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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (May 13 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312979479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312979478
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "madonluv" on July 5 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie on June 28 2004
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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 By A Customer on July 11 2004
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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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Ten strangers are invited to an island retreat by a mysterious but evidently wealthy U.N. Owen under various pretences—to reminisce with mutual war buddies, to spend a week vacationing courtesy of an old acquaintance, to act as a butler or security guard. Over cocktails on the first night, the butler plays a record under instructions from Owen, who has not yet arrived. To everyone's shock, the record is a voice recording accusing each guest of getting away with murder.

Almost immediately, one of the guests collapses and is found dead from asphyxiation by cyanide poisoning. The group dismisses the death as a suicide brought on from guilt under the accusations, but when another guest is found dead from a sedative overdose the next morning, suspicion starts to mount. Moreover, the group notices something bizarre—out of ten decorative figurines on the dining room table, two are now smashed.

Later, another of the guests wanders off in search of solitude amongst all the tension, and is found killed by a blow to the head. A third figurine, too, is smashed, and even more disturbingly, the guests notice that the three deaths have followed the pattern in a poem framed in each bedroom of the house:

"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.
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