And then there were none by Agatha Christie

Ten different people are invited by a certain Mr. Owen to Soldier Island near the coast of Devon. Once they arrive, there’s no trace of Owen and they all appear to have been lured to the island for a different reason. Because of a storm they are stuck together for at least a week. Not much later, the first murder occurs, and then another. The murderer seems to follow the lines of the nursery rhyme ‘And then there were none’. Who is trying to kill them? And Why?

This is my very first Agatha Christie. I already knew this story from the excellent BBC miniseries and therefore knew who the murderer was. So maybe this was the wrong Christie for me to start with, but knowing the plot, I could focus on the writing.

The book reads incredibly smoothly. There’s a lot of pace and mystery. But not so much depth. The murders follow each other in such quick succession that there is little time to elaborate on certain characters. I had hoped to get to know them a bit better. I’m a big fan of character development, but this book is extremely plot driven. And this works, because a lot is happening and it’s difficult for us as a reader to find the culprit.

The story is well put together but I found the series a better format to get it across. It’s easier to tell the characters apart when you see them. I found this an entertaining read, but expected to be more blown away by the writing style. Certainly one of the more fun classics I’ve read so far. Maybe I’ll try another Christie later.

This is book 16/50 for the classics club. And book 3/20 for 20 books of summer.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Have you a favourite Agatha Christie book?


My Six in Six #2022

Last year I participated for the first time to ‘Six in Six’ (read that post here). This meme is organized by Jo of The Book Jotter. The concept is to list six books that you’ve read during the first six months of 2022 in six categories of your own choosing. The categories can be anything, you can find a lot of inspiration in Jo’s sign up post.

It was a hard edition to find categories that made me able to use each book at least once, in which I succeeded :). I reused some of last year’s categories and made up a few new ones.

Six books set in a different century

Six books not set in England

Six books about a historical woman

Six books written by a male author

Six beautiful covers

6 stories that are famous from television

  • And then there were none (miniseries based on this book)
  • Labyrinth (miniseries based on this book)
  • Lord John and the hand of devils (character in the Outlander tv series)
  • Elektra (The Trojan War has been adapted for television many times)
  • Anna Karenina (many major adaptions)
  • I, Eliza Hamilton (Hamilton, the musical – available on Disney+)

I’m curious to see if you have made up a ‘Six in six’ post too. Please share the link in the comments below.