Sunday, February 6, 2011

Review - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Summary from back of book

First, there were ten - a curious assortment of stranger 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.

My Review - 4 Great to the Last Drop

There were many that said I won't be able to solve the crime and they were right, lol, I thought of 3 options and all 3 were wrong, i'm proud to say my 1st thought was the last dead, do I get credit for that, hahahaha.

This was my very first read by Agatha Christie, the book many bloggers have talked about.  It was so important I read it I put it for 3 Challenges, I try to read different books for each challenge but felt this would be my major crossover one especially since I have had it over a year.

I liked the idea of the poem Ten Little Indians being used for this mystery and it was on every guests bedroom wall as a remember, talk about in your face, you are going to die, brutal and scary.

The first chapter with the intro of all the characters and getting into the story was one of the best I have ever read, it totally intrigued me and made me want more.

Entertaining is what this was, I thought it was executed amazingly well, great writing craft talent AChristie had.  She is known as the Queen of Crime, if your curious I say go for it.

I have this book but wasn't in the mood to read it so I downloaded it on my Kindle :-)  I just love my kindle.

What is your favourite Agatha Christie crime novel?


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And that I don't owe you dinner. Lol.

    Favorite Christie...oooh, that's tough. How about favorite by category:

    Favorite Hercule Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express; honorable mention: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    Favorite Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd; honorable mention: 4:50 from Paddingtion (aka What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw)

    Favorite Tommy & Tuppence: By the Pricking of My Thumbs

    Favorite Superintendent Battle: The Seven Dials Mystery

    Favorite Non-Regular/Other: The Ten Little Indians (aka: And Then There Were None)

  2. I have only read one but I loved the one I read: Evil Under the Sun.

    I remember I started with a note pad and wrote down all the clues and my theories. I too was wrong. The gal is the queen of mysteries for a reason.

    Great review!

  3. Ooh, I'm an Agatha Christie lover from way back. You should try watching some of the movie adaptations of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. One was at a ski lodge and one was an island like the book. Now that you know the ending - but wait, I think some of the movies changed it. LOL

    My personal favorite detective is Miss Marple and her books are great fun, but Hercule Poirot is great too. So many favorites.

    Hercule Poirot - Murder on the Orient Express, Death in the Clouds, Cards on the Table, Death on the Nile, Murder of Roger Ackroyd is interesting for a reason I can't tell you until you read it.

    Miss Marple - 4:50 From Paddington, Sleeping Murder, A Murder is Announced, The Body in the Library, oh, there are many and the short stories are good too.


  4. I don't know that I could pick a favorite Agatha Christie! My favorite Miss Marple, so far, is 4:50 From Paddington and The Moving Finger. And my favorite Hercule Poirot's are Cards on the Table, Sad Cypress, and Five Little Piggies.

  5. So glad that you loved it! I hope you enjoy some more of her books soon.

    There are far too many to have a favourite, but I do have a soft spot for The Mysterious Affair at Styles. That's a great one!

  6. I think this is my favorite Agatha Christie novel of all time. I read it as a teen and loved that I couldn't guess who the killer was. I thought that it was brilliant! My other favorites are all Poirot novels. He is my favorite of her detectives.

    There is a similarity between this book and Curtain, which is another favorite of mine. I'm glad you enjoyed And Then There Were None. Great review!

  7. o0o0o Ive been wanting to try Agatha Christie out!! might give one a shot!

  8. Glad you liked it! Took some time for me to get used to her writing, since I'm usually a contemporary fiction reader and hardly read any classics or books written before, 1990? :) I remember having a table of all characters and writing down who they were and what they said to try to figure it out, but gave up after a while lol. Here's my review:

    I'd only read one other Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery, and I liked both about the same.

  9. Oops was going to post the link to my review for the 2nd one so you don't have to search:

  10. Hi!
    Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. I've read almost all her books and have never guessed the mystery right. She's really good. My favorite is The Body in the Library. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  11. I have never read Christie! Sorry to get back to you so late, I've been running around a bit, I have surgery on Wed so I need to get my ducks all lined up ;) nothing major, just 6 kids and my bladder aren't a good match so I'm getting all fixed.

    I do have a kindle and just love it!!

    Tomes Devotee

  12. I have never read Agatha Christy... I need to :)

  13. I joined the Agatha Christie Challenge this year, but need to get started! I remember watching the movie based on this book years ago and really liking it.

  14. I still have not read one but Ryan at Wordsmithonia recommended a few for me to start with. So glad you enjoyed this!

  15. I love reading Agatha Christie!!! This is actually my favorite book that I've read by her but I have yet to read one that I didn't like. In fact, I have a personal goal to read every book that she has written. Great review and glad to hear that you enjoyed this one so much!

  16. So, so, so glad that you enjoyed this one - I read this a couple of months ago and was upset that I waited this long in life to read my first Agatha Christie. The poem was fantastic, characters great - I could spend more time with Ms. Christie! :)

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  18. I have a lot of favorite Agatha Christie books, but this one is by far, my favorite of them all. I can't even tell you how many times I've read this one. I'm so glad you loved it.


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