Thursday, August 28, 2014

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

4 Stars
Still here? Okay, let’s get on with the show.

Upon starting And Then There Were None, I found myself feeling extremely . . . giddy. WTF is wrong with me? Normal people don’t get all smiley when they begin a book where everyone and their dog is going to get murdered. I need professional help.

Generally in the summertime I follow a couple of traditions faithfully:

1. I read a lot of nonsense while sitting poolside (preferably with a smuggled-in piña colada or margarita in hand); and

2. I drive my husband nuts with my annual viewing of Harper’s Island. (I have no clue how we’ve stayed married so long – he doesn’t like Harper’s Island, he doesn’t like Sharknado – I should be nominated for sainthood.)

This summer I’ve kind of broken free of the confines of Rule #1 - not saying I haven’t read some fluff, but I’ve been heavy handed in choosing more thriller/horror novels. Maybe it was the abnormally cool temps that not only kept my toes out of the water, but also helped me keep my wits about me?

Whatever the cause, I’ve had some serious quality reading experiences this summer. Endless thanks to
twelvejan [Alexandria] for bringing this classic tale to my attention. I had read a handful of Poirot stories back in the Paleolithic Era, but found them to be just “okay”. After reading And Then There Were None, I think it might possibly be Agatha Christie’s best work.

Ten strangers, each with a skeleton in the closet, are summoned to an island by a host who only appears as a voice on a recording accusing the guests of murder. What follows is the death of each person


by one

by one

Until no one is left.

Okay, so maybe the murders aren’t that gruesome, but we are talking about a 75 year old book here. I was amazed at how well it stood the test of time and how it had me gripping the edge of my seat in anticipation. And though, at the end of it all, you may claim to have known who the murderer was all along, you mustn’t forget all the times you changed your mind (because your choice of killer was one of the 10 little soldiers who happened to fall).

Recommended to? Anyone looking for a quality murder mystery.

Now for a couple of wishlist items:

1. It’s time for Harper’s Island 2.0. Come on CBS, you know you wanna . . .

2. Someone plan a murder mystery party and invite me. My only requirement is that I get to wear a wedding gown and have the murderer chase me through the woods.

You say you don’t live near any woods? No problem – you can have the party at my house. Just make sure you warn everyone that there are some REALLY weird looking dogs that occasionally hang out around the doghouse.


  1. I hate the internet! That must seem like a really random comment to start with, I know, but basically I just wrote you this very long and praising and fun comment and then my internet disappears on me, and I have nothing! Nothing!

    Honestly.... Anyway, to sum up, it said that I don't have the faintest clue what Harper's Island is (probably because I'm European), but I loved this review anyway and really want to watch it now.
    Also, I just finished "And Then There Were None" last week and had a similar giddy and warm feeling when reading it despite the rather gruesome concept.

    Oh, and that I really love your blog and have become a faithful follower.

    The first comment was much better, trust me...

    Camilla @

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words, Camilla : )

    Trust me when I say you NEEEEED to find a way to watch Harper's Island. Netflix???