And Then There Were None by Agatha ChristieFirst, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past theyre unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
And Then There Were None Summary
And Then There Were None is a mystery novel by English writer Agatha Christie , described by her as the most difficult of her books to write. The book is the world's best-selling mystery, and with over million copies sold is one of the best-selling books of all time. Publications International lists the novel as the sixth best-selling title. On 8 August in the late s, eight people arrive on a small, isolated island off the Devon coast of England. Each has an invitation tailored to his or her personal circumstances, such as an offer of employment or an unexpected late summer holiday. They are met by Thomas and Ethel Rogers, the butler and cook-housekeeper, who state that their hosts, Mr.
Eight people, all strangers to each other, are invited to Indian Island, off the English coast. Vera Claythorne, a former governess, thinks she has been hired as a secretary; Philip Lombard, an adventurer, and William Blore, an ex-detective, think they have been hired to look out for trouble over the weekend; Dr. When they arrive on the island, the guests are greeted by Mr. Rogers, the butler and housekeeper, who report that the host, someone they call Mr. Owen, will not arrive until the next day.
I felt like I should have been drinking a cup of hot tea while listening to Bing Crosby as I read this novel. Once all ten people were in the house on the island, the story picks up when Anthony Marston is poisoned. I was worried about following along with ten characters and keeping their stories straight, but Christie managed to create compelling characters with fascinating background stories. Emily Brent, the ultra-religious spinster, should have had more spotlight in the story—and a spin-off too. She intrigued me the most. Emily fired her pregnant, unmarried maid who committed suicide right after.
They discover that none of them actually knows the Owens, and Justice Wargrave concludes that the name "U N Owen" is a play.
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The novel opens with all of the main characters traveling by train or car to a ferry that will take them to a mysterious island named Indian Island. Each guest has received an invitation from a Mr. Owen, or a Mrs. Constance Culmington, to come to the island. Vera Claythorne is going because Mrs. Owen has offered her a secretarial job.