by Agatha Christie

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

The plot has been borrowed countless times, but Christie’s story is still one of the best. Ten strangers are gathered at a spooky mansion on a small island under various sets of false pretenses. Cut off from the mainland by a storm, they quickly realize they are being stalked, and soon begin to die, one by one. It becomes apparent that they are alone on the island and the killer must be one of them. The characters are well-drawn, the suspense is thick, and the mystery keeps you guessing. My only complaint is the extended denouement, in which the killer explains at length exactly how each murder was committed. But that is a small quibble; for the most part, this is a superb locked-room mystery and a great example of why Agatha Christie remains the bestselling novelist of all time.

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