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And Then There Were None Mass Market Paperback – 29 Mar 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Us Imports; Reissue edition (29 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073488
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is no cheating; the reader is just bamboozled in a straightforward way from first to last....The most colossal achievement of a colossal career. The book must rank with Mrs. Christie's previous best--on the top notch of detection."--New Statesman (UK)

"What Agatha Christie taught me was all about the delicate placement of the red herring. She was the ultimate genius behind 'by indirections shall we find directions out.' "--Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley novels

"One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day."--Time magazine

"The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written."--New York Times

"One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies."--The Observer (UK)

"The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd."--Daily Herald (UK)

The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written. --New York Times"

One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day. --Time magazine"

One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies. --The Observer (UK)"

The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. --Daily Herald (UK)"

What Agatha Christie taught me was all about the delicate placement of the red herring. She was the ultimate genius behind by indirections shall we find directions out. --Elizabeth George, New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Lynley novels"

There is no cheating; the reader is just bamboozled in a straightforward way from first to last .The most colossal achievement of a colossal career. The book must rank with Mrs. Christie s previous best on the top notch of detection. --New Statesman (UK)"

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Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to a mansion on an island off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N. Owen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After many years of this facsimile edition being promised, then withdrawn, it has finally been published by Harper Collins with a mixed US and UK facsimile of the original dust jacket, the front cover being the original 1940 US version. Whilst I would have liked a version with the original 1939 UK dust jacket, just to complete my collection, this was never going to happen due to the original UK title (Ten Little N*****s) being too controversial. Having said that, the cover for this version is beautifully reproduced and looks stunning.

The book itself has always been one of my favourites, with a cracking story involving ten strangers, invited by the mysterious U. N Owen to either holiday, visit or work at a mansion on the remote Soldier Island, off the Devon coast. Each of the visitors has a deadly secret... murder! Then their pasts finally catch up with them as a serial killer strikes and, one by one, ten become nine, then eight, then seven.... Just who is the killer in their midst and who will be the next victim???

The one main difference in this book is the renaming of the island and the classic children's rhyme; my paperback copy of the book was printed in 1990, and the island was called, even in those enlightened times, N****r Island. Someone has clearly gone through this edition with a fine toothed comb to ensure that no reader, however broadminded, is offended by politically incorrect language or sentiment.

If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, then you've either already read And Then There Were None or know what to expect; but, if you are new to Agatha Christie, then this would be a cracking way to start reading her classic murder mystery novels and short stories.

Either way, enjoy.
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By A. Ross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
This classic Christie whodunit has borne three different titles, which has been the source of some confusion. Originally published in England under the title "Ten Little Niggers" in 1939, it was retitled "And Then There Were None" for its 1940 American edition for obvious reasons. However, the English stage version of 1943 retained the "Niggers" title while the American stage version ran as "Ten Little Indians." Even more confusingly, the first film version, released in 1945, bore the American "And Then There Were None" title, while the three subsequent adaptations (1965, 1975, and 1989) took the "Ten Little Indians" title! The original offensive title comes from a Victorian-era music-hall song, which itself was a rip-off of an American song by Septimus Winner, circa 1868. All of which is neither here nor there, but only to help clear up any confusion. I would note that the most recent French edition bears the title "Dix petit negres", which somehow does not surprise me...
As for the actual novel, it's perhaps the ultimate whodunit of the "locked house" variety. Ten people are summoned to an island off the Devon coast, none of them know each other or their ostensible host. The story starts by showing the ten en route to the island and provides a brief character sketch of each as background. I have to confess that at first, some of the men kind of blend together, and it takes little time to keep straight who is who. Once on the island, the eight guests and two servants wait for their host, who never shows up. Completely cut off from the mainland, they grow restless until one of them dies. When another dies, it can be no mere coincidence, and they realize that one amongst them must be a killer.
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By H. Barnett on 14 April 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, first things first, I love Agatha Christie.
I literally can't get enough of her novels (specifically that wonderful little Belgian)
So when I say this quite simply trumps them all (yes, even Poirot's finest) you get an idea of just how incredible this book is.
It is, in my mind, the perfect set up for a murder mystery: ten people trapped on an island being killed off one by one! Let the games begin!
The solution is beyond belief, but whats more, the journey itself is full of shock and awe and will keep you reading long after you intended to put it down to do other things.

My only grievance with this is that having read it already, I can never again experience its sense of overwhelming mystery and suspense with fresh, unknowing, eyes.
I will never again read a mystery novel that can surpass its sheer perfection, and that is the great sadness that comes hand in hand with the joy of this book.
Prepare yourself before reading, you are in for a treat.
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By John Austin HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Dec. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Surely everyone in the world has read this book by now! Surely it tops the best-selling list of a best-selling author! Older readers may not recognize it by its current title, its original and a later replacement having been deemed too racist. Nothing racist, I hope, was picked in my school English classes, where I used it to help develop pupils' appetite for reading.
Agatha Christie's achievement is remarkable. She creates ten characters, all suspected of murder, who are lured to an island. She has them meet their deaths one by one as nominated in the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" which is displayed in their rooms. She has each murder occur in a situation where almost all the other island guests might have had opportunity to commit it. As if devising all this were not enough, she also frequently takes us into the minds of the various characters - something that the whole nature of detective fiction usually prohibits. This construction is not only intricate but also compact; it is one of her shorter novels. Built on this scheme, the book must exclude Mrs Christie's regular sleuths, Poirot and Miss Marple. Instead, the dwindling number of island guests generate their own investigation.
So here is a book that offers double the pleasure that murder mysteries provide. As well as challenging you to solve the mystery, it also amazes you that so ingenious a mystery could be contrived.
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