And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None
The World’s Bestselling Mystery
“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U. N. Owen.”
“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.
“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die.
“Seven . . .”
Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?
Flawless. Christie kills off each character one by one, each in a way that is plausible, and still completely blindsides with the killer at the end. At the beginning of the novel, Christie writes that she was exceptionally proud of the novel for accomplishing this hard task so well. I love a woman who is confident and proud of her work. She is basically like “Guys you can all go home, I nailed this mystery thing.”The premise is super spooky too! Ten strangers trapped on an island who are each revealed to have a deadly secret as they are killed off one by one. Perfection.
And Then There Were None kept me guessing the entire time. She wrote this in 1940. 1940! When I started to read, I was cocky that I would figure it out with my knowledge of tactics used in murder mysteries in pop culture from the past couple decades. Yeah, nope. Every one of my hunches would seem like the answer… until that person died. The story ends with an entire explanation (as written by the killer) and I still was not completely sure the identity until I got to the last two words, the killers signature.
- Flawless execution of a mystery that is so simple in premise but completely baffling
The Not So Good
- It got me frustrated with my lack of detective skills 😉
One hundred percent yes. Flawless. Perfection. The Queen of Mystery, indeed!