Just so there’s no misunderstandings, this post is on the epilogue, the next post tomorrow is on a mysterious “letter found in a bottle”.

In some ways, this chapter is a bit of a nod to Christie’s normal detective novels, where the police come in and try to sort out the crime. And maybe if Hercule Poirot was on hand or Miss Marple, they’d have a better chance.

But they’re coming up with nothing. We’re now enlightened about the fascinating back story about why the boat never came to rescue the 10 during the week, the involvement of Isaac Morris (the Jewish gentleman referenced back in Chapter 1, if you remember three weeks ago) and a little bit more background on our characters. (Though obviously our killer knew more about their back stories than the police were able to uncover.)

So in some ways, this chapter just serves to reiterate the mystery and deal with any final theories that people might have. (I like the bit best where they’re trying to work out how the last three could have died.) And who doesn’t feel creeped out by the chair below Vera’s body being placed neatly back against the wall?

Without a doubt, U N Owen is the 1930s precursor to Keyser Soze.

And sometime after this investigation was closed – we’re not sure how long – a boat comes across a bottle floating in the water with a letter in it. That letter, which we’ll read tomorrow, contains the final missing pieces of information that shed light on what took place on Indian Island . . .

See you tomorrow!

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3 thoughts on “And Then There were None – Epilogue

  1. Yeah, almost a non-chapter with, as you say, 90% being a reiteration of stuff we knew. But enough fresh stuff to keep me happy.

    Good to see the police are as clueless as we readers.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s finale.

  2. That chair being put back removes my theory that the novel lines up with the movie Identity, which has been my lingering anxiety throughout.

    Will it be that there were a number of murderers? Looking forward to finding out!

  3. And Then There Were None, was once Ten Little Indians, by either name it is one of Agatha Christie’s best plots, and of course her writing was always impeccable.

    This book is one of the worlds highest sellers

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