And Then There Were None
Murder on the Orient Express
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
In a global poll to mark of Queen of Crime's 125th Birthday, Three books stood out as clear favourite amongst Agatha Christie fans past and present, collecting nearly half the amassed votes between them.
All three books represents the pinnacle of crime writing packed with murder, suspense, and highly original endings that have shocked and surprised readers for decades. They are three very different books, but they have one thing in common- the Fiendish ingenuity of Agatha Christie.
And Then There Were None was Agatha Christies most successful book. With over 100 million copies sold worldwide, it is also the bestselling crime novel of all time. Called Agatha Christies masterpiece (Spectator) and the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written (New York Times), it was famously difficult to write. Christie said she liked it for its difficult technique which was a challenge.
In And Then There Were None, ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
The other two books see the Belgian detective Hercules Poirot facing two of his most challenging cases: In Murder on the Orient Express, an American millionaire dies of multiple stab wounds on a snowbound train bound for Paris, and in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, a wealthy widower is stabbed to death in his study, the sensational book that made Agatha Christie a household name.