This quick read is highly, highly enjoyable. I'm not a fan of British mystery, but this could change my mind. It plays out like a Friday the 13th film, but following a foreboding poem. You have a strange feeling that just like the poem, the characters will start to drop one by one, until none are left. For me, it was impossible to guess the culprit. Recommended for mystery lovers as an absolute classic.
This is one of my favorite mysteries!!! I will not give you a synopsis but only this: if you want a good introduction into mystery books, then pick this one up. A classic!!!!
This is one of Christie's best mysteries. It has a great twisted plot with lots of surprises to keep you in suspense. People of several ages, professions, and British classes are invited to an isolated island by devious means only to find that their host and hostess, Mr & Mrs U. N. Owen never arrive. Shortly after all have settled in, the butler plays a recorded message charging that each of those present in the house was a murderer and though they could never be delivered to rightful justice under British law, justice would now be served. Of course each denies the charges against themselves, but to the child's nursery rhyme of Ten Little Indian Boys, each meets his or her fate and death. As the death toll mounts, the remaining victims search frantically for the killer and a way off the island. Tension builds amongst them until they realize that the person killing them off one by one has to be one of them. Who is the real U. N. Own and how can they find him and save themselves? A suspensefully great story with a really astonishing ending.
Very interesting book, but it was a little hard to follow at times.
I adore Agatha Christie, and this is the best one **ever!!**
This is probably my favorite book ever - it is AMAZING.
"Ladies and gentlemen! Silence, please!" Everyone was startled. They looked round-at each other, at the walls. Who was speaking? The voice went on-a high clear voice.
"You are charged with the following indictments:"
Then the voice named the people at the bar and who they had murdered.
This is my favorite Agatha. It kept me guessing all along. Kind of a version of the locked room with ten people alone on an island in a gothic setting. They meet their demise one by one until the survivor is left to face the consequence of being prosecuted for nine deaths. But, who will be the last one standing? Suspicion swings back and forth. If you pay attention you may be able to outwit the author: maybe not.
A classic with a good ending.
One of Agatha Christie's best books....very hard to put down...a good story line.
A classic Agatha Christie. A great mystery that will keep you wanting more. This is one of my favorite books!
Agatha Christie's classic masterpiece of murder and suspense! A+
There is no better author, and this is one of her best!
I had never read Agatha Christie before. I read this for a book club and really enjoyed it. I lliked how she made you think to stay ahead of the story. I really became involved in it.
An Agatha Christie classic. What more needs to be said?
Christie remains an outstanding author, even though these were written years ago.
Wonderful classic who done it book. Although it may be difficult for today's audience, I urge anyone to stick with it because it just simply a good read. I read it in one night. Love it when a book captures you like this one does.
A review from Amazon.com:
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 macabre accordance with the "Ten Little Indians" nursey rhyme displayed in rooms throughout the house.
Agatha Christie was already famous when AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (also known under the title TEN LITTLE INDIANS) was published--but this book put her career well over the top: nothing like it had seen before, it proved a sensation, and writers and film-makers continue to use Christie's basic idea to this very day. Some critics argue the novel is mechanical rather than organic, but I say if this is mechanical, let's have more of it! It is truly a can't-put-it-down, non-stop read, a spectacular turn by the genre's single most celebrated author.
The success of the novel inspired Christie to adapt it for the stage, where it was a tremendous success, and there have been several film versions (most notably the 1940s Rene Clair-directed AND THEN THERE WERE NONE) over the years. If you know the story only from stage and film versions, however, you are in for a surprise. Christie felt the novel's conclusion did not translate well to the stage, so she re-wrote it--and most film versions follow the stage script, not the novel. But whether you've seen the play and films or not, get ready for a shock!