In the classic cut-off-from-help setting, ten characters assemble for an unknown purpose.
Previously strangers to each other, each of them has a shady past involving sudden death. And they find themselves being murdered one by one!
Christie tells the story by alternating between the characters, and does so in a totally engaging way. She has the ability to produce a solution that makes you say “Oh, that’s not fair!” until you realise that it is indeed very fair, just fiendishly clever.
It’s easy to see in this book how the work of Christie still informs much of today’s writing.
Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the bestselling novelist in history. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written towards the end of World War I, introduced us to Hercule Poirot, who was to become the most popular detective in crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. She is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.