Before I get to my review I would like to thank all of you for well wishes earlier this week. I’m on the mend from my cold. Hopefully I’ll be back to normal by the weekend. I hate being sick, but being sick on a weekend–HORRIBLE!
Now, back to my review. When I admitted that I read my first Agatha Christie novel this fall many of you were stunned. Rightfully so. She was a prolific and well-respected writer. Fortunately none of you ridiculed me. Instead you took pity on me and started making suggestions. And Then There Were None was mentioned several times. Some of you were so ardent that it was such a great book I requested it from the library, right then and there.
Now I have to admit, that I’m disappointed. Not in the book. I’m disappointed that I never paid attention to Christie. She’s fabulous! Absolutely fabulous. This particular novel is her best-selling book. Over 100 million copies so far. That number is hard to fathom.
Ten strangers arrive on the mysterious Soldier Island. When all of the guests arrive the host is not present. As it turns out no one knows the identity of the host. Most have received an invitation either from Mr U. N. Owen or Mrs U. N. Owen. A few have been employed by an Owen. Not one has met this Owen.
At first no one is bothered. After dinner, a record is played accusing all ten people in the house of murder. Well that ruins a good weekend. No one likes to be accused of anything, especially ten people who believe in their innocence. Then one of them is dead. Then another. Another … is someone else on the island picking them off one by one? Or is the murderer among them? Nobody knows.
And I didn’t know until the very end. Oh, on many occasions I thought I had it all figured out. Then I was proved wrong. I came up with a different suspect. Dead wrong again. This novel is a fun one to read. I wouldn’t start it unless you can finish it quickly. You won’t want to put it down.
Now folks, I need to know which one I should read next. Suggestions?
I read this novel for my R.I.P. challenge.