2008: 179. And Then There Were None

“In the corner of a first-class smoking carriage, Mr. Justice Wargrave, lately retired from the bench, puffed a cigar and ran an interested eye through the political news in the Times.”

And Then There Were None,  Agatha Christie

Another of the classic Christies - in fact, I would say this makes up the big triumvirate with Roger Ackroyd and The Orient Express of her most clever and famous works - books any mystery lover must read, even if they aren’t the biggest fans.  Of course it has some very problematic aspects, namely the whole title thing*, but the mystery itself is like no other.  Ten people arrive on an isolated island, each thinking they have been invited by a friend (or employed by a man named U. N. Owen).  However, it soon becomes clear that the whole thing was a trap.  A record comes on, accusing each guest of uncaught murder, and implying that they will meet justice on that island.  And one by one they slowly start to die...  Who is killing the people on the island? Who is the killer??  


A great creepy mystery - one of the classics.


*In case you didn’t know, it is also published as Ten Little Indians, and was originally published as Ten Little N*****, and since the story is based on the poem in the book, the whole racial aspect is not comfortable. In fact, I have not written on much on the problematic casual racism/anti-semitism in some of her work.  I think, since it is usually in expressions rather than characterizations that it is more a reflection on society than her own terrible racism, but it is upsetting, for sure.


Date/Place Completed: 11/13/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction, Re-read; Agatha Christie Project


© Carrie Dunsmore 2017