And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is one of the best selling books of all times. I decided to kick -start the British Crime Classics Challenge with one of my all time favorite authors – Agatha Christie. With the holiday season and having a lot on my TBR pile, I decided to go for the graphic novel, adapted by Francois Rivere` and illustrated by Frank Leclercq.
And Then There Were None is one of the creepiest Christie stories ever! Creepy in the sense… well, let me tell what the story is all about.
Ten people get an invitation from Mr.Owens – A week’s stay at Mr.Owen’s Soldier Island cottage. A poem’s hung in each of the guests’ rooms. And as per the poem, one by one, the guests start dropping dead.
Ten little soldier boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were Nine.
Nine little soldier boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were Eight.
Eight little soldier boys traveling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there and then there were Seven.
Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself into halves and then there were Six.
Six little soldier boys playing with a hive;
A bumble-bee stung one and then there were Five.
Five little soldier boys going in for law;
One got in chancery and then there were Four.
Four little soldier boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.
Three little soldier boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.
Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One little soldier boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself…
And then there were None.
Each of these guests have done mistakes that they are not proud of. Though they were considered to be not-guilty in front of the Law, someone has a sinister plan to off these people. Who is it? The one who dies at the end is not the murderer. Nobody knows who Mr.Owens is. Neither do they know if Mr.Owens exists.
This is not one of Poirot or Miss Marple or Mr.Quinn or Tommy-Tuppence series. But the story is definitely worth a read or two… or three. This is the third (or was it fourth?) time I read this book.
I have plans to re-read the non-graphic version of this story. The graphic novel was just okay. I didn’t like the picturization of the characters much. And some pages were filled with bright reds and greens while some were dull. Overall, it was a short read.
Since I reviewed the graphic novel, I give it a rating of 3.5. Otherwise, the book deserves nothing less than a 5!
Just the facts, Ma’am : Why – it has made the ‘best’ list.
British Crime Classics Challenge
P.S.: Today is the 42nd Death Anniversary of Dame Agatha Christie.