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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding thriller writing, 4 Jan. 2011
This review is from: And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie Collection) (Mass Market Paperback)
'And Then There Were None' is an outstanding example both of a closed-circle crime, of Christie's use of nursery rhymes to plot a story and of the stories featuring neither Hercule Poirot nor Miss Marple. It is one of her best-known stories with a stunningly original plot and motivation for the crimes committed.

Ten people from various social backgrounds are lured to a mansion on an island off the Devon coast and killed off one-by-one. Each one dies in a manner related to the appropriate verse of the nursery rhyme which hangs over the fireplace in every bedroom in the mansion.

The story includes varied and believable characters, an island setting based on Burgh Island off the South Devon coast and an increasingly claustrophobic suspense generated as the action moves towards its climax.

Christie is not generally thought of as a thriller writer but this story really does prove that she could write a real thriller as well as the more conventional detective story. Christie herself went on record as being very pleased with the end product, especially since it was, in her words, extremely difficult to plan.

One of her best and a must for a crime fiction collection.
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