Before reading The Custer Conspiracy by Dennis Koller, I hadn’t read a mystery novel in over four years. In a way, Koller helped vitalize my interest in the mystery genre. Then, in a display of serendipity, another colleague lent me two Agatha Christie books: And Then There Were None, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I started with the former.
And Then There Were None astonished me. There’s no better way explain it. I was going in with minimal expectations and this book, this peculiar little novel, complete surpassed them. I was mystified by both themes and symbols Christie implements but then the mystery aspect was equally captivating. I find And Then There Were None to be an inspiring piece of fiction.
*Disclaimer: I am choosing, despite my boisterous complaints while reading, to ignore the extraordinarily racist phrase “N-word in the woodpile“. I nearly quit reading the novel on reading it, but I persisted. (For those who didn’t click the link, it means that some is suspicious — essentially.*
I found it difficult with this novel, to select a quote I enjoyed that didn’t give much of the plot away. So I’ll pick a single quote to serve as an example and it also happens earliest of the quotes I chose.
There was a silence—a comfortable replete silence. Into that silence came The Voice. Without warning, inhuman, penetrating . . . “Ladies and gentlemen! Silence, please! . . . You are charged with the following indictments.”
First, to admit a lack in my vocabulary. I didn’t know what “replete” meant until looking it up while reading this. For those who might be like me: “Replete:
I could go on about And Then There Were None but I’ve decided I wouldn’t spoil any book I review to those who read my posts. My hope is that you, my readers, would eventually read the book and make an opinion for yourselves.
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