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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 One They Fall Prey Before The Weekend Is Out, There Will Be None And Only The Dead Are Above Suspicion

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    There is scarcely any comfort to be found in this book, only an ancient, arcane horror The story is a vast underwater cavern, where nothing flows and nothing ebbs and all is as dark and still as the grave Even my most harrowing nightmares would have never conjured such a soul fearing tale And Then There Were None was uncomfortable as it lodged itself in the darkest corner of my mind The questions it asks and the implications it conceals are still twining up my legs like a barbed vine I liked this book but it honestly isn t an experience I m keen on revisiting So, what s this book about In And Then There Were None s nightmarish tableau, ten people are summoned as house guests to a remote island by a Mr and Mrs U.N Owen The guests assembled trade stiff dialogue over dinner and cocktails while musing about the celebrity of the island and puzzling about their hosts tardiness.The whimsy of the moment, however, ebbs away when a disembodied message blaring from a gramophone tallies, in vivid and mordant detail, their unpunished crimes The house occupants astonishment quickly turns to horror their faces wheeling from the shallows to the depths of terror when shortly after, they all embark on the ghastly business of being murdered, one by one per the instructions of a horrid nursery rhyme.Memories of their misdeeds, which used to be a distant and blurry thing, suddenly come into a sharp, lurid focus Death runs rampant with his bloody scythe on Soldier Island Each creak and groan is a hunter stalking them, each flutter of wind its breath, close against their necks This is their sentence coming to retrieve them Be sure thy sin will find thee out Agatha Christie, an extraordinarily good writer, digs with bright, horrible relish into an exhilarating, unsettling and ingeniously constructed story that relentlessly yanks the brain as it pitilessly disorients the heart She plays the reader with the delicacy and finesse of an expert angler, and doesn t allow you a moment to dig in your heels and stop where you were, just for a while, just long enough to get a better idea of what s ahead The experience of reading this book is akin to walking through a nightmare I could not orient myself, did not know north from south My heart was a fistful of thunder, my mind a whirl pool of possibilities each terrible than the last The not knowing was like a splinter in my mind And as I was tracing the implications of every new revelation, my small, sickly faith was eroding.And Then There Were None is not a light read it is, in fact, unrelentingly harrowing The hermetic, creepy atmosphere of Soldier Island makes a thriving black petri dish of foreboding and distortion And as each of the characters haunting pasts come to light and as their secrets swell to bursting, the book becomes and page turning But what appears to be a thriller is something far perilous Christie imbues the story with a well observed psychological depth that holds its own fascination The surface, of course, is arresting, but the harder you think the further you go, and it keeps on getting productive The mind is an imperfect engine that does what it will with the information it receives But what happens when fear, true fear, takes hold of it and scours out all else When it becomes fractured and wild, crowded with the images of your most torturous evils What happens when your flimsy attempts at exonerating yourself and asserting some kind of spurious decency no longer stand up under the glaring attacks of guilt Each of the ten guests is a mirror, from which there s no escape, reflecting their monstrosity back at each other And this book is, in many senses, an invitation to take a long, hard look at one s own self in the mirror It is also a forensic examination of remorse the kind that is sharp enough to slice a man off his shadows The truth of it eventually draws blood, and when it does, it isn t a clean cut The truth of it hurts jagged Crime is terribly revealing Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions This is, further, a portrait of a psychopath whose beguiling trappings conceal a being watchful, capricious, and heartless They are the author of this horrendous drama a madman of the most blatant kind who suffers an unconquerable confederation of self righteousness and depravity But what is most frightening is not the depth of their evil, but how cold it runs Are humans really capable of being this infatuated with the blood and groaning of the theatrics of murder None of these characters are, of course, the kind of people you want to roll the red carpet for, but does anyone really deserve this The questions this book asks are grim and land too hard to catch but it doesn t make this book s dizzying journey less than worthwhile.If there s a flaw running through And Then There Were None, it s that Christie maintains a respectful distance from her characters, and at times, that distance runs toward dryness I think a bit poison in the pen would have helped in drawing out the characters, some of whom don t entirely step into the page before, y know, they start dropping like flies.Overall, however, And Then There Were None is a highly readable murder mystery and a provocative, pitch black psychological thriller that will be hard to forget BLOG TWITTER INSTAGRAM TUMBLR

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    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 UPDATE Now that I ve read a couple Christie s books I realise that random casual racism and antisemitism was very much her trademark It s almost amazing she could sneak racism into books that have no black characters at all Really off putting and uncomfortable 4.5 starsPS Thanks to karen I have just found this page betterbooktitlesAnd here is their take on Ms Christie

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    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 who has the right to decide what justice 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 the one that may win the contest for the most offensive original title, after all 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 and then there were none What s , they come to realize that the mastermind or maniac has to be among them And the very polite, in the traditional British way game of survival begins, complete with all the necessary societal rituals and classism that are not disposed of even under the threat of imminent demise The politeness and overt show of respect to one another even in the face of imminent murder by someone in their midst because, of course, you would not want to offend anyone Continuing to socialize and take meals together Insisting on chivalry when a woman could be the murderer just as well as a man view spoiler this viewing of women as shrinking violets was what cost Philip Lombard his life in the end hide spoiler

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    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.

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    5 stars to Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None 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 Story Ten people receive a mystery letter from someone they don t know that indicates they should come to a remote island Why would they go 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 But it will never come 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 Strengths 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 Weaknesses 1 Only that there wasn t a follow up Final Thoughts 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.

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    One of the worlds best selling books of all time, Agatha Christie s and Then There Were None sets the standard for crime fiction The book was first published under a different title in jolly old England, but even back in 1939 American publishers were far too politically correct to use a title they found so offensive Still again, in 1964 and again in 1986 a third title was published but political correctness struck again I read the book under the authors original title because I wanted to read it as she intended it The book has inspired radio broadcast, stage adaptations, television mini series, several movies, board and video games As the 1939 story begins, 8 unacquainted guest have been invited to a very large home on an isolated island off the coast of England for a type of holiday When the water ferry drops them off they find their host has not yet arrived but there are two staff members there to meet their needs Soon it is brought to their attention that all 8 guest along with the 2 staff members are accused of various murders from their past Then the first of the guest drops dead By the next morning another of the remaining 9 is found dead There is surely a murderer on the island and as the story continues to unfold the reader is never given any information other than that which the guest may encounter I didn t figure out who done it I do know that I didn t do it But you fellow reader the way you so innocently stopped to read this review Perchance to see if any incriminating evidence has been uncovered. Very suspicious, I say.

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    Reread 2015 Because some Non Crunchy Cool Classic Pantaloonless friends thought I read it wrongTurns out, I did This was a really good mystery insert long winded apology with much groveling Happy, guys The story goes a bit like this 10 strangers each get invitations from someone they think they know, to stay on an island resort Hells yeah Sunshine sea air Well, resort 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.BIG MISTAKE.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 justYOU 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 Wha. Noooo That person died accidentally I was never even a suspect Who dares Harrumph bluster However, within minutes one of them falls over dead.Suicide Or something nefarious 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 than likelythe murderer Dum, dum, duuuuum 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 But what if there isn t anyone left to tell the cops what happened So whodunit I ain t tellin Psst The epilogue is really important.

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    Watch and pray The day of judgement is at hand 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 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 We shall none of us leave this island So creepy RTC

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    This year I have decided to take part in a women s century challenge in the group catching up on classics where the participants read a book written in ten consecutive decades I chose to focus on the 20th century and my 1930s selection is And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie Although I had previously read some of her Hercule Poirot cases, this is my first stand alone mystery of Christie s that I have read A suspenseful premise for a case, And Then There Were None left me on edge for the duration of the book Ten individuals who committed murder at one point in their lives have been invited to Soldier Island for a supposed holiday Upon arrival, the participants note the quaintness of the island and the home which they are staying in Yet, on top of the mantel in each bedroom is the poem ten little Indians In the communal dining room are ten salt shakers each representing a person and the same poem As the group gathers for cocktail hour, a gramophone recording announces the crime each individual is guilty of committing Shocked at first, each person comes to terms with the accusation and reveals what really happened to the group Christie s participants represent a cross section of society including a judge, doctor, Scotland Yard police officer, retired general, mercenary, governess, and spinster None of these primary participants believes themselves guilty of the crime because after all they were acquitted Yet one of their party believes them all to be guilty, or they would not have been invited to Soldier Island One by one the group is murdered, the island is searched, and the dwindling group realizes that there is a murderer in their midst The death mirrors the poem on the wall, and as each person is killed, another salt shaker breaks It is up to the remaining people to identify the murder Unlike Hercule Poirot cases where Christie allows the reader to crack the case early on only to have Poirot peal back layers and layers to the case, in And Then There Were None, Dame Christie does not clue us as to who the murderer is Even someone as myself who reads a fair number of mysteries was left captivated as to whodunit, allowing me to read quickly until the end of the book The participants were also held in suspense, accusing each other of being the murderer This lead to a revealing denouement, one that had me guessing until the last page I have read many mysteries written by women, including many cases starring female private eyes and police detectives Many of these mystery writers have Dame Agatha Christie to thank for paving their way as early as the 1920s And Then There Were None first appeared in serial form, leaving its readers in suspense until the next installment appeared A captivating mystery, I am open to reading of Christie s stand alone cases, and rate this mystery 4 stars.