About the Author
The Author’s full name is Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie. She is an English writer and has written 66 detective novels and many revolve around two of her main fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. 14 short story collections are also under her name. Agatha Christie was born on 15th September 1890 and died on January 12th 1976 in United Kingdom.
About the Book
And Then There Were None was first published in 1939 with the name of ‘Ten Little Niggers’. So it is technically a classic. Only it is not just classic but crime fiction and mystery novel as well. This is one of the most celebrated works of Agatha Cristie. The book has been adpated into numerous movie adaption, theater shows, Television, radio shows and other media.
There is an author’s note at the start of the book. Where she is telling her readers that there will be 10 murders in the book and we won’t, for the life of us, would be able to find out whodunnit! The book starts with these ten individuals and their introductions. They are invited onto an island named Soldier Islans by Mr. Owen, which is pretty bizarre because no one has encountered anyone from that group. When they go there, sudden murders start to shake them to their core.
Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
This rhyme has been used and referred to repeatedly throughout this book. It has chapters from every single characters’ PoV and because of that you would never know who has done it! The first and the only thing which a reader can be sure about that the culprit is one of them but WHO? you wouldn’t even guess!
Agatha Christie’s writing is simple, effortless and witty with just the right touch of pace. Every single thing has been managed to the T. No plot holes or loose ends. And it is a page turner.
So if you are in search a fabulous piece of work then this is it!