Thursday, 11 May 2017

Reading My Books - And then there were none

Well, I was sure that I knew "whodunit" in this book right from the start.  It seemed as though I was wrong.  Or was I?  Had I actually been cleverer than I had thought.  I cannot tell you any more though without giving things away.

I will give you my review of the book though!



And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is neither a Poirot or Miss Marple mystery, instead it is a standalone story, without a detective to lead the story along.  It tells the story of a group of strangers invited to stay or work on Indian Island.  The new owner is holding a house party, but then the owner doesn't turn up.  Where is he.  Why have these people been invited to this strange and isolated place.

This is what the book blurb has to say about the story:-

"Agatha Christie has been honoured by the Queen of England with the title "Dame Agatha Christie" and The New Yorker has observed of her works that they "have probably been outstripped in sales only by Shakespeare and the Bible".  There can be little doubt that the more than 80 novels she has written are all considered significant contributions to the field of detective fiction.  However, And Then There Were None is regarded by most critics as her masterpiece.  In this extraordinary mystery story ten bodies are found by Scotland Yard inspectors on a deserted island - ten murder victims, yet no murderer in sight, and no way the murderer could have escaped!  It is not only the solution, but the construction of this ingenious novel that accounts for its tremendous ongoing popularity."

While the blurb is very complimentary about Christie, her work and this story - sentiments that I agree with - it doesn't tell us much about the story and what is to happen.  It is as mysterious as the story is.  This is my own, more sensational blurb suggestion.

"Ten strangers marooned on an isolated island.  Although they don't immediately realise they are stranded there.  Events take a disturbing turn on the first evening and do not improve in the coming days.  Who is U N Owen, why has he not arrived to host this house party.  Where do the Indians go to and who is behind their disappearance.  Does the poem really foretell events or is it all coincidence.  Who is responsible for the events on Indian Island and why.  What happens to the 10 strangers seems impossible, and it seems impossible when the police come to investigate.  Or is it?"

I think that sums up as much as I can tell you about the plot without giving the game away.  I can tell you though that this is a fast paced and well written story.  It is interesting and really keeps you reading and trying to work things out.  As I have read more Christie books I have started to note the clues to look out for to try and solve the mystery, and in this case I definitely spotted quite a few of the clues and I was sure that I was onto the killer, but then I appeared to be wrong, but actually I turned out in the very end that I was right, but after a lot of twists and turns!! 

I thoroughly recommend this book.  It gets a 9 out 10 for me only because Christie did her classic "twist" which means that we cannot solve the story because we are not actually given all of the information, it would have given the game away if we knew all, but one more clue and we could have had it and it would still have been a great story in my opinion.  This book is being passed on to a friend who mentioned that they have never read an Agatha Christie book before, I think this will be a good one for them to start with.

So that is another book read, I have completed 13 books so far this year which is a lot for me, so I will keep on going and keep on reading!

I look forward to hearing what you are reading at the moment, do share!

Amy

p.s. you can read my other book reviews here or by clicking the Reading My Books link in the sidebar.

7 comments:

  1. I can not remember the last time that I sat and read a book, I have dipped in to a few old favourites and tried, with no success to get into a few new ones. I will now be busy outside and try again later in the year. I have read all the Christie books, ages ago and perhaps digging some out might be the incentive that I need.

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  2. I have never read a Christie. I think I will try and see if the library has one.

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  3. I liked this one too! I've been rereading a number of her books lately.

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  4. I saw this on TV once with Charles Dance and other famous actors - so famous I've forgotten their names, oh dear. I'm not getting any time to read at the moment. I've made a decision with the book club, in future I'll get started on that read asap. Usually I read one or two of my own or even a library book first. Then it's a manic panic to get it finished and questions etc written up. Cx

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  5. I saw that Charles Dance film of this story, quite recently - really intriguing... I've never read an Agathie Christie but have probably seen most of them on TV - keep promising to get the books.
    I'm currently reading The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall - set in pre Communist China in an expat society. Can't quite make up my mind if it's good or not, lol, but the story is holding my attention and there's enough info about an exotic other country to keep me interested. Just finished a fabulous book called Bel Canto, which is in my 5 on Friday today. One of the upsides of being laid up for a long time - lots of reading.
    Glad to hear you're getting back on your feet - sending good wishes to you and your brother.

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  6. This is a book I have never read and keep meaning too. Thanks for the great post about it.

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  7. The TV adaptation that others have mentioned is my experience of this story and what a cracker it was.
    Lisa x

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