Title: And Then There Were None
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 221
This is Christie’s masterpiece, a story that’s been retold and parodied more times than anything else I can think of. And Then There Were None is my favourite Agatha Christie book to date, and there have been quite a few of them across the years – you’d be mad not to read her work, to be honest, and madder still to dismiss her as irrelevant after all these years.
Accidentally racist as it is (formerly titled ‘Ten Little Niggers’, a word that was in common enough use at the time to be fair to her), it’s one of the best examples of crime writing that you’re ever likely to come across, and enough to rival Sherlock Holmes at its best. Christie was one of the greatest writers of her time, and And Then There Were None is enough to remind you why her fans are fanatical and her detractors are few and far between.
The fateful twist at the end of this story is incredible, and will leave you marvelling at the storyteller’s indescribable verbal dexterity. I can’t say enough to tell you how good this book is – please, just go out and buy it right away.