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"And Then There Were None" or "Murder on the Orient Express"?



  • J K ReynoldsJ K Reynolds Wisbech UK Investigator
    I felt the best by far was "Murder on th orient express." A great story line and of course very well written.
  • LukeMcLArenLukeMcLAren Greece Investigator
    Murder on the Orient Express is much better. Funnily enough though, the other is a bestseller. 
  • Murder On The Orient Express and And Then There Were None are both good in different ways in my opinion. Both books similarly involve a group of people in an enclosed, confined space (more so with Murder On The Orient Express). I wouldn't say they are your "typical" locked room mysteries because they are more than typical and average. Agatha Christie takes 2 different locations -- a train and a hotel on an island -- and these two locations are richly described in detail. You can imagine being on that train, you can imagine being on that island at the hotel and it's deserted. A.C. sure knew how to create an atmosphere!

    “People in the dark are quite different, aren’t they?”  ― A Murder Is Announced 
  • AgathasmykidAgathasmykid British Columbia, Canada ✭✭✭
    Orient express, but only by a slight margin.  I think Agatha's books are best when there is a lot of investigating going on, especially Poirot, who is a master at conducting an interview.  I really enjoy how he interacts with suspects, not just in this book, but most of the other Poirot books as well.

    ATTWN comes as across as a dark, brooding mystery/suspense story where everyone's fate seems sealed.  It is a great book, but likely would fall second or third on my list of best Christies.
  • adbetteradbetter sheffield Fan
    I read 'and there were none' yesterday. The first Christie book I have read. I prefer films or TV. margaret Rutherford was the best for me... Miss Marple.  The last death by hanging I found hard to imagine I must say and the fact that every death, although shocking, was accepted. And informing the police was never considered. I know they were isolated. It was also obvious , at one stage, that somebody was faking death and that two were working together. But I enjoyed it and found myself hurrying to the conclusion.  
  • rabbity300rabbity300 London,England Investigator
    I can't choose they are both so good.
  • HerculeAndAchilleHerculeAndAchille Harrogate, England ✭✭✭
    I agree, @rabbity300! They are both very enjoyable novels. However, in And Then There Were None, since (arguably) there were no minor characters in the mix - secretaries (Miss Claythorne, I suppose, doesn't count), impoverished cousins, waiters, etc. and the settings didn't change drastically for most of the novels, readers experienced a greater amount of character development. In MOTOE, some of the characters really didn't come alive on paper. The setting didn't change in that novel either, but there was no lack of minor characters - husbands, wives, doctors etc. (and there was a much greater ensemble in it than in And Then There Were None). Though there was greater overall characterisation in ATTWN, some individual characters (such as Mrs Rogers) were not given any special attention in terms of character development.

    The solutions of both, however, like that of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, were very novel and unheard of in the Golden Era crime fraternity, which made them (and still make them) extremely ingenious. Both, of course, made the readers want to tear out their hair and cry 'How could I have been so stupid?'

    So... to choose or not to choose...?
  • Linnet RidgewayLinnet Ridgeway Davao City, Philippines Investigator
    edited November 2017
    Both were intersting and really got me at the edge of my seats, when that question was posed to me back then I would choose  Murder On The Orient Express, though I admit I might rethink whether if that is still true. Murder on the Orient express was likethat tip if the icebirg type murder, it wasn’t as horrid as And Then There  Were None, while the other seems  like  it makes you ask the questions why would this happen, and then it messes your thoughts and ends up confusing and shocking everyone. 

  • anjoanjo Netherlands Fan
    At the moment I am enjoying the mini series And then there were none  on the Flemish TV. I am intrigued to find out who the sculptor of the ten disappearing figurines on the dining room table is. In the trailer behind the scenes  it is mentioned that the sculptor is a She,  but no name is given. 
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