Ahh, the gramophone record . . . if you’re anything like me, your reading speed started to pick up from this moment onwards. Something’s up, the guests are all sharing information – and the truth of the matter all comes out:

There is no Mr Owen.

So are we all suitably sucked into the mystery? See you tomorrow!


7 thoughts on “And Then There Were None – Chapter 3 (0 Dead; 10 Alive)

  1. Sucked in sufficiently to want to read ahead. (But I’m resisting.)

    A further follow up on the discussion of being inside a character’s head. There was one neat bit which went something like ‘Character X weighed up whether or not it was time to respond truthfully. He made his decision.’ Followed, of course, by him speaking a line that gave no indication whether or not he did tell the truth. I did quite like that bit.

    Some random speculation (you don’t have to acknowledge if I’m right or wrong – if I somehow fluke the right answer I don’t want to know it) – what if each character is responsible for the murder of one other? Presumably the last one would have to be murdered by the first victim (some sort of poison delay?). That would certainly make for a complex plot all right.

  2. Aargh! The shortest chapter yet! Just as it gets interesting!

    I’m already looking around for who is left alone, though – in line with the poem – I thought someone might choke at dinner….

  3. Hmm . . . I quite like your speculation, Dan, and I will not say one way or another whether it remotely bears on what’s going on here.

    Which reminds me – I should check my diary for Saturday 26th. Thinking of organising a grand denouement reading for those who can make it in Sydney . . .

  4. Was also going to say – we now have an explanation for the mysterious Mr Blore, who was the only character in Chapter 1 who knew who everyone else was. This probably makes it seem less likely that he is an architect behind everything.

    Or is that a red herring?

  5. Ah, my guess is just me with my maths nerd hat on. Go to the extreme cases and see what happens – none of them are the murderer. Or all of them are.

    Fun to speculate even if it has no basis.

  6. I like that way of thinking, though, because I’m pretty sure that’s how Agatha would have thought when she constructed a lot of her plots. She’d apparently spend ages thrashing out the plot, then once she knew where that was going, she’d then write the novel, by hand, and a secretary or a publisher would tidy the thing up.

  7. I’m getting sucked in and I’m not even reading it yet!

    I guess AC isn’t a sucker for using the pulp-fiction “the butler did it” solution, is she?


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