I got in touch with The Folio Society a couple of months ago as they seemed like the perfect beautiful book collaboration; their editions really are something special. I was offered two titles for review purposes and, after selecting A Room of One’s Own for Feminist Book Fortnight, I struggled to narrow down my second choice. Having recently read 100 Books That Changed the World, I thought about my literary bucket list and told their wonderful PR team to surprise me with an Agatha Christie title of their choice.
When I received a copy of And Then There Were None, I was instantly drawn to David Lupton’s haunting illustrations. It became apparent as I read more of the book that he was the perfect choice of illustrator; he really captured the mood of the book.
Christie starts by introducing us to eight people who have been invited to Soldier Island. When there, they meet the two housekeepers and soon realise that their host makes no intention of showing – and may not even exist. When members of the party start dying under suspicious circumstances, the survivors begin to wonder who brought them to the island and if any of them will make it off alive.
Described on the Folio Society website as “The greatest mystery by the greatest mystery-writer of them all – the crowning achievement of the “Queen of Crime””, And Then There Were None really is the ultimate page turner. The short chapters kept tempting me to read ‘just one more’ and I devoured it in two days.
I grew up watching Poirot and Miss Marple adaptations on TV with my parents, trying to figure out whodunnit first and, I have to say, I didn’t see this one coming. The brilliant thing about a truly great mystery is it demands a re-read. I instantly wanted to turn back to the start and see where all the clues were.
The author’s note at the start of the book made me love the writer before I’d even read any of her work:
I’m definitely an instant fan and will be working my way through more of her extensive bibliography.
Are you a Christie fan? Which book should I read next?
The Folio Society edition of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, illustrated by David Lupton, is available exclusively from www.FolioSociety.com
*I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes but all thoughts are my own