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And Then There Were None (Collins Crime Club, 1939)

And Then There Were None is considered to be British crime novelist Agatha Christie’s masterpiece. (She described it as her most difficult novel to write.) In this mystery novel, ten strangers are invited (all under different pretexts) to an isolated island off the Devonshire coast in England. All of them have also been complicit in the death (or deaths) of someone else but haven’t paid for their crime. After dinner, they are charged for their respective crimes by a gramophone recording and informed that they will be paying for their crimes. These ten people are the only people on the island and escape is impossible. One by one the ten are killed until “and then there were none.”

And Then There Were None is the seventh best-selling title of all time.