Study Guide

And Then There Were None Genre

By Agatha Christie

Genre

Mystery, Historical Fiction

Mystery

And Then There Were None is only one of the most famous mystery stories of all time, so it would only make sense that it would fit in this genre. The novel is a classic whodunit (kind of like a Scooby Doo episode, except with fewer monster masks) in which the ten characters on the island have to figure out who is killing them all off. They’re the only people there, so it has to be one of them. Can they figure it out before they’re all dead? And can you—yes you, dear reader—figure it out, too?

Historical Fiction

Agatha Christie was a dame (a real actual dame) in England in the early 1900s, and so the novel too has a distinctly 1900s British feel to it. In fact, all of the characters remain quite prim and proper throughout. They arrive via steam engine train, have servants, listen to gramophones, and say things to each other like, “You’ll be all right now, Mrs. Rogers. Just a nasty turn” (3.119). Yep, we can definitely see Lady Mary picking this one up to distract herself from her weekly family tragedy.