Check out my  And Then There Were None book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. And then there's No One Else, a mystery novel by English author Agatha Christie, described as the hardest of all the books she wrote. It was first published by the Collins Crime Club in the United Kingdom on November 6, 1939, as Ten Little Niggers, after the children's counting rhyme and minstrel song, which served as a major plot element.

 The U.S. version was released in January 1940 and is taken from the last five words of the song and there is no one there. Consecutive American reprints and adaptations use that title, although Pocket Books paperbacks used the Ten Little Indian title between 1964 and 1986.

And Then There Were None

UK editions continued to use the original title until 1985. The book is the best-selling mystery in the world, and one of the best-selling books of all time, with over 100 million copies sold. The novel is listed as the sixth best-selling title (any language, including reference works).

 And Then There Were None book summary :

These descriptions match the text of the first edition of 1939. Eight people arrive on a small, isolated island off the coast of Devon, each receiving an unexpected personal invitation. They are met by Butler and Cook-housekeepers, Thomas and Ethel Rogers, who explain that their hosts, Yulik Norman Wayne and Una Nancy Wayne, have not yet arrived, although they have left instructions.

In each guest room hangs a framed copy of an old rhyme and ten statues sit on the dining room table. After dinner, a phonograph record is played; The recording accuses each visitor and Mr and Mrs Rogers of murder, then asks if the "prisoner of the bar" wanted to defend himself.

The guests discover that none of them know Owens, and Mr. Justice Wargrave suggests that the name "UN Wayne" is a play on "the unknown". Marston finished his drink and quickly died of cyanide poisoning. Dr. Armstrong confirmed that the other beverages contained no cyanide and suggested that Marston dosage himself.

The next morning, Mrs. Rogers was found dead in her bed, and at lunchtime, General MacArthur also died of severe head injuries. Guests can understand that the nature of death coincides with the corresponding line of the rhyme and three statues are found missing.

Guests suspect that UN Wayne may have killed them deliberately and searched the island, but found no hiding place. Since no one else could reach or leave the island without help, they were forced to conclude that only one of the remaining seven would be the killer.

 The next morning, Mr. Rogers was found dead in a wooden pile, and Emily Brent was found dead in the drawing room after being injected with potassium cyanide. After Wargrave suggested searching all the rooms, Lombard's gun was found missing.

Vera Clathern goes to her room and screams when she sees seaweed hanging from the ceiling. Most of the rest of the guests go upstairs; When they return, they find Wargrave still at the bottom, with a judge's suit with a bullet wound on his forehead. Dr. Armstrong declared him dead.

That night, Lombard's gun is returned, and Blower sees anyone leaving the house. Armstrong is missing from his room. Vera, Bloor and Lombard decide to stay together and leave home. When Blower returns for food, he is killed by a bear-shaped marble clock pushed from the window seal of the Vera.

The bodies of Vera and Lombard Armstrong have been washed up on the beach, and everyone is to blame. Vera suggests removing the corpse from the shore as a sign of respect, but this is an excuse for Lombard to acquire a gun. When Lombard gasps for it, he shoots her.

Vera returns home trembling, post-traumatic. She finds a loophole and chairs decorated in her room and a strong smell of the sea. Overwhelmed with guilt, he hangs himself according to the last line of the rhyme.

Scotland Yard officials came to the island and found no one alive. They discovered that the island's owner, Isaac Morris, a ruthless lawyer and drug trafficker, arranged the invitations and ordered the recording. However, he died of an overdose of barbiturates the night guests arrived.

Police reconstructed the deaths with the help of victims' diaries and a coroner's report. They were able to eliminate several suspects due to their death situation and removal of items later, but in the end they could not identify the killer.

Much later, a trawler brought a bottle with a written confession in its net. In it, Mr. Justice Wargrave describes how he had two conflicting emotions throughout his life: a strong sense of justice and a barbaric bloodbath.

He convinced both of them through his profession as a criminal judge, executing the killers after their trial. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, he decided to implement a personal plan to deal with a group of people he thought had escaped justice.

Before heading to the island, he gave Morris a deadly dose of barbiturates for his indigestion. He, with the help of Dr. Armstrong, faked his death by gunfire on the pretext that it would help identify the killer. After killing Armstrong and the other guests and removing objects to confuse police, he eventually shot himself in the head.

Using a gun and some elastic, make sure that the actual death recorded among the guests matches the details of his on-stage death. 'Diary. Wargrave wrote his confession and threw it into the sea in a bottle in response to his acknowledgment of his "tragic humanitarian need" for recognition.

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