First published 1939 and by Pan books in 1947. This is a 1950 reprint.
This copy made and printed in France
Ten men and women are invited to a lonely mansion on an island off the Devon coast by an unknown Mr. Owen, who fails to appear. Every one has something to hide...some past sin of which he or she is secretly ashamed. They assemble in an atmosphere of grim foreboding: in the centre of the dining-room they see a set of ten china nigger-boys. A voice suddenly announces the charge against each guest. The the first death occurs; and one by one these unhappy people meet their fate, exactly according to the old nursey-rhyme framed above each bedroom mantelpiece.