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Das Böse unter der Sonne by Agatha Christie

Das Böse unter der Sonne (original 1941; edition 2006)

by Agatha Christie, Martin Maria Schwarz (Narrator)

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Title:Das Böse unter der Sonne
Authors:Agatha Christie
Other authors:Martin Maria Schwarz (Narrator)
Info:Hörbuchproduktionen (2006), Edition: Ungekürzt., Audio CD
Collections:Read but unowned, Audiobooks
Tags:audiobook, ed-german, library-books, listened, mystery, mystery-golden-age, oldies, read-2010, unabridged

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Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (1941)

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    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 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 |
In which all the likeable characters are truly awful people and the irritating characters are actually the moral compass. ( )
  CCleveland | Nov 27, 2013 |
Very entertaining until the terrible last page where a man proposes to one of the female characters and asks her to give up her business to 'live in the country', she passionately replies that it's her pride and joy and she won't give it up, only to fall into his arms two lines later. Christie's characterization can be such a disappointment sometimes. The plot is good, if a little convoluted. ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
Poirot just can’t take a vacation! Everytime he shows up anywhere, no business in mind, just relaxing, a dead body shows up!

This time he is at a seaside hotel where the usual cross-section of British society is taking their holiday and, as seems to be usual in an Agatha Christie novel, there are a couple of Americans also.

One of the guests is an actress known for collecting men. A young newlywed seems to be the man du jour. Unfortunately, her husband and the wife of the newlywed don’t seem too happy with the arrangement. When she turns up dead in a sheltered cove, the suspects are many. Poirot pulls together many obscure clues such as a bottle thrown out of a window and a pair of scissors found on the beach to capably assist the local police in apprehending the killer in a plot that feels somewhat familiar. The ending will surprise those who are not familiar with Agatha Christie’s style and will be satisfying but not surprising to those who are.

After reading two Poirot novels in a row that do have Captain Hastings in them, I find that I am missing him. I think he humanizes Poirot in a way that is missing from this book. That being said, any Poirot book is better than a lot of what is being written today. If I were new to Poirot, I wouldn’t start with this one. I would start with The Mysterious Affair at Styles. If you are a fan of Poirot, you’ll enjoy this outing with the Belgian. ( )
1 vote Mrsbaty | Oct 13, 2013 |
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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.
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Who had strangled seductive Arlena?

Was it her proud and reserved husband, who knew she was an adulteress? Or her strange stepdaughter, who made voodoo dolls in Arlena's image and stuck pins in them? Was it the religious fanatic who was tortured by her beauty? Or the young man who was so obviously in love with her? Or possibly, one of hte women who had - or thought she had - reasons to wish her dead?

Hercule Poirot, vacationing at the scene of the tragedy, agreed to interrupt his holiday to try to solve the bafellihng case.
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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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