Agatha Christie’s world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.
Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.
The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…
‘Agatha Christie’s masterpiece.’
‘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.
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The best book I’ve read in my life
This is such a good book it will blow your mind away. There is constant suspense and every page you turn will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. The solution seems so impossible but it is just so satisfying. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!!! Best book ever!!!!!!!
I read this book for a school reading challenge over the summer, and I found it truly impeccable! I think it takes a bit to get going but once it does get going, I just couldn't put it down. I had had my suspicions about the murderer, but of course none of them were right, as the killer still surprised me! I would definitely recommend this book to everybody of secondary school age and above!
I read this in about 1970 from our school library as my first AC book. I was hooked by it - a brooding and claustrophobic atmosphere and a very clever plot. A gripping read.