Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Evil Under the Sun (original 1941; edition 1998)

by Agatha Christie

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,566422,340 (3.69)100
Title:Evil Under the Sun
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Literary Express Inc (1998), Hardcover, 182 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (1941)

  1. 50
    Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: Hercule Poirot and holidays never get on well together. Wherever Poirot goes death seems to stalk him. If anyone enjoys Evil under the Sun s/he should also enjoy Death on the Nile. Both books feature not only Poirot in a holiday mood but also women who are fatally attractive and men who desperately fall for them. But then things are not always what they seem.… (more)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 100 mentions

English (38)  Danish (2)  Swedish (1)  Dutch (1)  All languages (42)
Showing 1-5 of 38 (next | show all)
Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie is a Hercule Poirot mystery. The setting is a beach resort on the southern coast of England. The murder victim is Arlena Marshall, a woman whom the other guests have been gossiping about. Strangled and left lying on a deserted beach, this was a woman who was not liked and there are many suspects. Could the murderer be her husband, tired of watching her go off with other men, or perhaps it was Christine Redfern who was standing by quiety watching her husband being lured into an affair.

Hercule Poirot is more than willing to give up his holiday and put his little grey cells to work on this puzzler. Although he is an insufferable little man with a very superior attitude, he does understand human nature and it’s weaknesses. I am a sucker for the scene that has the suspects gathered together for the big reveal and, in Evil Under the Sun, Hercule Poirot outdoes himself with accusations flying around the room making everyone seem capable of the deed until he finally zeros in on his actual suspect.

This was a fun read, but although I thought this was my first time reading it, I couldn’t vanquish that niggling feeling that I had read it before. I also thought I knew who the murderer was and the motive behind the act. This made the final reveal all the more enjoyable when I realized I was quite wrong and perhaps had been thinking of a different Agatha Christie book. Evil Under the Sun was a quick, light, and agreeable read but not particularly outstanding in any way. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Aug 5, 2015 |
My least favourite Christie/Poirot in the series thus far. Perhaps because I read it in between two instalments of the Game of Thrones series. :-)

At the end of the book, when Poirot unfolds his findings and points out the murderer, I was of course surprised at the ingenuity of Christie (as always), but didn't feel excited or anything else about the story. The book reads more like a dry listing of facts for the detective to use in the last chapter than as a compelling narrative. ( )
  bbbart | May 30, 2015 |
Popirot investigates the murder of a beutifu but supposedly evil actress at a seas8de resort in southwest England. ( )
  antiquary | Oct 29, 2014 |
Not Agatha Christie's best work, but an enjoyable tale nonetheless. The description of the hotel and its inhabitants was classic Christie and I was kept guessing throughout as to who did it. The answer is slightly disappointing - the murder plot is far too contrived. ( )
  cazfrancis | Sep 23, 2014 |
I didn't like this as much as the other Agatha Christie novels I have read. While I enjoyed the setting on a small island off the Devon coast with just a small hotel and an attractive coastline, the actual explanation for the crime struck me as unrealistically complex. Poirot's ratiocination is also suspect: he begins by identifying who he thinks is the most likely culprit, constructs a sequence of events that allows for that outcome, and it turns out to be true. This is no Sherlockian working up of evidence dispassionately to lead to a conclusion. ( )
  john257hopper | Sep 6, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 38 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (49 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Agatha Christieprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagerup, AndersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suchet, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
In memory of our last season in Syria
First words
When Captain Roger Angmering built himself a house in the year 1782 on the island off Leathercombe Bay, it was thought the height of eccentricity on his part.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425129608, Paperback)

A flirtatious young bride is strangled to death while vacationing, and only Poirot can unravel the woman's strange secrets.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:34 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun - she had been strangled. Ever since Arlena's arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent 'crime of passion' have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 15 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
48 avail.
33 wanted
6 pay10 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.69)
1 5
1.5 3
2 26
2.5 10
3 155
3.5 39
4 215
4.5 19
5 83


4 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,852,019 books! | Top bar: Always visible