Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Review: And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

5 stars

Reasons for reading: Mystery for the Genre Challenge; have always meant to read it

From the publisher: "First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers 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.

First line: "In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed at a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times."

My thoughts: I was so taken with this book!! It's so very ingenious. Of course, the plot is a bit of a cliche nowadays, but that's because Agatha Christie did such an amazing job of it the first time! I loved how it stuck to the 10 Little Indians poem laid out at the beginning and how that added to the creepiness.

I believe this is the second Christie book I've read - I read Murder on the Orient Express when I was a teenager and remember liking it. I obviously should read some more! Sometimes I find older books dated, but the 30's-40's charm of Christie's books really works for me.

There's not much else I can say - if you've read it (and you probably have) you know what happens and if you haven't (you should!), I won't spoil it. I, as usual, had no idea whodunnit but I've decided that, rather than making me a lazy and non-perceptive reader, it just means life holds lots of surprises for me, which is great! My husband read it when he was like 10 and had it all figured out, of course. He's incredibly smart and is the opposite of me, life holds no suprises for him. :-)

The verdict: Read it!


Julie said...

This is in my huge tub of books to read. I read it in 7th grade and loved it!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Yay! I was just so enthralled. I can't believe everyone else seems to have been reading Agatha Christie as a kid and here I am, a big ol' grown-up and I still can't guess whodunnit! :)

Jena said...

You know, after I read this one, I never felt the need to read any more of Agatha Christie's books--I just didn't see how they could get any better than this one. Glad you liked it, too! (I recommended this one a lot to my 8th & 10th grade students.)

Laura Schaefer said...

Cool. My best friend just read an Agatha Christie for her book club, which made me add it to the list. Now I have double the reason. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I loved the movie made about this book!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Teashop Girl - You're welcome, thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed The Teashop Girls, by the way!

Stacy - Yeah, I want to see it now! I've just asked our library to buy it, I figure it's a good one to have, based on a book and all!