Agatha Christie, where have you been all my life?

I’ve finally read my first Agatha Christie book! What on earth was I waiting for?

and thenSynopsis:

(via Goodreads)

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . one by one they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Who among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

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 unknown 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.


My Thoughts:

How do I even begin to review a book like And Then There Were None? It’s a classic mystery, considered one of Christie’s best, for a reason. Having never read her books before, I was excited to see whether the build-up would pay off. Trust me, it did.

I was totally charmed by the clever plotting, the tricky twists, the seeds of doubt that accompanied every apparent clue. The drama of this book is so carefully constructed that even though I looked closely for the tip-off to the solution, I never found it.

The introduction in my edition is an excerpt from Agatha Christie’s autobiography, explaining the challenge of pulling off what she accomplishes in this book:

I wrote the book after a tremendous amount of planning, and I was pleased with what I had made of it. It was clear, straightforward, baffling, and yet had an epilogue in order to explain it. It was well received and reviewed, but the person who was really pleased with it was myself, for I knew better than any critic how difficult it had been.

I really enjoyed And Then There Were None, and I’m glad I chose it as an introduction to Agatha Christie. It’s a very quick read, almost begging to be finished in a day’s worth of binge-reading.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Christie’s books, and I’d love recommendations on any favorites!


The details:

Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 1939
Length: 300 pages
Genre: Mystery
Source: Purchased

26 thoughts on “Agatha Christie, where have you been all my life?

  1. I really want to read this book (especially after seeing it was adapted recently into a mini-series event)! Glad to hear it was quick but clever read; I have never read any of Agathan Christie’s books despite knowing of it so yeah, I think I’ll be picking this one up first when I get around to it 🙂

  2. Yes, Agatha Cristie has just got to be one of our master story spinners, isn’t she? She was a junior official in the WW2 too, I’m betting she got a lot of memories & ideas from that.
    I’m a writer too, working onto the first novel:) Writers like her help!
    So, who else do you like?

  3. Agatha Christie is one of my favorites. A mystery writer who had her own real mystery?? Can’t get much better.

    If you can find it, check out Harper’s Island. It’s a modern day mini-series that was based on the book. It is a great interpretation with a fantastic cast. (I haven’t seen the 2015 miniseries yet!)

  4. I devoured Christie when I was in high school and early twenties! Now a forever mystery fan. There is also an old movie version of this book out there, very good. Just saw the new miniseries and it was good too although updated a bit. Must re-visit this book now! Glad you discovered old Agatha!

  5. I don’t read many mysteries but Christie’s books are on my radar – she’s such a classic staple of the genre. I’m glad you really loved this one! ☃☃☃☃

  6. I have vague memory of reading this in highschool, maybe? I’m not really sure and I definitely remember zilch of the plot if I did read it. I have a copy (and a few of her other books) that I really should dive into. In fact, this may be the sort of classic I need to jumpstart my stagnant Classics Club participation.

    • I’m really looking forward to reading more of Agatha Christie, now that I’ve had a first taste. And if this one is any indication, I think these will be good, fast reads to slip in between some of my heftier planned reading when I’m ready to switch things up!

      • I’ve read Murder on the Orient Express and one more that’s on the tip of my tongue but I can’t remember! When I was in junior high, I found some of my dad’s old books which included a few Agatha Christie books and read those immediately. I ended up buying a few of her books at book sales recently but haven’t read them yet either. 😡

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