My first reaction after I picked this book was how old fashioned the writing was, but after awhile, I got used to it. The story structure was well designed and the overall content was great! This is definitely one of the best mysteries I have ever read, and normally, mystery books are pretty predictable to the point where you know who’s going to die next or who the killer is, but in this book, it is very mysterious, and I was really shocked when I found out who the killer was. The tone and the mood was capricious, and this book is appropriate for all levels, although kids aged under 12 may find some scenes scary, and there will be some swearing ; otherwise, children to adults will love this book, and I would definitely rate this mystery an 8 out of 10 stars because of the not-so-good word choice and the somewhat-boring beginning.
STUDY QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY:
1. Where does Constance Culmington ask Mr. Justice Wargrave to meet her?
1a. She asks him to meet her at Indian Island (2)
2.Who was unable to reach Indian Island until the next day?
2a. Mr. Owens was unable to reach Indian Island until the next day. (28)
3. What are all 9 guests guilty of?
3a. They are all guilty of murder (42)
4. Who was ordered by Mr. Owens to turn on the gramophone?
4a. Rogers was ordered to turn on the gramophone.( 48)
5. Who died after ingesting potassium cyanide?
5a. Anthony Marston died after ingesting potassium cyanide.( 70)
6. Which poem does the 2 deaths correspond to?
6a. The two deaths correspond to the poem “10 Little Indians”. (107)
7.Who is investigating the 2 deaths?
7a. Blore, Armstrong, and Lombard are investigating the two deaths. ( 113-115)
8. Who does Vera suspect to be the murderer
8a. Dr. Armstrong is suspected to be the murderer.(15)
9. Who was the 4th person to die?
9a. Rogers was the 4th person who died.(169)
10. When was Rogers killed?
10a. He was killed when he was outside chopping wood, and he didn’t notice the killer.
11. How did Vera almost die?
11a. She almost choked herself to death with a seaweed. (198)
What’s so important about the Judge’s death
12a. Since he was thought to be the killer, the killer’s scent was thrown off path when the Judge died,
and nobody knew who the killer was. (202)
13. Who was the last person standing? Why?
13a. Vera, because she killed Blore when they were the only two people standing. (240)
14. How did Vera die at the end?
14a. She hanged herself and committed suicide. (245)
15. What happened to the chair that Vera hanged herself with?
15a. It was put away against the wall neatly by somebody else. (258)