Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Book Report: And Then There Were None

"Constance Culmington, he reflected to himself, was exactly the sort of woman who would buy an island and surround herself with mystery! Nodding his head in gentle approval of his logic, Mr. Justice Wargrave allowed his head to nod... He slept..."

And Then There Were None is an Agatha Christie mystery novel first published in 1939.

Excellent premise. 10 people are invited to Indian Island for a relaxing holiday by a mysterious host {Mr./Mrs. "U.N. Owen"--ie. unknown}. After they arrive, the never-seen host accuses each person of murder. The guests realize they've been tricked into coming, but there's no escape.

And then the romp begins. One by one, the visitors are knocked off. This is a classic who-dunnit that will leave you guessing until the epilogue.

No kidding. Ms. Christie knew how to structure a mystery with all the requisite clues, tricks and turns that will keep you puzzled and enthralled page after page.

I've never been a huge fan of detective/mystery novels, but after reading The Maltese Falcon and And Then There Were None, I'm glad I added the genre to my 2009 reading list.

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