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And Then There Were None and Whose Body? - June CC Book Club Selection

Mary13Mary13 4236 replies88 threads Senior Member
Our June selection is a Whodunit duet: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers. And Then There Were None, published in 1939, tells the story of ten people invited to an island, only to find their numbers dwindling as one after the other is mysteriously killed. A combination thriller and detective story, the novel is considered to be Christie’s greatest technical achievement, the book she named as the most difficult to plan and write.

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers was published in 1923 and introduced gentleman detective Lord Peter Wimsey, a character who went on to be featured in eleven novels and two sets of short stories. More than just a crime writer, Sayers was a poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and student of classical and modern languages.

Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers were contemporaries and founding members of The Detection Club, and their masterful works helped transform the genre.

Both novels are in the public domain and available for free online:
https://archive.org/stream/AndThenThereWereNone_726/AndThenThereWereNone_djvu.txt
https://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/sayers/body/whose-body.html

You can also listen to a recording of either book:
https://librivox.org/whose-body-by-dorothy-l-sayers/
https://archive.org/details/AndThenThereWereNone-AgathaChristie

Let’s find out if these two mysteries hold up almost 100 years later. Discussion begins June 1st. Please join us!
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  • ignatiusignatius 3547 replies21 threads Senior Member
    Count me in. I'm looking forward to reading both books, which is a good thing because I've been in such a reading slump that nothing has appealed lately.
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  • HImomHImom 36057 replies396 threads Senior Member
    edited April 15
    Thanks for choosing public domain books, since our library is closed due to COVID 19, at least until 4/30.

    Just sent the link to my son’s GF and she’s thrilled! Who knows, she may join the discussion too!?!?
    edited April 15
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  • mathmommathmom 33242 replies163 threads Senior Member
    I'm looking forward to revisiting Lord Peter and I don't believe I've read the Agatha Christie. We have a huge collection of her lesser known work that my younger son picked up at a library sale, but I don't think this one is in it.
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  • HouseChatteHouseChatte 1288 replies2 threads Senior Member
    edited April 15
    For those still looking for the Christie book, it was published under two other (racist) titles depending on edition and print date.
    edited April 15
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  • mathmommathmom 33242 replies163 threads Senior Member
    Good point HouseChatte.
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  • kiddiekiddie 3886 replies242 threads Senior Member
    edited April 15
    Interesting fact about the Christie book:

    And Then There Were None is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939 under the title Ten Little Something Else, later edited to Ten Little Indians, and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company in January 1940 under the title And Then There Were None.

    The original play and related movie version (which Christie oversaw) goes by the name ten little indians and has a different ending.
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  • kiddiekiddie 3886 replies242 threads Senior Member
    Interesting fact about the Christie book:

    And Then There Were None is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939 under the title Ten Little N... (can't put the actual word is as it gets flagged as inappropriate), later edited to Ten Little Indians, and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company in January 1940 under the title And Then There Were None.

    The original play and related movie version (which Christie oversaw) go by the name ten little indians and have a different ending
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  • Mary13Mary13 4236 replies88 threads Senior Member
    It's amazing to me that even back in 1939 that original title was considered acceptable. :(
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  • stradmomstradmom 5235 replies51 threads Senior Member
    Thanks for the links @Mary13 ! Iknew about the other titles for the Christie book; a sad commentary...
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  • Snowball CitySnowball City 1876 replies53 threads Senior Member
    It had been awhile since I read the Christie book. I downloaded the audio book narrated by Dan Stevens. I started listening last night at bedtime but had to stop and put on the Sayers book. The Christie book got me tense!
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  • MarilynMarilyn 4352 replies142 threads Senior Member
    I dragged out my carton of Agatha Christies and among the 64 paperbacks, did find the correct book. Interestingly enough, it's the 1975 printing that apparently was done when the movie came out. The front cover says "Now a Major Motion Picture. Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians. (Formerly entitled And Then There Were None). And drawings of all the characters, presumably portrayed by the movie actors since the back cover promotes the movie. As noted, starring Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Richard Attenborough, and Gert Froebe (Goldfinger!) among others, and the voice of Orson Welles.
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  • HouseChatteHouseChatte 1288 replies2 threads Senior Member
    Started reading the Christie and am sucked way in already. Being in effect a locked-room (locked-island?) mystery during a quarantine situation where I'm housebound makes it pack even a harder punch.
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  • HImomHImom 36057 replies396 threads Senior Member
    Christie is such a skilled writer! Great read!
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  • mathmommathmom 33242 replies163 threads Senior Member
    I was surprised to discover that I don't own every Dorothy Sayer book after all! And my son took all the Agatha Christies away. :)
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  • AnAsmomAnAsmom 179 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I have a spare of the AC book and can put it in the mail if anyone would like a hard copy. I personally like to read a mix of physical books and e-books. Although, as I struggle with the weight of Middlemarch both literally and figuratively, I’m liking the e-books better each day.
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  • HImomHImom 36057 replies396 threads Senior Member
    I hadn’t read an ebook in a longtime, but the Agatha Christie was manageable for meals an ebook. I did have to scribble a few notes to sort out the many characters initially.
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  • ignatiusignatius 3547 replies21 threads Senior Member
    I started Whose Body?. It looks to be a quick read.

    I thought I'd pull up this thread as a reminder to all who want to join the discussion on June 1.
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  • VeryHappyVeryHappy 19004 replies336 threads Senior Member
    June 1? If May is anything like April, it will be two years long.
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  • HImomHImom 36057 replies396 threads Senior Member
    “Then There Were None” was a quick read. I’m waiting awhile before starting the 2nd book so I can have a fresher memory when discussion starts.
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  • ignatiusignatius 3547 replies21 threads Senior Member
    edited May 6
    Well, that was easy. I'm already finished with Whose Body?, so on to And Then There Were None.

    This duet is fun (and easy).
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