Stranded on Lord Black's wondrous estate, the disparate guests have more in common than they first realize.
Accused in a mysterious letter of having committed crimes in their past, one by one they are hunted down. But who is the killer? Will any of them live to find out?
A modern retelling of the Agatha Christie classic--with a shocking twist.
Countdown to Death by Iain McChesney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Countdown to Death by Iain McChesney is a 2015 Wayzgooze Press Publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Ten green bottles, hanging on the wall! And if one green bottle should accidentally fall, There'll be nine green bottles...”
A group of people from all walks of life are invited to visit “Lord Black” in his Scottish Island 'castle' in a secluded and remote location. Once they arrive, they realize that their darkest and dirtiest secrets are about to be exposed and justice is about to be served…
“Something that last in this world, that's what counts, the rest of it is snow falling in springtime.”
As the synopsis of this mystery tale explains, this is a modern day retelling of the classic Agatha Christie novel “Then There Were None”.
Daring to put a new spin on such a groundbreaking and beloved classic is a little bit risky, in my opinion, so, I wondered if the author was either deep in his cups, had brass balls, or perhaps he was, in his own special way, paying homage to the classic mystery novel and especially to Ms. Christie, who quite literally turned the mystery genre on its head when she wrote “Then There were None.”
I approached the story with a slight feeling of trepidation, wondering in what way the author puts his own personal stamp on this familiar outline, hoping this wasn't too ambitious of an undertaking. I also wondered how I should approach it, since the temptation to compare the old with the new might be unavoidable. As it turns out the story is very well written, even stylish, with some wickedly dark humor, and a few illustrations added in, to put the cherry on the cake.
Having read one of this author's books in the past, I knew going in the writing would be impressive, and was happy to see the obvious respect he has for this genre, using his very vivid imagination to breath new life into this standard classic. The dialogue was crisp and distinct, the atmosphere was unique and of course the story has a stunning and spectacular conclusion.
This is a fun and interesting spin on the classic novel, very unique and witty, which could even spark a renewed interest in British, 'locked room', or vintage mysteries, or maybe inspire a few more retellings in the future! I for one think that is a great idea! I had a great time reading this one!
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