for studentsFor those studying Agatha Christie’s novels in class or as part of a summer reading programme, the following areas of the site may be helpful:
And Then There Were None
Murder on the Orient Express
The community forums are useful resources for additional insights and discussions and there are also a number of additional online resources.
Spark notes for And Then There Were None (free to access online)
Spark notes for Murder on the Orient Express (free to access online)
For non-native speakers, HarperCollins now publish a series of simplified versions of Christie's novels with audio recordings. If you can't yet read the original in English, these are the next best thing.
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Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its _x000D_
tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of year._x000D_
By the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in_x000D_
his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the _x000D_
With tension mounting, detective Hercule Poirot comes up with not one, but two solutions to the crime…_x000D_
The Acting Edition of And Then There Were None. Agatha Christie changed the ending of the novel for this world renowned play.
Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder; one by one they start to die. In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead - poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up in this ideal play for schools, colleges, and community theatres.
First presented at St James' Theatre in London on November 17, 1943. The play opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City on June 27, 1944. It was directed by Albert deCourville.
Ten people, strangers to each other, are invited to a lavish estate on an island. Through a recording, their mysterious host accuses each of his 'guests' of murder and proceeds to exact 'justice'. The tension mounts as, one by one, the number of people are reduced through the ingenious plotting of the unseen killer. Finally only two are left and each is uncertain as to weather or not the other is the murderer. A top cast of veteran performers bring the intricate twist of the plot to life. One of the most thrilling novels, climaxes at the spine tingling conclusion. Match wits with the script as you watch a thriller that has carved its own special niche in the realm of tales of suspense and mystery. Released by 20th Century Fox.
A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring John Moffatt as the great Belgian detective with Simon Williams and Philip Jackson.
Alice Ascher, a poor, elderly shopkeeper, is murdered in Andover. Betty Barnard, a young waitress, is strangled with her own belt at Bexhill-on-Sea. Next comes Carmichael Clarke, collector of Chinese art, clubbed to death in Churston. Only in Doncaster does the pattern vary: the man found stabbed in the Regal Cinema is called George Earsfield.
But each time, an ABC railway guide is found by the dead bodies, and each time, Poirot is warned in advance by a taunting letter from someone signed 'ABC'. Who is ABC? And can Poirot find out in time to prevent the death of a whole alphabet of victims?
The police doubt him and the public are in a state of panic, but Poirot is convinced that the murderer's luck will turn, and sooner or later he will make a crucial mistake. And Poirot will be there when he does...