Monday, July 09, 2012

Teaser Tuesday 136: And Then There Were None

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


I did a reread of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie over the weekend. Of course, given how long it has been since I read this, and that it was one of the first books of hers I ever read, it was pretty much like reading it for the first time—and definitely just as enjoyable. I had a difficult time settling on just one teaser, so you're getting more than one today. Enjoy!



If this had been an old house, with creaking wood, and dark shadows, and heavily paneled walls, there might have been an eerie feeling. But this house was the essence of modernity. There were no dark corners—no possible sliding panels—it was flooded with electric light—everything was new and bright and shining. There was nothing hidden in this house, nothing concealed. It had no atmosphere about it. Somehow, that was the most frightening thing of all. . . (pg 53)

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And there was someone in the room. . . . She had heard something—surely she had heard something. . . . And then, as she stood there, listening—a cold clammy hand touched her throat—a wet hand, smelling of the sea. . . . (pg 128)



ABOUT THE BOOK:
Originally titled "Ten Little Indians," this classic mystery novel was first published in 1939.

First, there were ten; a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal; and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.




28 comments:

Maryellen said...

Love this teaser,a hand around her throat!!

Here is my TT:
http://maryellenbrady.com/2012/07/09/teaser-tuesday-hourglass-by-myra-mcentire/

Have a great week!

Jennifer Messerschmidt said...

Ohhh creepy! Who is it?! I've heard great things about this author but haven't read any of her books yet. Thanks for stopping by My TT!

Sandy Nachlinger said...

I love the cold, clammy hand at her throat. It's time for me to reread Agatha Christie!
My Teaser is from ...And The Whippoorwill Sang.

Heather said...

MaryEllen: Thank you, I thought that an ideal passage to share. *WG*

Jennifer: It's even creepier than it seems, but I'm not saying anything more. You'll just have to (finally!) pick up one of her books, hehe...

Sandy: It's been a while since I read Agatha Christie, and I hope to read or reread a few more in the near future.

Beth said...

That second teaser gave me chills! Here is my teaser for this week.

Shelley Munro said...

The second teaser made my skin prickle. I do love Agatha Christie.

Here's My Teaser

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Oh creepy cool. Very nice

tfwalsh said...

Great descriptions... I really get a feel for the house.

Thanks for visiting my teaser.

Kari Po-Ku ▲ said...

Creepy teaser! I think I should check this out, haha. :D

My TT

Heather said...

Beth: It is a bit chilling, isn't it? *g*

Shelley: You can never go wrong with Agatha Christie. I'm hoping to get to something else of hers this year.

Heather said...

Jessica: Hehe...thank you.

Tania: Thank you. I think large, imposing houses can be as creepy as old, settled ones.

Kari: I think everyone shouild read Agatha Christie at least once in their life. *G*

Tribute Books Mama said...

I always liked Agatha Christie, nice teaser.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/07/teaser-tuesday_10.html

Alice Audrey said...

You're reminding me that I haven't read one of her books in waaaay too long.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, definitely a must-read! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

Heather said...

Tribute: Thank you, I have long liked her books as well--though I have not read that many. I also enjoy watching the movies of her books on PBS.

Heather said...

Alice: So we can look forward to seeing one in one of your future Teaser Tuesdays? ;D

Laurel-Rain: Certainly not one of Christie's novels to be missed. It's a classic for a reason. *g*

kaye said...

great choice for a teaser. This is the only Agatha Christie I've read and I really liked it. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Heather said...

Thanks, Kaye! I'm glad you enjoyed your reading of it.

Lisa-Marie Jordan said...

Great teaser!

Sarah said...

Ooooo...great teaser from p. 128! I really like Agatha Christie but have not read this one!

Here's mine: http://readandstitch.blogspot.com/2012/07/teaser-tuesday.html

Heather said...

Lisa-Marie: Thank you! *vbg*

Sarah: Thanks! Time to put this one on your list, huh? :)

Natasha said...

I haven't heard of this one before. Sounds good!

I'm a new follower!
Here's mine:
http://www.bookmarkyourthoughts.com/2012/07/teaser-tuesday-july-10th-2012.html

Janet Ruth said...

Oh very creepy indeed, I am too chicken to try this one!

Thanks for visiting my TT earlier today.

Sidne said...

I keep saying, I'm going to purchase me a recent novel of A.G.
good teaser. http://sidnereading.blogspot.com

Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf said...

I love Agatha Christie -- makes me want to read one of her books. She's the Queen of Mystery in my book! Great teaser!

Heather said...

Natasha: Gasp! What? You've never heard of Agatha Christie? Never heard of one of her most famous novels?

Janet Ruth: The nice thing about Christie is that, while she is the Grand Dame of the mystery genre, you will not find a lot of blood, guts or gore in her novels. Most of the murders happen off-page.

Heather said...

Sidne: I hope by "recent" you mean new edition, since La Grand Dame hasn't been with us for some time now. While I like the clean, easy-to-read type of the newer editions, there's something hard to resist about finding an older edition at a used books sale.

Melissa: Definitely the queen of the mystery genre. She and Dorothy Sayer helped define the genre. Can't go wrong with either of them! :)

Candace said...

Hi, great blog! I am a new follower from Teaser Tuesday. I would love a follow back!

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Candace