And Then There Were None

January 19, 2015 - Comment

Eight people of different social classes have been invited to a mansion on the fictional Soldier(Indian) Island (“Nigger Island” in the original 1939 UK publication, “Indian Island” in the 1964 US publication), which is based upon Burgh Island off the coast of Devon. Upon arriving, they are told that their hosts, a Mr. and Mrs.

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Eight people of different social classes have been invited to a mansion on the fictional Soldier(Indian) Island (“Nigger Island” in the original 1939 UK publication, “Indian Island” in the 1964 US publication), which is based upon Burgh Island off the coast of Devon. Upon arriving, they are told that their hosts, a Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen (Ulick Norman Owen and Una Nancy Owen ), are currently away, but that the guests will be attended to by Thomas and Ethel Rogers. Each guest finds in his or her room an odd bit of bric-a-brac and a framed copy of the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Soldiers” (“Niggers” or “Indians” in respective earlier editions) hanging on the wall. Before dinner that evening, the guests notice ten soldier boy figurines on the dining room table. During the meal, a gramophone record plays, accusing each of the ten of murder. Each guest acknowledges an awareness of (and, in some cases, involvement with) the deaths of the persons mentioned, but denies either malice and/or legal culpability. The guests realize they have been tricked into coming to the island, but find that they cannot leave: the boat which regularly delivers supplies has stopped arriving. They are murdered one by one, each murder paralleling a verse of the nursery rhyme, with one of the ten figurines being removed after each murder.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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Gary F. Taylor "GFT" says:

A Classic Thriller! Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE should be very close to the top of any mystery fan’s “must read list.” The novel concerns a group of ten previously unacquainted people who are lured via various pretexts to Indian Island, a resort home off the coast of Devon–and are promptly accused by their unseen host of having escaped punishment for past crimes. Cut off from the world and fighting rising panic, they scramble to unmask the killer even as their number is reduced in…

Michael Cheyne says:

Wow! Who would have thought! As I sat down to read this book the afternoon I received it in the mail, many questions passed through my mind. I had never read any of Agatha Christie’s mystery novels, and I wondered, would I like this one? Looking down at the first page somehow I knew that I would.The first chapter sets the stage for the wonderful story to come, and every puzzle piece is set there for the finale.The book is brilliantly written, and masterly crafted by Agatha Christie. Now, do not sit down…

sweetmolly says:

Very Dark Christie Dame Agatha makes a jarring departure in this grim and intricate tale. There is no sleuth, the pace is fast, frenzied and breathless, and rather than “types,” she takes pains with characterizations. The body count is high, and the mode of death frequently untidy. “And Then There Were None” is among the most favored of Christie’s books. It has gone through a few title changes; I knew it as “Ten Little Indians,” and before that it had even a more politically incorrect title. Be forewarned,…

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