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And Then There Were None [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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May 13 2001
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 unkonwn 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.

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Considered the best mystery novel ever written by many readers, And Then There Were None is the story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Agatha Christie's masterpiece.' Spectator 'One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies.' Observer 'The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.' Daily Herald 'One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day.' Time Magazine 'There is no doubt that this is a highly ingenious jigsaw by a master of puzzling.' Books 'There is no cheating; the reader is just bamboozled in a straightforward way from first to last The most colossal achievement of a colossal career. The book must rank with Mrs Christie's previous best - on the top notch of detection.' New Statesman 'The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written.' New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Doom July 5 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel should have come with a warning.
DO NOT READ IF YOU'RE SEVERELY PARANOID
Because the machinations at the heart of this novel is that there are no secrets, even between strangers. And who knows, maybe one day, someone very evil and demented will happen upon the very thread that linked them all and pull at it. With devastating consequences.
Strangers stranded on an island is nothing new in the literature world, but strangers on a comfy island and getting nicked one by one is new, not to mention when after a while, no one else is left!
Toying with this plot, which Agatha Christie claimed to be the most taxing plot of them all, the story unfolds with a very energetic, very handsome man speeding down a road in a new shiny car with the women swooning after him. A few chapters later we see him choking on his drink while dining, and seconds later died. The first line of the nursery rhyme has been realised, and there are nine more to follow...
Christie's toying with the rhyme is very delightful, albeit cruel and frightening. There was a moment where the characters were discussing about the rhyme and wondering where in the world would their demented tormentor find a red herring or a bear, as suggested in these lines:
Four Little Indian boys going out to sea
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Indian boys walking to the zoo
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Without giving anything away, suffice to say that Agatha Christie got her bear and red herring just the way she wanted them. And the ending is simply haunting and depressive. Not your usual Christie, but her best ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Christie mystery and I got hooked! June 28 2004
By Katie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read And then there were none in fifth grade (my older brother was reading it for class and I picked it up) and it scared me to death. It was my first Christie novel and although the plot totally freaked me out, I got hooked. Despite everything I loved it and years later when I finally got over my initial fear in middle school I reread it. And I got started on all her other books.
Now in high school, I look back on a year where I have made quite a dent into Agatha Christie's mysteries. I have been literally gobbling them up and enjoying each and every one. Some I like better than others, and this one will always be at the top of that list. It was my first and it is my favorite.
And then there were none has had an abundance of titles. From 10 Little Indians and something even less appropriate, the title has gradually changed until it settled on this. The story is of ten people, gathered on an island by someone they don't know. One by one they are done away with according to the nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians. (That was the part that really creeped me out but Christie uses the nursery rhyme plot device in quite a few of her mysteries.) The first dies at dinner the first day and everyone else slowly follows suit (according to the rhyme of course). The murders are sometimes quite gruesome. A search of the island reveals that the killer is one of the ten, and tensions mount as ten becomes nine, then eight, then seven...and then there were none.
My favorite character from the beginning was Vera, so I was able to stick with the book until the end. It seems slow at some parts, especially in the beginning, but soon it has you hooked as the murders come faster and closer together. Overall, it is a total masterpiece, and I still don't understand how Christie managed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!! July 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One day, I was browsing online on Amazon, I saw this book. I heard that this book was great so I bought it. It turned out to be amazing, suspenseful, exciting, and awesome at the same time. Now I know why Agatha Christie is the "Queen of Crime." Her books all have a surprising ending!!!! I recommend this book to anybody who likes murder mysteries!! Got to read it!!! So good! I could spend a whole day reading this book!!! It's that good! I would rate this book more than five stars if I could! This book is worth your money!! Don't ever regret buying this book!!!
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By Shane
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Agatha Christie has been an expert at tricking readers into finding a murderer. And there is no exception in this book. Christie was an author with big brains. This book features a murderer using the 'Ten Little Indians' poem to kill ten guests gathered around from mysterious letters. In the beginning, it starts up with each character introudcing themselves, thinking of what they would be doing.
It is a great book: and the killer isn't who you think until you get to about the 3rd person. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because some of the characters were beyond crazy. A previous Christie book I'd read: the dialogue was more calmed and stretched out, while this was all in a rush. That shouldn't stop you from buying the book, though. Another reason I gave this only 4 stars was because the killer was pretty obvious by the end. It has happened in some of the other Christie books, but there was also more to the story.
But, in the end: you cannot put this book again. I'd thought someone else was the killer, and someone else had the motive, but it seems that was definitely true. Christie models her books like professionally carved sculptures. Just remember: the obviously stated isn't always obvious.
Overall Rating: 4.6/5
Pros: Very great book, you can't put it down, based on the Ten Little Indians poem
Cons: The dialogue is stretched out, and everyone is frantic, and frightened so much, the killer is obvious
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4.0 out of 5 stars such a fun mystery!
I honestly didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. My very first Agatha Christie and what a joy it was to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynne Frappier
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Published 15 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book
This is another good book of Agatha Christie's. I also think, that if you've seen the movie that is out for this book of hers, you won't be TOO disappointed (especially if you have... Read more
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this is a typical agatha christie novel. it is well written, although a bit outdated in it's use of language. it is a mystery with a twist... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2011 by saphire55
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Published on March 4 2011 by Moran
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't doubt her talent
I don't doubt the author's talent for writing wonderful prose but for this reader this book wasn't it. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2010 by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Agatha Christie novels
This book is an addictive page-turner. I really felt under stress while reading it, its constant suspense being so unnerving. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2010 by Eager Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars too obvious
the resolution of "and then there were none" is pretty simplistic. I figured most of it out except for who the killer was. So how do all ten end up dead? Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2004 by Jeffrey kaufmann
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