Firstly, please let me tell you how I picked up this book. I was reading “Murder in Orient Express,” and it was the first time when I discovered Agatha Christie’s breathtaking writing style. Completely fascinated and eager to find new detective stories, Funky Badger came with this recommendation: read “And Then There Were None”. In Romanian, the title sounds like this: “Ten Little Niggers.” And her idea was brilliant, as this thriller book was the best shocker I read so far.
Agatha Christie puts together a mystery story in just 200 pages
Ten people receive a letter or a telegram in which some U.N. Owen invite them on this isolated island, called the Soldier Island. Among these ten, we find a doctor, a soldier of fortune, a judge, a retired policeman, a wealthy playboy, a game mistress, a retired general, a spinster and a married couple. Both of the last two are intendants at the villa at which all of them will live and die.
The premise, as you may guess, is this: ten people get to end their lives in a secret island, based on the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians”. This poem is present in each of their rooms.
Agatha Christie builds the murder situations in a way that every island guest might be the murderer.
“When the sea goes down, there will come from the mainland boats and men. And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Soldier Island.”
Clean-cut mystery story
The premise of the story, exactly how the poem says, is that every day one of the guests will die. This comes as a punishment for the mysterious murders they committed.
The way the author narrates the facts is very dynamic and perfectly structured. The novel is very organized and keeps the reader concentrated. Every time I turned off the page I was wondering “Who’s gonna be the next one and who in the world is the murderer of these ten people?”
Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the actions, just to remark the clean-cut action and Agatha’s work to put together such a talented detective story. You will find so many plots, so many variants of criminals that you can hardly guess who’s the murderer until the end of the story.
A masterpiece to read
If you still haven’t discovered Agatha Christie’s work, as cliche as it may sound, please pick up this book. It may be a good start to fall in love with detective stories.
The real success of “And Then There Were None” was also recognized by the world of cinema. So there is a full series of episodes which have as central plot the Christie’s novel.
I really hope, you little badgers, to enjoy this reading as much as I did.