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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
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And Then There Were None (original 1940; edition 2011)

by Agatha Christie (Author)

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Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine--When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale?… (more)
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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (1940)

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And Then There Were None has always been my second fave Agatha Christie novel and it just keeps getting better the more times I read/watch/listen to it. ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
3.5-3.75 ( )
  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
This Agatha Christie May have a future in writing mysteries. I read a lot of her books growing up but it has been decades since my last time. I’m amazed that I did not remember the details on this (which had a different title when I read it in the 1970s), especially the solution. I was glad I got to experience it anew. It is amazing how quickly the book moves. She had the perfect feel for how much detail was required and she delivered that and not one bit more. I was particularly taken by the “info-dump” first chapter where she has to introduce 10 characters and make them distinctive enough that we know them as the story unfolds. Just masterfully done. She also doesn’t spend an inordinate amount of time on danger scenes. They are resolved quickly, in marked contrast to many modern books. I don’t know how I feel about how the book has been sanitized for our times but none of the changes have any material effect so I guess that is my answer. And who,e it is a big cliche I thank her profusely for the Epilogue where the entire mystery is explained. No Poirot gathering all the suspects in the library to lay it all out but the facts are all delivered. Bravo. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
I was okay - mostly - with the whole thing until the message in the bottle. I mean, mostly okay with it except for the racism, sexism, and classism. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
I am not an Agatha Christie fan. For me , her books have always been popcorn novels. Novels I read in between classics.
However, this book has completely changed my perception.
Not only does it maintain the characteristic of other Christie books of being small, crisp and light on the eyes. It also successfully portrays the feelings each of the ten protagonist feels. It has hints strewn through out the book, however this book takes you for a ride. Even if you have mentally prepared yourself not to accept what is being written, but by the time you finish this book ; you will completely forget your resolve; you will be mesmerized by the beauty of this book .

It is a must read AGATHA CHRISTIE novel. ( )
  __echo__ | May 11, 2021 |
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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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Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine--When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale?

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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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