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Subject: And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie **May Contain Spoilers**
Date Posted: 7/6/2009 9:09 PM ET
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I just bet my mom $20 that she can't guess who dunnit and how before the last chapter. I just finished the book tonight, and was glued to every word of it, constantly guessing and making theories. And then when I found out who it was, I still didn't know how until literally the last paragraph. It was amazing!

My mother prides herself on always knowing the ending of every book and movie....but I'm certain there's no way she can figure this one out. So I'm taking the book to her tomorrow and she'll probably have it read within a couple of days. Can't wait to see!

Date Posted: 7/7/2009 11:33 PM ET
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LOL! I love, love LOVE that book...it is my all-time favorite mystery ever. I re-read it about every five or ten years and up until the most recent couple of readings, I forgot in between times who had done it and how it was done and had to try to figure it out all over again. LOL I just re-read it last month and thoroughly enjoyed it even though I *did* remember that time whodunit.

Have you seen the old black and white movie based on it? It's called Ten Little Indians, and it's great, too!


Date Posted: 7/8/2009 11:43 AM ET
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I havent' read that in a long time. I've forgotten how it went. I'll have to reread that.  I recently listened to  The Secret of Chimneys and I have to say I did not see the ending coming.  I had no clue.  She really was the greatest mystery writer. 

Chimneys kind of put me in the mood to go back and reread all her books.   I read most of them in High School which was 20 yrs ago.  The only one I really remember is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 

Netflix has the Miss Marple TV show from the 80's on it to watch instantly.  I don't know how much they changed for the TV show though.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 7:38 PM ET
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It is a great book. I also liked The Secret of Chimneys. Another one I really liked was set in Egypt a long time ago. It isn't Death on the Nile. LOL - I'm going to have to figure it out now and go re-read it.  Oh wait. Death Comes As the End is the title. Yeah, I should definitely go re-read it. :)

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 10:00 PM ET
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I added Ten Little Indians to my queue on netflix. I should receive it on Monday. I always want to research stuff, so I did when I finished this book, and that was the title of the book before it changed to And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. What was more surprising was that before it was called Ten Little Indians, it was actually titled Ten Little N******. I can't believe that...and it's obvious why that title didn't last long.

Date Posted: 7/10/2009 10:05 PM ET
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This is one of my all-time favorite mystery novel!!  Love it so much - and I definitely think it's time for a re-read :)

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 10:18 AM ET
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I enjoyed that one too and was so mad at myself for not figuring it out! I also liked a few others..I mostly like the Miss Marple ones though.

Date Posted: 7/11/2009 7:13 PM ET
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That was what started me reading Agatha Christie------never knowing" who dun it.". I think I have read all of her books and have a lot of them posted for swap. My favorite tv shows were the Hercule Poirot series.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 10:57 AM ET
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I love Christie's books, have a shelf of old paperbacks from 25-30 years ago that I still read over and over. If you haven't read them, may I suggest "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" and "Cards on the Table." 


Date Posted: 7/12/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Cassie, I just ordered this book off your shelf.  Believe it or not, I've never read much Christie.  I read a few when I was young but never read this one.


Date Posted: 7/21/2009 10:13 AM ET
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I love Agatha Christie, and have since I was 10 or 12.  Back then I read them for the puzzles, now I read (and listen on tape) for the humor.  I just finished listening to Evil Under the Sun and was impressed not only by the mystery Christie set up, but the humor she had laced throughout the book. If you haven't read that one, I'd definitely recommend it. 

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 4:33 PM ET
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I love Agatha Christie and And Then There Were None has been my favorite since I was 10 years old.  Word of advice though- skip the movie version called 10 Little Indians- they really change the story.  No film or stage version uses the novel's ending, but Rene Clair's 1945 movie version, also titled And Then There Were None, is the best.

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 12:56 PM ET
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I was thinking about hosting an Agatha Christie Swap in teh games forum.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 12:55 PM ET
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The last sentence of the book before the epilogue is chillingly perfect:  "She kicked away the chair..."

Hollywood didn't have the guts to make the movie with the real ending.  They had to add a romantic ending, totally ruining the story.

And Then There Were None is the American title.  The original  British title was "Ten Little N-----", later changed to "Ten Little Indians."  But in 1939 in England when the book was first published, the term n------ wasn't nearly as derogatory as it is today.   The American publisher frequently changed the titles of Christie's book to ones they thought would better appeal to American readers.  The old English nursery rhyme was "Ten Little N----," but it referred to the dark-skinned people of India (a British colony at the time), not to people of African descent.