And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a 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. One by...

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Title:And Then There Were None
Author:Agatha Christie
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And Then There Were None Reviews

  • Emily May

    I'm a big lover of Agatha Christie, she has written some fantastic murder mysteries and her stories never get tiring. But this is the one that just comes out on top every time.

    It partly, and quite amusingly, reminds me of that old American murder mystery in Sunset Beach. Basically, they're the only ones on this island and someone is killing them off one by one in accordance with the Ten Little Indians rhyme . And I swear I never saw it coming, and I'm usually very good at it. It's just a very cl

    I'm a big lover of Agatha Christie, she has written some fantastic murder mysteries and her stories never get tiring. But this is the one that just comes out on top every time.

    It partly, and quite amusingly, reminds me of that old American murder mystery in Sunset Beach. Basically, they're the only ones on this island and someone is killing them off one by one in accordance with the Ten Little Indians rhyme . And I swear I never saw it coming, and I'm usually very good at it. It's just a very clever novel, full of mystery and suspense and easily quite frightening at times.

    I like how Agatha Christie doesn't have to write a 500 page novel with a massive back story, her mysteries are very simply put together but always clever and hard to decipher. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  • James

    5 stars to

    's

    . This is the book that started my absolute love of the mystery genre. I was addicted and must have read it 3 or 4 times over the course of the year. Between the poem, the deserted island, the plot twist, the count-down, the pure clandestine suspense... it couldn't get any better.

    Ten people receive a mystery letter from someone they don't know that indicates they should come to a remote island.

    After arriving, the

    5 stars to

    's

    . This is the book that started my absolute love of the mystery genre. I was addicted and must have read it 3 or 4 times over the course of the year. Between the poem, the deserted island, the plot twist, the count-down, the pure clandestine suspense... it couldn't get any better.

    Ten people receive a mystery letter from someone they don't know that indicates they should come to a remote island.

    After arriving, they try to figure out the connection between all of them while waiting for their mysterious host. After coming across a cute little poem about how ten little indians die, they decide they will wait it out until the next morning when the ferry comes back to take them home.

    Each guest suddenly dies matching the line from the poem... resulting in alliances and mistrust. Pure fun.

    In a masterful conclusion, the reader understands all the connections, learns why the killer chose them to die and develops a very distinct opinion on who was right and who was wrong in this story.

    Amazing!

    1. Plot - can you get any better than telling the reader that 10 people will die and then guessing the order and the weapon?

    2. Characters - All walks of life, all personalities. You'll love some and hate some!

    1. Only that there wasn't a follow-up...

    If you are a mystery fan, you must read this. If you've never read Agatha Christie, this must be your first - before you tackle Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. You must understand the master before getting hooked on any specific protagonist in one of her other series.

  • Mohammed Arabey

    يجب أن أعترف أن ضيق أفقي هو مامنعني من دخول عالم أجاثا كريستي

    فمنذ صغري لم تبهرني أغلفة قصصها المترجمة للعربية

    كما أن معرفة والدي لافلامها وقراءة والدتي لروايتها منذ الصغر جعلني أشعر أن الغموض بهذه القصص "موضة قديمة" وألغازها ستكون مكشوفة لي

    ناهيك عن مقولة "لابد أن الخادم هو من فعلها كقصص أجاثا كريستي" جعلتني

    متشككا أن الحل دائما نمطيا

    فلماذا أقرأ لها؟..لم يعد هناك شئ

    الي ان جائتني دعوة..دعوه لقراءة احد كتب اجاثا كريستي لانها في قائمة أعلي

    يجب أن أعترف أن ضيق أفقي هو مامنعني من دخول عالم أجاثا كريستي

    فمنذ صغري لم تبهرني أغلفة قصصها المترجمة للعربية

    كما أن معرفة والدي لافلامها وقراءة والدتي لروايتها منذ الصغر جعلني أشعر أن الغموض بهذه القصص "موضة قديمة" وألغازها ستكون مكشوفة لي

    ناهيك عن مقولة "لابد أن الخادم هو من فعلها كقصص أجاثا كريستي" جعلتني

    متشككا أن الحل دائما نمطيا

    فلماذا أقرأ لها؟..لم يعد هناك شئ

    الي ان جائتني دعوة..دعوه لقراءة احد كتب اجاثا كريستي لانها في قائمة أعلي الكتب مبيعا في العالم متفوقة علي الالاف كتب التشويق والجريمة!!! مما جعلني متشوقا لمعرفه السبب

    تلك الدعوة كانت في ويكابيديا..قائمة اعلي الكتب مبيعا في التاريخ

    هذا ما جعلني متشوقا لمعرفه سر هذه الرواية..التي تفوقت في اثارتها وتشويقها علي الكثير من أقرانها في المبيعات..وحتي تفوقها علي كل روايات اجاثا كريستي

    وأن تظل محتفظة بغموضها وتشويقها كل هذه السنوات

    وقد كان...وبدأت في الكتاب

    كنت مصمما اولا ألا اقرأ اي ريفيو عن الرواية ولا ألمح حتي صفحات الافلام المبنية عنها

    فقد كنت مصمما ان اعرف اللغز وأحله بنفسي قبل انتهاء صفحات الرواية

    اتهامات غريبة يسمعونها بعد العشاء من جهاز تسجيل تم تشغيله

    إتهامات تخص ماضي كل شخصية من العشر شخصيات

    والمفترض انهم وحدهم بالجزيرة

    من قام بتسجيل تلك الأتهامات؟

    ونعم..كما تقول الاسطورة بعد العشاء الاول مباشرة..يختنق احدهم..كحادث مدبر؟ انتحار؟ جريمه قتل؟

    ثم يتبقي تسعة..ليتفكروا في الامر

    تتوالي الاحداث..في ترقب..من صاحب الدعوة؟ ماحقيقة الاتهامات؟

    كان هناك 10 تماثيل عساكر في وسط مائدة الطعام..لماذا صار فقط تسع بعد وفاه احدهم؟

    حتي وان تبقي ثلاثة..لن تعرف من يقوم بهذا

    هل هو احدهم؟ هل هناك احد غيرهم العشرة مختبئ في مكان ما؟

    هذا لا يمكن ان يكون صحيحا..لقد فتشنا المكان جيدا.حتي الجثث ..اهو حلم؟عذرا ..كابوس؟؟

    محمد العربي

    من 17 سبتمبر 2013

    الي 23 سبتمبر 2013

  • Anne

    Turns out, I

    . This was a really good mystery!

    The story goes a bit like this:

    10 strangers each get invitations from

    they

    they know, to stay on an island resort. Hells yeah! Sunshine & sea air!

    Well,

    is a bit of a misnomer.

    It's really a big house on an island. Still, it's famous for being a party place, and nobody

    Turns out, I

    . This was a really good mystery!

    The story goes a bit like this:

    10 strangers each get invitations from

    they

    they know, to stay on an island resort. Hells yeah! Sunshine & sea air!

    Well,

    is a bit of a misnomer.

    It's really a big house on an island. Still, it's famous for being a party place, and nobody in the group turns it down.

    Almost as soon as everyone is gathered together, a recorded voice booms out through the walls and accuses each of them of being a murderer. And not just...YOU'RE ALL MURDERERS! Nope, whoever it is appears to know specific details about each death, and why these particular people were responsible.

    Of course, everyone immediately starts proclaiming their innocence!

    However, within minutes one of them falls over dead.

    As the body count rises, they have to face the facts that these aren't accidents. And with each new death coinciding with a children's rhyme that's tacked up in each room, all signs point to a self-appointed executioner in their midst.

    After they get organized and take a peek around, they realize that they are quite alone on this island. Their mysterious benefactor must be disguised as one of the guests, and is more than likely...the murderer.

    The tension ratchets up with each body, and the guests start turning on each other in an attempt to ferret out the killer. Eventually, they decide they just need to calm down and survive till the police can get to the island.

    Good plan, right?

    So whodunit?

    I ain't tellin'.

  • Nataliya

    This lovely mystery book is first and foremost about the administration of the long-overdue justice, right? At least that's what the mastermind behind it all believes.

    But the question is -

    And who is to decide what punishment serves the crime? And is perceived justice at all costs the ultimate goal, or is it the frequently pointless work of a maniac? As a matter of fact, what is justice after all?

    I think the story of this book (

    This lovely mystery book is first and foremost about the administration of the long-overdue justice, right? At least that's what the mastermind behind it all believes.

    But the question is -

    And who is to decide what punishment serves the crime? And is perceived justice at all costs the ultimate goal, or is it the frequently pointless work of a maniac? As a matter of fact, what is justice after all?

    I think the story of this book (

    ) is familiar to most readers. It is a lovely and fascinating idea. Ten people are lured onto a remote island under false pretenses just to realize that they are all about to be punished by death for the 'crimes' that they have committed in the past and have gotten away with. Killed in a manner predicted by a silly yet ominous children's poem with the conclusion of

    . What's more, they come to realize that the mastermind - or maniac? - has to be among them.

    And as, despite the precautions, the number of people trapped on the island continues to decline, the uneasy tension sets in, and the impeccable facades begin to crack.

    The story is captivating and very smart, and the ending had me baffled for a bit the first time I read it. It has a neat resolution despite an obvious plot hole

    . It's an enjoyable read to say the least.

    Yes, on one hand, it's almost poetic justice to punish the criminals who thought they got away with it. On the other hand, is eye-for-an-eye the best way to get even? And who's to judge, anyway? Who is either conceited enough or deranged enough to assume that he has the right and the moral authority to determine guilt and the extent of punishment just like that?

    . But the degree of their guilt varies quite significantly in my perception, and it does not always coincide with what their 'unknown' judge/executioner thinks

    .

    Conceited, self-righteous crime? Decide for yourself.

    Speaking of

    - this novel has quite a bit to say on this subject. You see, many of the characters have already been judged and condemned by their own selves. Vera Claythorne and General Macarthur both are tormented by their guilt (and

    ). Interestingly, others, no less guilty, are not tormented by their conscience at all. But ultimately this does not matter at all for their survival; only the fact that they were deemed guilty (

    ).

    These are the thoughts that kept running through my head as I was reading this excellent non-traditional critically-acclaimed specimen of mystery literature. And therefore bravo to Miss Christie for making me think and care - and not just mindlessly flipping pages to get to the bottom of the whodunit. Because

    was much less important to me than

    and

    - especially

    .

    For all of this, I give it the unflinching

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  • Kinga

    Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review.

    It is necessary, I promise.

    This book was originally published in UK under a charming title of "Ten Little Niggers". When it came to the US version in the 40's someone decided that 'Ten Little Niggers' is not the most marketable title for a book so they changed it to 'Ten Little Indians' (as it was still ok to call Native Americans Indians then).

    Only years after someone decided that neither 'Niggers', nor 'Indians'

    Before I begin I would like to apologise for my use of the N word in this review.

    It is necessary, I promise.

    This book was originally published in UK under a charming title of "Ten Little Niggers". When it came to the US version in the 40's someone decided that 'Ten Little Niggers' is not the most marketable title for a book so they changed it to 'Ten Little Indians' (as it was still ok to call Native Americans Indians then).

    Only years after someone decided that neither 'Niggers', nor 'Indians' is a fortunate choice of words for the title so it was changed to 'And Then There Were None' - the last line of the nursery rhyme which in this new version was called 'Ten Boy Soldiers'.

    This is the version that I read and I must say I am glad. I think I would be rather uncomfortable reading something called 'The Little Niggers', which takes place on 'Nigger Island' (how did Christie want to pull this off? 'Nigger Island' off the Devon coast? Really? How?).

    The premise, I am sure you know, is this: ten people end up cut off from the world on a tiny island. One of them is a murderer and people keep dying as in the nursery rhyme. Every person on the island has a secret and is guilty of a murder. It's the kind of murder where law is helpless. Nothing can be proven. This is why they found themselves on that island, at the mercy of a prototype 'Jigsaw' madman who decided justice must be done.

    The premise requires the structure of the novel to be very organised and clean cut. I felt that it was only right for me to approach the reading of it in an equally disciplined way. I took five sheets of papers and divide each in half, thus ending up with ten cards, one for each character.

    And I continued to dilligently fill them out with all the details I learnt about the characters until about halfway through the book when I became too engrossed, frightened and nervous. I already had an inkling as to who the murderer was and was petrified I would be murdered in my sleep as well. The situation was very serious and I had to invite all my teddy bears back to my bed, so they could protect me.

    I grew to like two of the characters - the sentiment, I think, I shared with Christie as she liked them so, she killed them last.

    This was my second Christie, and the first proper one. The first one I read was a bit of a mishap spy novel, so Christie's brilliance wasn't as apparent as it was in 'And Then There Were None'.

    4.5 stars

    PS> Thanks to karen I have just found this page -

    And here is their take on Ms Christie:

  • Charlotte May

    Now I understand why Agatha is the Queen of crime! This was addictive.

    A group of people are all individually invited to an island for a summer holiday in Devon. None of them 100% sure who their mysterious host is. Things become even more peculiar when their host isn’t there when they arrive, and doesn’t show themselves at all.

    One by one the guests are killed, picked off, leaving the others terrified and paranoid. It was a fantastic mystery t

    Now I understand why Agatha is the Queen of crime! This was addictive.

    A group of people are all individually invited to an island for a summer holiday in Devon. None of them 100% sure who their mysterious host is. Things become even more peculiar when their host isn’t there when they arrive, and doesn’t show themselves at all.

    One by one the guests are killed, picked off, leaving the others terrified and paranoid. It was a fantastic mystery throughout. As tension becomes hysteria, the guests wonder who will be next, who is responsible for these murders and why?

    A fantastic read that leaves you guessing until the very end.

    ******************************

    So creepy! RTC

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