Ten people, all brought out to a mysterious island for various reasons. The servants are a married couple, but other than that – there is no connection between any of the others. They all discover that none of them have actually met their host, and that the host is not on the island. After the first evening’s dinner, a recording plays that accuses each guest (including the servants) of murder, complete with dates and names of their victims…. and then they each start to die, one by one.
THIS, right here, is why Agatha Christie is the Queen of Mystery!
I don’t really remember reading Christie before, although I do have a memory of looking for her books in my public library when I was in 7th or 8th grade. So for all intents and purposes, we’ll call this my first Agatha Christie book.
I will say that the first two or three chapters were a little confusing for me, and for good reason. The entire plot is set up quickly, and we are introduced to ten very different characters. But by the third chapter (or whenever that first dinner is held), the pacing picks up very quickly and it is much easier to keep things sorted. Also, the body count goes up at a pretty steady pace, so there are less suspects, I mean characters, to keep track of. And yet, the final twist at the end was a complete surprise to me. I was completely fooled and never saw it coming! I am definitely a fan, and will keep looking for her books when I am in the mood for a good mystery.
And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
William Morrow, 2011. Originally published 1940.
Source: Purchased New