And The There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie, 1939

My favorite quote: “Oh, yes. I’ve no doubt in my own mind that we have been invited here by a madman — probably a dangerous homicidal lunatic.” (A dangerous homicidal lunatic YOU created, Agatha Christie!)

Notable characters: William Henry Blore, the PI; Isaac Morris, the owner of the island; Edward Armstrong, the doctor; Emily Brent, the spinster; General MacArthur; the retired war her; Philip Lombard, the mercenary; Vera Claythorne, the former governess; Mr. Justice Wargrave, the retired judge; Thomas Rogers, the Butler; Ethel Rogers, the housekeeper; Anthony Martson, the careless young buck … and very bad driver 

Most memorable scene: For me, it was when the record comes on, accusing each of the guests of their crimes. I was like, ‘Whoa … someone needs to mind their business.’ Then I was like, ‘Whoa … everyone on this island is a horrible person.’ That’s just one great scene, though. And Then There Were None is memorable throughout

Greatest strengths: No one can hide a killer in plain sight like Agatha Christie can. There’s a reason she’s the “Queen of Crime.” Even so, she outdoes herself in And Then There Were None

Standout achievements: And Then There Were None, like many of Agatha Christie’s other books, somehow manages to be both cozy and macabre — a rare feat in a genre that’s often a little too “cute” for my tastes. I mean, it IS murder, after all … I’m glad Agatha Christie appreciates that 

Fun Facts: Described by Agatha Christie herself as the most difficult novel she ever wrote, And Then There Were None is the world’s best-selling mystery novel and the sixth best-selling title in any language with over 100 million copies sold

Other media: The radio, television, stage, play, and film adaptations of And Then There Were None are too numerous to get into, but my personal favorite is the 1945 version starring Barry Fitzgerald, June Duprez, and Walter Huston. It ends a little differently than Agatha Christie’s book (and I prefer her version of events) but it’s a good movie

What it taught me: From Agatha Christie in general, and And Then There Were None in particular, I’ve learned various ways of concealing my villains in situations where the baddies might be anyone 

How it inspired me: And Then There Were None is the first Agatha Christie novel I ever read, which set me on my path as a lifelong fan of her work, and it remains one of my all-time favorite books ever  

Additional thoughts: And Then There Were None is one of the few books I’ve reread again and again, and every time, I’m still somehow shocked by the big reveal. I don’t know how that happens. I mean, it’s not like it’s going to somehow end differently this time, right?

Haunt me:

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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