And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie Collection)

Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie's world-famous mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again...and again...


Reviewed: 2020-01-18
"I had written this book because it was so difficult to do that the idea had fascinated me. Ten people had to die without it becoming ridiculous or the murderer being obvious. I wrote the book after a tremendous amount of planning, and I was pleased with what I had made of it...
...the person who was really pleased with it was myself, for I knew better than any critic how difficult it had been."

& Christie was so right to be pleased with this book! It is her mistresspiece and my favourite mystery of all time!

Brilliantly plotted and tightly planned - for tension and thrills you can't go past the moment when the book is down to the final two people My only plot criticism is the murderer's selection of Vera was based on pretty weak evidence.

That won't take away from my enjoyment. But the casual racism in some of the text pretty shocking.

He had fancied though that the little Jew had not been deceived - that was the damnable part about Jews, you couldn't deceive them about money - they knew!

I'm not a fan of sanitising an author's work. Everyone has to go into a Christie prepared for racism (& classism & sexism in the way female servants are often portrayed - although not in this particular book.)

But speaking of sanitising - the original title has been removed from the original title field for this book here on Goodreads. Given that a quick search will show other books with the same word in the title I find this puzzling. I know in my own country the word was still in use in the sixties (my mother quietly pulled my sisters & I aside & told us not to use it in games of tag.) & I do believe Christie didn't know how offensive it was in the States. (her publishers' apparent ignorance though is beyond baffling)

Edit: Realised I never updated this. Problem was solved with original title (was Librarian error)& I try to check every week to make sure it hasn't been changed/deleted again.

Edit 21/04/19 Oh boy, I hope this is mistake!

I haven't checked for a month or so, then noticed the original title had gone.

I went into the changelog & found this note;

librarian note for this book (last edited by Goodreads at Apr 16, 2019 09:58AM)
Please do not change this book's original title field. Failure to comply may result in the loss of your librarian status. Thank you, The Goodreads Team

This makes zero sense, since editions of this book featuring the original (very offensive) name are still catalogued. & a simple search will show other books with this word in their title still listed here.

I have emailed Support. I'm hoping this is a case of a staff member acting against policy, rather than more evidence that GR can no longer be trusted with our reading records. :(

Edit: 24/04/19 Have heard from Goodreads & this was a staff error. Original (offensive) title has been put back in the system by another librarian. Good news, but I wonder if GR has ever given any thought to hiring experienced volunteer Librarians rather than the raw recruits they use now.

I'll try to keep a better eye on this. :)
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