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And Then There Were None
By Agatha Christie
Read by Hugh Fraser
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - February 19, 2002
If I had to choose, I would have to say that And Then There Were None is one of Agatha Christie's most engaging mysteries - and the hardest one to guess 'who done it'. This book was also published under the title Ten Little Indians. In many regards, this is a classic locked room mystery. However, rather than taking place in a single room, it takes places on Indian Island, and isolated spit of land on which ten guests, all with dark secrets in their pasts that they would like to keep hidden, find that they have a killer in their midst. Once the guests arrive on the island, they find that they are trapped there.
These ten guests have all been invited to the island by a mysterious figure who declines to present himself to his house guests. Despite being unseen, he manages to accuse each guest of murder, a crime which each is, in their own way, guilty of. On the island they find themselves comfortably housed in a huge mansion that has some quirky decorations, such as a framed copy of an old nursery rhyme that begins, "Ten little Indian boys went out to dine: One choked his little self and then there were nine..." With unrelenting regularity, the guests are murdered, one by one, all by methods outlined in the rhyme.
This unabridged audio recording of And Then There Were None is read by Hugh Fraser, who stared as Captain Hastings, Hercule Poirot's assistant in the television adaptions of Christie's Poirot mysteries on PBS-TV's Mystery! series. His reading of this ingenious tale is riveting. He manages to read the story with a conspiratorial tone that will have you hunched over your tape player, hoping against hope that he might whisper some extra tidbit of information about the story. But he never obliges and you must sit on the edge of your seat until the very end, if you want to find out who is behind the murders - and why.
If you are not a Christie fan before listening to this book, you will be by the end of the story. And Then There Were None is skillfully plotted, with lots of red herrings, false leads, and bone chilling terror. Christie's writing is dynamic, and she grabs your attention immediately, and does not release you until the mystery is solved. Rated on a scale of one to five, this book deserves a ten!
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