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And Then There Were None (1940)

by Agatha Christie

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21,449539198 (4.15)1 / 712
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.
  1. 253
    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (lahochstetler, eclt83)
    lahochstetler: Two of Christie's best plot twists
  2. 160
    A Study in Scarlet / The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Patangel)
  3. 150
    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Ludi_Ling)
    Ludi_Ling: Both Christie classics, where no-one and everyone could have done the murder.
  4. 40
    Agatha Christie: A Reader's Companion by Vanessa Innes- Wagstaff (OwenGriffiths)
  5. 41
    Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie (MarcusBrutus)
  6. 10
    The Invisible Host by Gwen Bristow (SomeGuyInVirginia, Litrvixen)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Invited guests murdered one-by-one by their host.
    Litrvixen: This book shares many similiarities with Christies book.
  7. 10
    The List of Adrian Messenger by Philip MacDonald (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Killer working on a selected group, and with a high body count.
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    Nine Man's Murder by Eric Keith (TheRavenking)
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    Process of Elimination by George Baxt (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Unknown killer and a high body count.
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    The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (lottpoet)
    lottpoet: I thought the mystery had a similar tone to the setup of this one.
  11. 00
    Puzzle for Wantons by Patrick Quentin (TheRavenking)
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    Choice Cuts by Boileau-Narcejac (TheRavenking)
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    The Riddle of Sphinx Island by R. T. Raichev (TheRavenking)
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    A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick (TheRavenking)
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    Bertie and the Seven Bodies by Peter Lovesey (TheRavenking)
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    I Know What You Did Last Wednesday by Anthony Horowitz (TheRavenking)
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    The Frankenstein Factory by Edward D. Hoch (TheRavenking)
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    The Possessors by John Christopher (SomeGuyInVirginia)
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    R.I.P. by Philip MacDonald (Anonymous user)
  20. 11
    Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney (Sarielle)
    Sarielle: "Daisy Darker" is a modern retelling of "And Then There Were None" with different ending

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 Name that Book: About the perfect murder/crime4 unread / 4DisassemblyOfReason, May 2019

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What a thriller, and a psychological thriller at that. You read on wondering who will die next, and who is the murderer. Other than a mystery, this book is also about sin, guilt and conscience. All are guilty of something but some are nonchalant, while others try to convince themselves they have not committed any sin. Nevertheless if you are guilty, the crime will catch up with you. Beware. ( )
  siok | May 25, 2024 |
Absolutely brilliant murder mystery; it's my first foray into the genre and a good one. It's kept to a reasonable length and the reader is on the edge of their seat at all times. The symbolism of the Ten Little Soldier Boys nursery rhyme throughout is well incorporated; the mystery is deep and difficult to solve, yet brilliant once the killer is revealed. Not near an all-time favourite, but strongly enjoyed and recommend to anyone for the sheer efficiency of the story's web. ( )
  VerixSilvercrow | May 12, 2024 |
There's a reason they call her the Queen of Detective Fiction. I'm 0/2 with AC. She wrote it fair and square, though it's a real doozy of a mystery to solve. I suppose that's why it's considered one of the greats! ( )
  buffalobibliophile | May 10, 2024 |
This is the only book from high school English classes that I have gone back to read again and again. It is fascinating how the mystery plays out. The only critique is that there are a LOT of characters. It is easier to keep track of them when reading a paper copy of the book as opposed to an audiobook.

4 Stars

Content: obviously lots of murder but no language that I recall ( )
  libraryofemma | Apr 18, 2024 |
This was a re-re-read for me, but the book never loses its awe factor. This is arguably the best of Dame Agatha Christie's books. It is the perfect murder or murders committed flawlessly to paper, and that paper so well-written that it was like I was there on that remote island. I am never short of admiration for this consummate writer. And I think everyone should read or listen to this classic at least once. For me it's my fourth or fifth time, but the first time on audible. Listening to it on audible made it almost brand new. Many have tried to copy Agatha Christie's writing style, but in my opinion, none have ever achieved this pinnacle of mystery, crime writing.
  Romonko | Apr 3, 2024 |
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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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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alonso, José LuisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alves, IsabelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Autiovuori, PekkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrs, NormanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Civís i Pol, JordiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Falzon, Alex R.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraser, HughNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Horovitch, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Carlo and Mary,
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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.
'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 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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First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a little private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion:

"Ten little boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine. Nine little boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight. Eight little boys traveling in Devon; One said he'd stay there then there were seven. Seven little boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in half and then there were six. Six little boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five. Five little boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two. Two little boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one. One little boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none."

When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Only the dead are above suspicion.
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Ten nine eight till none
Methodically they died
Three clues to killer

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