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Evil Under the Sun (original 1941; edition 2006)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Evil Under the Sun
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (2006), Hardcover, 224 pages
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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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I initially picked this book as I thought it was set in Egypt, it's actually set in Devon - not much difference.

Having seen a tv adaptation I could remember who the victim was but no who committed the murder or why.
A quick undemanding read that reinforces my belief that if you ever find yourself in the same place as Poirot then you should leave as quickly as possible. ( )
1 vote KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
Read this in one day as I was sick and my nose would not stop running long enough to allow me to do anything. Good escapist reading. Just ignore the old fashioned sexism and stereotyping. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
Hercule Poirot is on holiday in a hotel in a beach resort off the south coast of England. One of the other guests is murdered, and he works with the police to discover who is responsible. A nice balance of different types of people, and an interesting mystery with an unexpected ending.

Read aloud to my teenage sons, and we all thought it a reasonable book. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
From the inside flap: "Young actress Arlena Stuart Marshall is brutally strangled on the cliffs (beach) of a seaside resort. Each of the guests at the Jolly Roger Hotel has a compelling motive, including Arlena's brand new husband (Kenneth Marshall), who seems to be the only man on the island not utterly distracted by her beauty. It is obvious to all that Patrick Redfern was violently smitten, much to the the distress of his own wife (Christine). And the women hotel guests saw the frivolous and flirtatious starlet in a rather different light. Only Hercule Poirot, who has come to the Jolly Roger for some much needed relaxation can sift through the murderous secrets and macabre clues to unravel the mystery at this secluded playground by the sea."

Included in the cast of characters are; Arlena's step-daughter Linda (whom she treats poorly & in return much hated), Rosamund Darnley (Arlena's husband's childhood friend whom still cares for him), Mr. & Mrs Gardner (American tourists), Major Barry (retired & gossip), Miss Emily Brewster (a curious but athletic spinster), Reverend Lane (an over zealous preacher, very much concerned with evil & women), and Horace Blatt (a self made man of dubious character).

One fated morning Arlena takes off alone (asking M. Poirot to not tell anyone where she has gone...but he knows she is set to meet someone), Christine and Linda go off to sit on the beach & sketch..... Patrick sets off w/ Miss Brewster for a row about the island and they come across the strangled Arlena.

Not only is there the murder down on the cove at the Jolly Roger (named for Captain Roger Angmering), there is blackmail, a boat w/ suspicious red sails, the smuggling of drugs, and the murder of a young woman a year previous.....

All this ties up quite neatly at the end, as at the end is when most of the clues & red herrings are revealed.

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  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Hercule Poirot is always entertaining. This murder mystery is set at a beach resort which makes it a little different. Also, this audio book was read by David Suchet, who also plays the part of Poirot in the movies. He did an excellent job with all the accents! I enjoyed it very much. ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahmavaara, EeroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagerup, AndersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suchet, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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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)

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