And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

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Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine ... When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale?
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011.
Edition: 1st Harper paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780062073471
0062073478
Branch Call Number: FIC CHRISTIE
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 21 cm.

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HCPLC_Fiction Feb 24, 2021

When a group of dinner party guests realize that something is not quite right with their surroundings, it’s already too late as the killer starts to pick them off one-by-one. A perfect place to start if you are not familiar with the mystery genre. Plus, how can you start off a list like this with... Read More »


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abi_lou
May 05, 2021

Agatha Christie is regarded as a master of her craft for a reason, and And Then There Were None is a great example of that reason. It is a murder mystery to outdo all murder mysteries – because without the confession at the end of the book, I know I would have spent weeks and months and years even musing over this book, trying to figure out how they all died and who the murderer was! Even during my reread of this book, a year or so after I first read it when I couldn’t remember the culprit’s identity, only certain clues and plot points, I found myself confounded and amazed. And Then There Were None is, quite simply, a work of genius that deserves all its acclaim. Any readers who are on the hunt for a good mystery that will surprise you with its conclusion, I highly suggest this one!

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kmeckelberger
Apr 29, 2021

Arguably, And Then There Were None is Christie's most well-known work. I didn't know too much about the plot other than it is a closed circle mystery that takes place on an island. This is one of the very few instances where I wouldn't have wanted to know more. In short summation, eight guests are invited to an island with two servants. One by one the guests are murdered according to a nursery rhyme.

While I enjoyed this book, I didn't like it as much as I anticipated. Perhaps this is because little happens before the first murder fiving the reader such a short amount of time to get to know the characters. I enjoy getting to know the characters before and after the crime so I can flesh out the murdered. I also never suspected the murderer for even a moment, which bummed me out a bit.

Even though I didn't love this novel, I would still recommend this book as it's an important book in the mystery genre.

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Walter724
Apr 28, 2021

This is a great story! I never would have read it if I hadn't seen the recently-made TV series based on the book. I like this story because it's unique for Agatha Christie as well: there's no Poirot or Miss Marple. It's suspenseful, and well-written! I recommend it!

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grieta
Apr 19, 2021

Diabolically ingenious! Delicious.

On a side note ... I find AC's writing style a bit brusk and I had to wonder why. Turns out it's so clean and devoid of "filler copy" (y'all know what I mean ... like three (3) page descriptions of houses, streets and/or fashion) that I hadn't realized it needed to be "an acquired taste"! On to the next!!

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Anita_Dickey
Mar 18, 2021

I read this book to fulfill the goal read a locked room mystery. The "locked-room" or "impossible crime" mystery is a subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime (almost always murder) is committed in circumstances under which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene. I always enjoy a good Agatha Christie. I was a bit perturbed when i thought the book was over and still no one really knew who did it. i thought it was going to leave a lot of loose messy ends. however after the epilogue is a nice chapter summing up and explaining everything. I recommend it.

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black_cat_2217
Mar 17, 2021

I examined this book to fulfill the objective perused a bolted room puzzle. The "locked-room" or "impossible crime" riddle may be a sub-genre of analyst fiction in which wrongdoing is committed in circumstances beneath which it was apparently outlandish for the culprit to commit the wrongdoing or sidestep discovery within the course of getting in and out of the wrongdoing scene. I continuously appreciate a great Agatha Christie. I was a bit irritated when I thought the book was over and still no one truly knew who did it. I thought it was attending to take off a parcel of free untidy closes. be that as it may, after the epilog could be a decent chapter summing up and clarifying everything.

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Anita_Dickey
Feb 27, 2021

I read this book to fulfill the goal read a locked room mystery. The "locked-room" or "impossible crime" mystery is a subgenre of detective fiction in which a crime (almost always murder) is committed in circumstances under which it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime or evade detection in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene. I always enjoy a good Agatha Christie. I was a bit perturbed when i thought the book was over and still no one really knew who did it. i thought it was going to leave a lot of loose messy ends. however after the epilogue is a nice chapter summing up and explaining everything. I recommend it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 22, 2021

The Queen of Mystery's most acclaimed book is, frankly, an exhilarating 'Whodunnit' roller coaster. “There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world—an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.” When 10 strangers are invited to an island off the coast of Devon, they are elated. However, things quickly take a wrong turn when their guilty secrets from the past are revealed, and one of them is murdered. Isolated from everyone except themselves, they must figure out who is the murderer, as one by one, they all succumb to death. This is my personal favourite novel of all time. I recommend it to all who can handle themes of guilt, murder, and extreme justice, as it is a classic murder mystery. When I was reading this book, I just couldn't put it down. You'll be on the edge of your seat from the moment they set foot on the island, till the epilogue. The killer is a sadistic mastermind, who has a unique reason to do what they do, making them all the more terrifying. The tension and mood this novel creates is exemplary and makes you feel as if you are on the island yourself. When there are only three of them left, the atmosphere and tension are so realistic, every move they make is surrounded by an aura of guilt, and isolation. The novel does a fantastic job of fixing the reader into a trance, where they put themselves in the character's shoes, and if they close the book, it's as if they have been killed. Never before have I felt so indulged into reading a book and thought of for so many days. Throughout the novel, we see themes of guilt and justice. "And Then There Were None," a fascinating 'Whodunnit novel' that indulges deep into the effects of guilt and leaves the reader in a trance. Truly, Agatha Christie's best work. 5/5. -@Broda of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is a novel about ten strangers who are all invited to a private island for the weekend and end up getting trapped on it. Each person has a record of murder is some way, even if it is not direct, but their crimes are not punishable by law. One by one, everyone gets killed and the killings are all based off of the popular nursery rhyme of “Ten Little Soldiers.'' They don’t know who the murderer is, but they know it must be someone amongst the ten of them. I personally really enjoyed this book! I haven’t read many mystery books, so this book definitely was the best way to get me hooked onto the genre. Something that I particularly liked was how the killings were all associated with a nursery rhyme because it just made it seem more eerie and connected. This book left me guessing until the very end and I would definitely recommend it to others!!

FPL_John Nov 05, 2020

This story had me on the edge of my seat right up to the end. I'm not usually a fan of murder mysteries, but this one really kept my attention. I liked the ending best - I thought I knew what was going on and then found out I was completely wrong. A great story I'd highly recommend.

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LoganEva
Feb 12, 2021

Ten strangers are invited to a mysterious island where they are killed one by one.

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tuzhijizha
May 12, 2018

最后的尾声揭露真相,前面的对话很多但是调理很清晰,繁而不乱,每个人的关系以及最后三人的互相猜忌也是很经典的一幕。虽然之前看过中文版的了,但是英文原版更有味道。

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learn4life
Jul 26, 2014

10 ordinary people are invited to an island by one mysterious U.N. Owen. And one by one, each of the guests suddenly die. When they discover that they are the only ones on the island, it dawns on them that one of them is the murderer.

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iwasthewalrus
Jul 05, 2012

Ten unique people are invited to Indian Island by U.N Owen, a man none of them are acquainted with. They start to believe one of them in U.N Owen and they realize the importance of discovering which one of them it is - as they all slowly begin to die.

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Harsharitu
Feb 26, 2012

Set in the early 20th century, ten guests are invited to the famous Indian Island by an unknown host, known as U.N. Owen. Each of the guest has a dirty secret, all are murderers who have somehow escaped their punishment. One by one, each of the guest is murdered, and Then There Were None!

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SF_READER
Oct 04, 2019

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

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hmatulek
Jun 04, 2018

"There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world—an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return."

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learn4life
Jul 26, 2014

10 little soldier boys went out to dine,
One choked his little self, and then there were nine.

Nine little sailor boys sat up very late,
One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight little sailor boys travelling in Devon,
One said he'd stayed there, and then there were seven.

Seven little sailor boys chopping up sticks,
One chopped himself in halves, and then there were six.

Six little sailor boys playing with a hive,
A little bee stung one, and then there were five.

Five little sailor boys going in for law,
One got a chancery, and then there were four.

Four little sailor boys going out to sea,
A red herring swallowed one, and then there were three.

Three little sailor boys going to the zoo,
A big bear hugged one, and then there were two.

Two little sailor boys sitting in the sun,
One got frizzled up, and then there was one.

One little sailor boy left all alone,
He went and hung himself,

And then there were none.

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iwasthewalrus
Jul 05, 2012

"People don't like a Coroner's Inquest, even is the Coroner did acquit me of all blame!"

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learn4life
Jul 26, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: May be overwhelming to sensitive minds.

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iwasthewalrus
Jul 05, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Like most of Agatha Christie's books the amount of suspense is overwhelming.

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