Ten Little Indians, published as And Then There Were None when it débuted in America brought a wonderful sense of mystery into the life of the American. Written by Agatha Christie, it was published in 1939 as a fiction murder mystery. The story is set on the coast of Devon, England during the thirties. Ten Little Indians is a classic murder mystery, which involves ten unsuspecting average people. While it seems that one of these people would be the main character, everyone is equally important in shaping the story.
Of the ten characters there are Justice Wargrave, who is a retired judge; Vera Claythorne, a governess or nanny; Philip Lombard, a retired mercenary soldier; Dr. Armstrong, a doctor; William Henry Blore, a former police inspector; Emily Brent, an old religious woman who married rich; Mr. Rodgers, the butler; Mrs. Rodgers, the cook/maid and Mr. Rodgers wife; Anthony Marston, a rich and handsome young man; and General McCarther, a former general of WWI. All of these people are invited to stay on the island, by the request of a millionaire who regrettably fails to appear when they arrive at the island. Each one of these people comes from different lifestyles, and has been brought to this island for various reasons. One thing that holds all of these people together are the fact the each one is hiding a secret from the past. As they unravel more clues, they discover that the intention of the island owner isn’t as they originally planned. Each of the ten guests is accused of murdering a person.
The guests, one by one, are mysteriously murdered. Some of the guests soon realize that all of the deaths are linked to one thing: the nursery rhyme located in the bedrooms in each house. Unbelievable as that may be, the guests begin to turn on each other becoming very paranoid and suspecting everyone that poses a threat. And Then There Were None keeps the reader guessing until the very end when the unlikely subject, Justice Wargrave, is the mastermind behind the mass murders.