100 Book Challenge, Fiction, Mystery

Book #19: And Then There Were None

Some of my children are obsessed with Agatha Christie.  They’ve read every single copy our local library has to offer and are now on the prowl for copies at used bookstores for the personal library.  They have their favorite detectives (Poirot or Miss Marple) and favorite plot lines.  They swear by the originality of each book, the twists and turns that always surprise and the pure fun it is to read them.

I’ve never read an Agatha Christie mystery.  I don’t know why, but I just haven’t, so I asked my daughters which one should I read, if I were to read only one in my lifetime.  Let’s be honest, with my to-read pile being what it is, chances are I’ll only ever read one.  The universal choice was And Then There Were None, so I grabbed a copy and sat down to read.

It was a few hours diversion that I didn’t mind spending.  It was fun, however, that I didn’t like how she wrote the ending, and how the killer’s identity is revealed.  It felt like a cop-out.  Am I just lacking 1940s sensibility?  Is this what readers wanted back then?

I suppose I better give a Poirot or Miss Marple book a try before I write off Agatha Christie.  Surely there’s a reason why she inspires such devotion in my children, has over a billion copies of her books in print, and more credit to her name than I care to list here.  I will try again and let you know.

Goodreads rating: 3 stars



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