And Then There Were None – #AtoZChallenge

Crime fiction is one of my favorite genres. Dame Agatha Christie is my joint favorite author in the genre, along with another legend, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. When I decided to write about the books I love for #AtoZChallenge 2019, the first book that came to mind for the letter A was this one. To be frank, it came as no surprise to me. And I’m sure to those who know my favorite reads, this choice would be no surprise either.

It is my belief that a good crime fiction is based around three or four key aspects: the detective, the motive, the victim and the pace of the book.

In this novel, there is no detective per se. This is a locked room mystery no doubt. The murderer and the victim(s) are in the same room. As a reader, you know who might be killed, but the curiosity to know who actually is killed is what keeps the pages turning. With multiple victims chosen for some “crime” of theirs, it makes me wonder who might have a grudge against all victims. The book keeps the reader engaged from first to last, without giving any hint of who the killer is. And that is top notch writing from the Queen of Crime.

What makes this book even more interesting is that it is based around a poem. This might be one of the top two novels written by Agatha Christie. I’m a big fan of the author, so this might be a tad biased. But if someone were to ask me for a recommendation among the author’s works, this would be the one I would suggest!


This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.


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Vinay Leo R.
01. 04. 2019

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

28 thoughts on “And Then There Were None – #AtoZChallenge”

  1. I’m fond of Agatha Christie, but this is one I haven’t read yet. I am currently listening to the audiobook of Murder On The Orient Express read by David Suchet. I’ve read the book many times, I just enjoy hearing the voice of an actor interpreting a book I’ve enjoyed.

    Looking forward to your future posts on this theme. A good idea! Mine is on SF and fantasy. I’ve posted now.
    (Sue Bursztynski recently posted… #A-Z Challenge 2019: A Is For Australian SF Publishing)My Profile

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    • I’ve read Murder on the Orient Express already, but yet to try Agatha Christie in audiobook format. That’s something I hope to do in 2019, Sue. πŸ™‚ Thank you. SF is not my genre though. πŸ™

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  2. You know, I live watching crime on the telly but interestingly I haven’t read a lot. Agatha Christie was a big favourite of my ex-mother-in-law too and still I only read one book of hers. I’ve now added this to TBR list as the next one! Thanks!
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    • I hope you enjoy the read. While I do enjoy watching crime on the telly, I spend more time reading it, so have read a lot of Agatha Christie books already! πŸ˜‰ Thank you, Andrea.

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  3. This is a book that even I’d suggest anyone who would ask me for crime fiction suggestion. This is one of my favourites too! I was mindblown when I read this. Love your theme.
    (Reema D’souza recently posted… Abendot)My Profile

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    • I’ve not watched an Agatha Christie movie, Keith. Maybe I should. πŸ™‚ I prefer the written form too.

      Glad to be on this annual alphabetical pilgrimage again. I will drop by your ramblings soon πŸ˜€

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