AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: AGATHA CHRISTIE

And then there were none is an enigma novel written by the queen of crime, Agatha Christie. It is one of the best seller novels which takes murder mystery to a next level.

It is a story of ten strangers who were sent invitations they could not refuse to the illustrious Soldiers Island by the wealthy Mr.Owen. All of them notice an unusual nursery rhyme framed and hung off the wall of every room titled TEN LITTLE INDIANS which goes as-

Ten little Indians standin’ in a line,
One toddled home and then there were nine;
Nine little Indians swingin’ on a gate,
One tumbled off and then there were eight.
Eight little Indians gayest under heaven
One went to sleep and then there were seven;
Seven little Indians cuttin’ up their tricks,
One broke his neck and then there were six.
Six little Indians all alive,
One kicked the bucket and then there were five;

Five little Indians on a cellar door,
One tumbled in and then there were four.
Four little Indians upon a spree,
One got fuddled and then there were three;
Three little Indians out on a canoe,
One tumbled overboard and then there were two
Two little Indians foolin’ with a gun,
One-shot t’other and then there was one;                                                                                                        

One little Indian livin’ all alone,
He got married and then there were none.

                                                                                 

After supper, a gramophone record is played; the recording accuses each visitor of having committed murder and then asks if any of “the accused” wishes to offer a defense. This is not taken seriously by anyone. Later they find that the cook among them got dead after drinking. The next morning a lady corpse is found in her bed; she died in her sleep. One by one each one of them dies and the island becomes empty. For an instance, there were ten people and now there were none. Police inspector and crime branch do their investigations and found things, not of much importance. Later during the court hearing, one person found something which resolves the entire mystery of ten murders, and the murderer was found amongst those ten people only which is now dead.

The book completely binds thrill and suspense with an outstanding revival. The book deserves to get read once.

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