Strange mysteries

Another two novels arrived this week, both by a female author and both in sense a tale of mystery. The first is the Gothic novel The Mysteries Of Udolpho (1794) by Ann Radcliffe. With almost 700 pages quite the heavy tome for the time. Second is And Then There Were None (1939) by Agatha Christie. Its original title is Ten Little Niggers, but of course such titles aren’t seen as politically correct anymore these days. I’m quite the Agatha Christie fan and love the movie and TV adaptations of her Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot stories. I’ve read a fair number of her books, but only a limited amount of her many publications. Although I knew the original title of the novel and never realized I had never read the actual novel before while it is considered to be one of her best. So on that acclamation I decided to buy it as I would else not have turned upon it by chance.

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