The blurb: 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…
My review: This is Agatha Christie at her very best (from my limited knowledge!) I could not put this book down. Ten strangers are invited to spend a vacarion on the mysterious Soldier Island and the most perfectly sculpted murder mystery ensues. Every player has dark secrets and motivations for killing, the accusatory finger of judgement swings backwards and forwards as the story is narrated from the ten different viewpoints.
Once again Christie has thrown in a spectacular twist, I became so confused and frustrated that I was sure there had been a trick or some way she’d cheated. I had guessed at the culprit one of a few potentials, only to find I was wrong, then I was right again! Brilliant! This has really put many other crime books in the shade, bar the great Conan Doyle this is now one of my favourite books.
9 out of 10 stars! *********