of the adaptations of this on tv, so it was a totally new story for me and whilst I spotted some of the clues, I didn't work it out fully. In fact I needed the denoument to explain some of it.

Great story for Christie fans. ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
Another great book! I love this story! Kinda funny that I saw a preview for a TV show that has this same plot! ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |


AKA: "Ten Little Indians" & "Ten Little Niggers"


Ten people are invited to Soldier Island by Una, U.N. Owen.... All have been guilty of some form of murder but in one manner or another have escaped punishment by the law.

Each has this little poem in their bedrooms:
"Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine Little Soldier Boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight Little Soldier Boys traveling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five Little Soldier Boys going in for law; One got into Chancery and then there were four.

Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got Frizzled up and then there was One.

One Little Soldier Boys left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none."

One by one they begin to die, and as they do; one by one the 10 toy soldiers in the table's centerpiece begin to disappear......

There are two major clues as to "who-done-it"...... but to tell you the clues would also tell you who the murderer was.....

The murderers were not particularly likeable people... so I'd say they all ended up w/ their just desserts.... ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
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It is the most baffling mystery that Agatha Christie has ever written, and if any other writer has ever surpassed it for sheer puzzlement the name escapes our memory. We are referring, of course, to mysteries that have logical explanations, as this one has. It is a tall story, to be sure, but it could have happened.
 
The mystery is foolproof. The solution is fair. It all fits together at the end.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times, Charles Poore (pay site) (Feb 23, 1940)
 

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In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times.
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'Don't you see? We're the Zoo .... Last night, we were hardly human any more. We're the Zoo ....'
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Ten people are trapped
in a house where they are killed.
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Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die.

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Considered one of the greatest mysteries of all times, ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are gathered together on an isolated island by a mysterious host. One by one, they die, and before the weekend is out, there will be none.

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