Dust off your Classics : And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

November 18, 2013 Book review, Dust off Your Classics 21 ★★★★★

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.

 

Dust off your Classics : And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
on 01 Jan 1939
Genres: Classic, Mystery
Pages: 247
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

"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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21 Responses to “Dust off your Classics : And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie”

  1. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    Isn’t it just amazing when you read a book like that and just…are obsessed! The fact that these classics are timeless is something that I just continue to marvel at. It means that no matter how the world changes, the book is still great, relatable, and amazing. How do they do that?!
    Haha it sounds like a definitely awesome mystery, if she wrote any haunted house mysteries or dinner party murder mystery in a big old house — I’d love to read one of those! Let me know if you come across something like that 🙂
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    • trish

      I know, I always think I won’t relate to them but over and over again I find something that just appeals to me. I love how easy this one is to read as I hate classics I have to struggle with.
      This is a little bit like a dinner party murder! But it’s a group of people on an Island for a weekend and they can’t get off.

    • trish

      I just googled that one, I think I’ve seen the film but I’ll keep an eye out for the book now. It is hard to believe that the books can still be relevant but I guess a well written book is timeless.

  2. Cayce

    YAY!!! And Then There Were None is one my favorite Agatha Christie books (definitely in the top three) so I’m really glad you loved it. READ MORE of her books (an the tv series is wonderful as well!), they are all really good (some more than others though…)” all the clues were there, I just overlooked them” in her stories that happens with me all the time was well. After my nth AC book I got a little better at using my “little grey cells” but she still manages to surprise me at least a little each time.

    And I’d also recommend… all of her books?… no?… okaaay, let’s see… ABC Murders, N or M? and The Seven Dials Mystery 🙂
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    • trish

      I have seen both Miss Marple and Poirot on TV a bit but will make more of an effort now to watch full episodes and not bits here and there! I really, really want to go see Mousetrap now as well. And yay, more books for me to check out, thanks Cayce. Another great thing about these books is that they will be really easy to find secondhand, that’s always a plus 🙂

    • trish

      I was blown away at how simple yet clever this book was. And there is not many classics (none that I can think of!) that you can say that about 🙂

    • trish

      I’m so excited that I have found a ‘new’ (lol) author to love! And even better it will be so easy to pick the books up secondhand, I’ll be hunting them down 🙂

  3. Lark

    I reread this very book back in September…and loved it just as much the second time around as I did the first. It’s such a classic murder mystery. And even though I’d read it once before, I’d forgotten who the murderer was, and totally didn’t guess right. This book has made me want to read a lot more Agatha Christie, too.
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    • trish

      LOL, I’m like that with books too. If I leave them long enough, I forget the details so I get to experience it all over again 🙂 Have you read any other ones Lark?

      • Lark

        I’ve read one of her Miss Marple books, which was pretty good; but I’m not a huge fan of her Hercule Poirot books. I just checked Three Blind Mice out of the library…it’s supposed to be what her play Mousetrap is based on; I’ll let you know if it’s any good.
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  4. Wattle

    I think you’ve convinced me that I need to read this 🙂 I haven’t read many classics, because I find the language so…dry and bloated I suppose? I tend to stick with Arthur Conan Doyle, to be completely honest lol I do love murder mysteries though, so it has gone on the list!
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    • trish

      Yay! Hope you love it! I love ACD as well but this is an easier read to be honest. Be sure and let me know what you think if you get to it!

  5. Laura van Leeuwen

    This is one of her best books, however you should totally read these other books by AC: murder on the orient express, the murder of roger ackroyd, the abc murders and death on the nile! These are the best in my opinion 🙂

  6. Lisa

    ‘Then There Were None’ is one of my very favorite novels by Agatha Christie. I also love ‘Curtain’ by Agatha Christie, which is another one of my favorite novels that she’s written!!
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