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Evil under the sun by Agatha Christie

Evil under the sun (original 1941; edition 1945)

by Agatha Christie

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Agatha Christie's exotic seaside mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. 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)
Title:Evil under the sun
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Pocket Books, inc (1945), Unknown Binding
Collections:Your library
Tags:murdermystery, agathachristie, british, english, britain, england, thirdperson, 20thcentury, xx

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Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (1941)

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    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)

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In which a seaside holiday goes horribly wrong…

"Evil Under the Sun" is a somewhat inconsequential little Christie, written on the heels of her most prolific decade as a novelist. The crime is ingeniously plotted, although the mystery itself is bog-standard, with a host of intertwined resort guests and a seemingly impossible murder. The characters are interesting, if not compelling, but the joy is in seeing Poirot’s reasoning, for this is one of those books where his little grey cells are put to such good use.

"Evil" is no classic, but it’s a solid example of what made Christie Christie, and it’s not really a surprise that this was chosen to follow "Death on the Nile" in the Peter Ustinov series of films.

Three-and-a-half stars.

Poirot ranking: 20th out of 38. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
Synopsis: Hercule, along with a group of people turn up at a seaside house to spend a few days in the sun. A woman is killed in a small cove with no one around to do the deed. Hercule has to sort out who had motive, and opportunity.
Review: Like most of the Hercule Poirot mysteries, it was a bit tiresome in spots. ( )
  DrLed | Jun 29, 2018 |
Another fun story by Agatha Christie. This one I was able to figure out part of it before the big reveal, but not all the details fit until explained at the end. I love the intricate plots in these novels. Recommended to any Poirot fan. ( )
1 vote ktlavender | Jul 17, 2017 |
A good holiday read. What began as a slow narration ended in quite a high. This one was conveyed as a crime of passion which kept me interested in knowing the murderer in the end. ( )
  Hanneri | Dec 26, 2016 |
i love this book ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
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