Dust off your Classics : And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
And Then There Were None is the third book I’ve read for our Dust off Your Classics challenge and it’s a 5 star stunner of a book! Seriously, I adored it so prepare yourself for some serious book raving! Previous books for the challenge were Sherlock Homes and Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
on 01 Jan 1939
Genres: Classic, 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?
My Thoughts on And Then There Were None
I had never read an Agatha Christie book before even though I love murder mysteries. I had this idea in the back of my head that this book would be a bit tame and full of pompous characters but I kept seeing people reference this book as their favourite Agatha Christie so I decided to give it a go. And now I’m convinced; Agatha Christie is the undisputed Queen of Murder Mysteries. Yes, just one book was all that took. Seriously, this book is amazing! So amazing that it left me reeling and fangirling like crazy on twitter with some other fans.
First off there is a childrens rhyme, that links back to all of the murders so it should be easy to solve. Right? Wrong! And then there are ten characters, so it will all get confusing. Right? Wrong! And it will all get a bit ridiculous with all those murders. Right? Wrong! This book could have gone so badly wrong but Agatha Christie skilfully planned this book so it avoided all the potholes that it could fallen in to. Instead you have a book that is captivating and absorbing and that gets all your brain cells working on triple time to try and solve this. I didn’t but looking back all the clues were there, I just overlooked them!
This is one of those books that will never grow old. While the setting has aged and the characters would be out of place in the modern world, it is so well described that it feels familiar and I could see all the characters in my head. The plot is timeless and I think trying to solve it will continue to give pleasure to readers for generations to come. And one of my issues with many classics is the language used, this isn’t a problem in this book. The book is very readable and you won’t have to stop and try to figure out the meaning of lengthy sentences. Just the opposite really, the sentences are short and simple. All the complexity is in the plot but even that is simple when explained in the epilogue.
It is one of those books that the less you know in advance, the more you will enjoy it. So go in blind but if you are a fan of murder mysteries, just make sure you add this one to your to-read list if you haven’t already read it. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did! I can’t wait to read more AC now, so if you are a fan PLEASE leave me suggestions on which ones to try next. I don’t need to go to any fortune teller to see a lot of AC reading in my future as I know it will be the case 🙂
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