And Then There Were None
New York: HarperCollins, 2011
This was the second book selected for Elijah’s library. Remember I asked family members for two selections. When I asked Jim for his upper elementary/middle school favorite, he thought he was in his “mystery phase.” He contributed this title. In our house, I think all of us have gone through our “mystery phase,” some of us more than once.
This particular book doesn’t feature one of her famous sleuths. I tried to discover Jim’s favorite, he doesn’t have one. I, on the other hand, do. Hands down it is Miss Jane Marple. What a sharp mind, behind the mild exterior. Would that my mind would be that sharp at any age!
Jim remembers visiting that magical place, the public library and checking it and others out. He and his Mom went frequently. At our house, we all have enjoyed her novels. We don’t possess an extensive collection as we took full advantage of what the library had to offer.
In his little book about his library, I reminded Elijah to ask his Mama to take him to the library. What a place for wondering!
My advice go to the library or the book store and find a Christie novel to read!
About the author
Often referred to as the “Queen of Crime”, Agatha was born in 1890. She was home-schooled by her mother, who thought she shouldn’t learn to read until she was nine. Agatha, the only child at home, grew bored, took the reins into her own hands and learned to read at age five.
Just prior to World War I, she married Archibald Christie a Royal Flying Corp member. While married to Archie, she began her writing career. In 1920, she published The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced the world to one of her two most famous detectives, Hercule Poirot.
In 1926, when Archie asked for a divorce, Agatha created a mystery of her own by disappearing for 10 days. She was located in a Harrogate hotel under the name of his mistress. She never spoke of these 10 days.
Miss Marple’s, Chrisitie’s other pre-eminent detective, first novel was Murder at the Vicarage in 1930. One of my favorite sleuthing couples, Tommy & Tuppence Beresford appeared on the scene in 1921 in The Secret Adversary. According to the website Agatha.chrisitie.com, Tommy & Tuppence’s stories are the ones she most enjoyed writing.
- Agatha Christie: http://www.agathachristie.com/
- Agatha Christie Biography: http://www.biography.com/people/agatha-christie-9247405
- Queen of Crime: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/08/16/queen-of-crime