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Two gems from Agatha Christie

"And Then There Were None"; "Murder On The Orient Express"

April 9, 2011
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer

Dame Agatha Christie reigns supreme as the world's foremost mystery writer and her two most memorable and tantalizing tales are available in paperback from Harper - "And Then There Were None" (also published under the title "Ten Little Indians") and "Murder on the Orient Express" which features her incomparable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.

Although first published more than seventy years ago, the mystery which incorporates the rhyme of the "Ten Little Soldiers" or "Ten Little Indians" in which the soldiers die, one after another, still captivates readers.

The story of ten people of various walks of life, mysteriously summoned to an island by an elusive Una Nancy Owen - U. N. Owen - is the epitome of the locked room mystery.

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The eight guests and two servants all have secrets in their past and are responsible for having caused the deaths of others and thus, they meet poetic and ultimate justice as they are murdered, one by one.

This is a masterpiece of the Christie collection.

"Murder on the Orient Express" is another quintessential "locked room" mystery.

Passengers aboard the luxurious "Orient Express" are stranded in the snowbound train. A ruthless American tycoon by the name Ratchett is viciously stabbed to death late one night.

But the murder itself is so brutal, that it poses a great challenge to the Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, as he must find the murderer aboard the train.

The reader will note how the great scribe of mystery, Agatha Christie, was inspired by notorious crimes of her day and how, in her hand with her sharpened pen, the matters could be resolved.

This is a rare case of justice dispensed by Monsieur Hercule Poirot.



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