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Fridge Brilliance

  • Even if there'd been a last survivor, the killer might still have gotten their way. Whomever was left behind on the island would naturally be blamed for the murders, and hanged for them. (Technically that wouldn't match the poem's suicide, but it could be Metaphorically True that they'd put themselves into the noose by committing their original crime, and then coming to the island in the first place!)
    • Vera finding three unbroken figurines makes sense when you consider that the killer was accounting for Blore's death (as Vera and Lombard had definitely seen his body), but not Armstrong's (as he didn't know whether or not they had discovered his body yet).
      • I would say that the killer did figure out that they had found the body (otherwise it would be unclear why Vera shot Lombard, if there still was Armstrong to blame everything on). The real reason seems to be much simpler: even if Lombard (as Vera must think at that moment) removed the fourth figurine after he had killed Armstrong and installed some trap to kill Blore, she's still pretty damn sure that he did not enter the house since they all left it (and at that moment there were three figurines left). So any messing with the figurines would have immediately alerted her to the presence of someone else - and remember, at this point Vera is still relatively sane and armed with a revolver.
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  • "Ladies and gentlemen! Silence, please! You are charged with the following indictments..." You know what that sounds like? A judge reading out the charges.
  • Reread the first section of the book. The one narrated by Wargrave. Christie is an evil genius.
    Constance Culmington, he reflected to himself, was exactly the kind of woman who would buy an island and surround herself in mystery. Nodding in gentle approval of his logic, Lawrence Wargrave allowed himself to drift to sleep.

Fridge Horror

  • What exactly did Fred Narracott do to deserve being the man who found the 10 dead bodies?
    • I doubt he would have found ten. he'd come across the first body and then run back to his boat.
      • Maybe he didn't find all of them (especially those who had died far from the house), but he almost surely encountered more than one corpse, because on discovering the first one he probably tried to locate someone alive to ask/tell about the dead body. Well, at least he probably wasn't alone, as the policemen mention "the other men" alongside him.
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    • Also, the bodies of Marston and Mrs. Rogers would have been starting to stink by the time Narracott got there.
      • Not to mention that Rogers (hacked up with a hatchet) and Blore (brains literally bashed in / stabbed with a carving knife) would have had very gory deaths, as well. I'm pretty sure that in the book, Blore was simply left lying in plain sight with brains leaking out all over the terrace, since neither Lombard or Vera were in any state (or had any time) to put his body in his room.

Fridge Logic

  • In addition to the three clues acknowledged by the killer, there are additional reasons not mentioned that would lead an investigator to the killer. The investigators consider that U.N. Owen must be one of the ten dead people. The murderer, who is terminally ill should come under suspicion as one willing to commit suicide.
    • On the idea of clues, it seems all of the victims prior to Armstrong were put in their beds with sheets over them. In his confession, Wargrave makes no mention of jury rigging his suicide so that the sheet falls over his face, and it would seem problematic for the elastic-on-the-gun trick to work properly if he did. Perhaps the lack of a sheet might be a further tip off to the police?
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    • How would you know Wargrave were terminally ill though? No electronic medical records, a private doctor - and one who would need a subpoena before revealing medical documents which are confidential.
    • Although the book mentions that the purchaser of Indian Island covered up the financial tracks, an investigation of the victim's accounts should reveal suddenly missing money invested in dummy corporations.
      • And what will it prove? The police already know who technically purchased the island and already guessed "that death of Morris' is a damned sight too opportune". Maybe you meant the murderer's accounts?
      • Talk of dummy corporations is anachronistic. How would the police know the difference? No such thing as financial forensic analysts in the 20s.
    • And indeed the murderer would have to be someone wealthy enough to buy an island. That rules out nearly all of them.
      • That was the defining clue for me. Out of all of them, the only ones who could possibly secure the funds were Marston, Armstrong, Brent, and Wargrave. None of the others could acquire anywhere close to that much money, and we have no clue how much the playboy and old lady actually have.
    • Also, as mentioned on the Headscratchers page, despite the diaries' evidence the police must have only found Wargrave's blood in his room, not in the parlor, where he presumably was killed. While the absence of the blood in the parlor might be explained away with mere cleaning that was not deemed important enough to be mentioned in the diaries, the amount of blood in the room might be more suspicious.
  • Judge Wargrave sending himself a letter of invitation to the island is a pretty slick move, since it could be used as cover later if the group members try to establish their legitimacy by showing that they too were invited by the murderer. However, in his first scene, Wargrave clearly reads the letter to himself as if he's never seen it before, recalls the woman who supposedly sent it to him, and takes a few minutes to wonder about the identity of the island's mysterious owner. None of these things make sense if Wargrave orchestrated the murder plot.
    Constance Culmington, he reflected to himself, was exactly the kind of woman who would buy an island and surround herself in mystery. Nodding in gentle approval of his logic, Lawrence Wargrave allowed himself to drift to sleep.

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