Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, and the best-selling murder mystery book of all time.
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by a mysterious host.
They sit down for dinner and a record begins to play. The voice of their host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. By the end of the night one of them will be dead.
Stranded by a violent storm, they begin to die – one by one.
Each of them is guilty. But who is the killer?
‘One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies.’
‘The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.’
‘One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day.’
‘There is no doubt that this is a highly ingenious jigsaw by a master of puzzling.’
‘There is no cheating; the reader is just bamboozled in a straightforward way from first to last… The most colossal achievement of a colossal career. The book must rank with Mrs Christie’s previous best – on the top notch of detection.’
‘The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written.’
New York Times
About the author
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of the First World War, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign countries. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
Amazing book,I have never read a book with such atmosphere and suspense like this one, the characters are great, keeps you guessing and overall a great book as this is the first Agatha Christie novel I’ve read this is a great introduction to how talented and great she is within this genre
Only thing I did find is it’s quite dated in the language they use and some of the words are not modern and if u a young reader like me I can be quite confusing with some words
Whilst the writing is technically well executed the character portrayal is slightly flat and the “She said:” and “he said:” style breaks the natural rhythm of the prose.
In a way the prologue is a spoiler and the nursery rhyme irksome for it’s obvious mapping of the plot to come.
Finally the explanation by “Wargrave J” was ok the true sense a deus et machina.
So, whilst the book read easily it was predictable, it’s imagery and character construction average.
Had hoped for better from this author.
I finished this in less than a day. Literally could not put it down. Brilliant read!