“One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.”
― Agatha Christie,
Some books could be re-read, even if you know how it would end. I am a big Agatha Christie fan and have practically grown up reading her books in my teen years. Christie has written some fantastic murder mysteries and I just don’t seem to have gotten tired reading them even now. From the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is known for his eccentric mannerisms, to the shrewd and suave Miss Marple, the two characters have kept me engrossed in almost every book of hers. What sets her books apart is her ability to bring to the forefront a simple mystery tale, yet clever and hard to untangle.
I re-read “And then they were none” last weekend. Despite knowing the way the book would end, I was drawn right into its pages yet again. In fact this was one of the earliest books of Christie that made me fall in love with mysteries. It had that perfect combination of a brilliant plot, twists and turns, and a clandestine suspense factor. What more could a mystery lover ask for.
Ten people, strangers to each other, are invited to a remote island through a mystery letter. They find themselves stranded together, just to figure out that each have a connection- a grave and deep connection. None are aware of their mysterious host, yet all ten have received personal invitations to be on the island. Soon, each of the guests begins to succumb one by one, to fate- to the foulest murder. Each one of them is a victim, and amidst them is the killer too. Each has a secret of a murky past. Who wants them all killed? And who would be next?
As you grapple for answers, you traverse through the brutal murders, vital clues, and a suspense that would blow your mind away. And then they were none is a “locked-room” mystery at its bet. It can’t get any better- strangers on a stranded island, ten murders, and no sign of the killer. For all those mystery fans, this is a master piece. It pays to re-read it. For those who aren’t an Agatha Christie fan, here is one book that would surely make you fall in love with her.
The book is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book format.
*Featured Image Source: Clip from movie adaptation of the book