And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

by Agatha Christie
Publisher: HarperCollins
Mass market paperback, 300 pages
List Price: $9.99 Sale Price: $8.49

And Then There Were None has a somewhat strange history. It's believed to be one of Agatha Christie's best novels, and perhaps the best mystery novel of all time. But it's gone through multiple title changes and revisions due to its original title and the pivotal nursery rhyme being considered offensive. See Wikipedia if you want the details.

The premise is simple and profoundly chilling. Ten strangers are invited, through various false pretenses, to a house on an isolated island. Each realizes that everyone has committed some crime that has gone unpunished. A framed copy of the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Soldier Boys" is on the wall, and suddenly the ten begin to die one by one. One of the ten must be the murderer. But who? 

You can try to decipher the genius of Agatha Christie, but don't feel bad if you're left in the dark until there are none. The Queen of Crime is on top of her game in this eerily mind-boggling mystery.

Review by Lauren Shearer
Lauren Shearer writes words for fun and profit. She also makes films, but everyone knows you can't make a profit doing that. Her other hobby is consistently volunteering way too much of her time. You can read more of her reviews here.

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Summary: Ten guests on an island. No way off. One killer lurks among them.

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Anika Lee of Vancouver, WA, 7/17/2016
This book was by far my favorite I've read this year. As a mystery, it beautifully tempts your mind with hints and clues of the ending, without easily giving it away. It reminded me of the game Clue, but a million times better. Even if you're not big on mysteries, this is a must-read for everyone.