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Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #23)

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The fabulous tourist spot of Leathercombe Bay is the perfect place for spoiled heiress Arlena Marshall to be desired by handsome men, envied by jealous women, doted upon by her slavish husband...and strangled to death on the beach. Pity there are so many suspects.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Berkley (first published June 1941)
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mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are at a posh seaside resort and you are in love with a hot-bodied bitch, and even worse, she is not your wife. You are surrounded by the idle rich and the grasping poor. Matters do not improve once an insufferable little Frenchman, or some such European, insists on butting into your affairs. You already have to deal with your clingy wife, the gorgeous woman you are obsessed with, rumors of murder, the hot hot sun and the illusions that can arise in that heat... and
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Nandakishore Varma
Jun 01, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was the second Agatha Christie mystery I read, immediately after The Mysterious Affair at Styles. A beautiful femme fatale murdered on the beach at a resort. It simply blew me away.

Of course, many of the common shortcomings of Christie I have noticed later (as I grew older and became more critical) are present in this novel: the excessive reliance on coincidence, too many red herrings, the author's need to pair off couples - but so are her strengths; deft characterisation, sparkling dialogu
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Jason Koivu
Mar 13, 2014 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does a body turn up every time you go to the beach? Do your fellow oceanside resort residents murder one another on a regular basis whenever you vacation on the coast? Then you might be a detective in an Agatha Christie novel.

Evil Under the Sun finds our favorite little Belgian sleuth amongst Summer holidayers, a small sampling of flirtatious women, jealous wives, inattentive husbands and an angsty teen. There are hints of smuggling, drugs and black magic. Will you discover what's going on befor
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Nikoleta
May 13, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, classics
Αυτή η ιστορία δεν μου άρεσε τόσο όσο άλλες με ήρωα τον Ηρακλή Πουαρό, που τυγχάνει να είναι κ πολύ αγαπημένος μου. Και αυτό γιατί δεν με τράβηξε ιδιαίτερα η ιστορία. Η πλοκή είναι λίγο ως πολύ μπερδεμένη. Δεν σου δίνεται η δυνατότητα να παρακολουθήσεις τα στοιχεία και να παίξεις όπως σε άλλες ιστορίες της Κρίστι (κάτι που λατρεύω να κάνω), τα χαρτιά κρατιούνται κλειστά και απλώς στο τέλος ξεφουρνίζεται η λύση. Κατά την διάρκεια της λύσης δεν έμεινα έκπληκτη, όπως μου συμβαίνει πάντα, γιατί ούτω ...more
Susan
Apr 10, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This classic Poirot novel started life as a short story, “Triangle at Rhodes,” which was published in 1936. Four years later, in 1940, the plot had been re-worked into this excellent novel – one of the best featuring Poirot in my opinion. The beginning of this novel sees Poirot on holiday at The Jolly Roger Hotel, Smuggler’s Island. It is a wonderful location for a mystery; an enclosed community at the seaside. Of course, seaside holidays had been popular in the 1920’s and, with foreign travel o ...more
David Sarkies
Mar 11, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love murder mysteries
Recommended to David by: My Mum
Shelves: mystery
Poirot's vacation is interrupted with a murder
11 March 2015

Well, after reading And Then There Were None I was wondering whether I was going to be able to read another Agatha Christie book – well it seems that I have. Okay, I selected five from my Mum's bookshelf, namely the five that I knew about, just to get a good sampling of her work. Unfortunately of the five that I grabbed, four of them happened to be Hercule Poirot mysteries (and none of the Ms Marple – which I'm going to have to rectify
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Izzy
Aug 02, 2012 Izzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie was almost ruined for me once by the opinion of an ex. He claimed her detective fiction was worthless due to shoddy construction: clues strewn about left and right, with an eventual grand reveal strung together from seemingly haphazard information. The reader doesn't have a fighting chance of solving the puzzle; it's simply not set up that way. He felt cheated.

I understood -- the books can seem more like a vehicle with which Poirot or Miss Marple can display their formidable sle
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Barry Pierce
Perhaps not one of the most riveting of Poirot's cases nonetheless Evil under the Sun is another classic addition to Agatha Christie's flawless bibliography. However the solution to the case may take a lot of convincing to be feasible. I read Christie for escapism and enjoyment and it delivered on both.
Mistery
Por mais policiais que leia, nunca nenhum irá superar as obras de Agatha Christie! Apresento-vos mais um intrigante e genial caso do nosso detetive belga preferido - Hercule Poirot - num cenário maravilhoso e com personagens que, à primeira vista, nos parecem incapazes de cometer assassínio: Mr. e Mrs. Gardener, Emily Brewster, os Redfern's, major Barry e muitas outras. Mas, como em todas (ou na maioria) as obras de Agatha Christie, o assassínio dá-nos sempre essa impressão, impressionando-nos ...more
3houd
Feb 04, 2016 3houd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كانت الحسناء أرلينا ستيوارت مستلقية بجسدها البرونزي الجميل على الأرض ووجهها
مقابل للشاطىء لكن الغريب أن الشمس لم تكن ساطعة وأرلينا لم تكن تتلقى حماما
شمسيا لقد كانت مخنوقة. حينما كانت أرلينا تظهر كان الجو المحيط يمتلىء بالتوتر
ويحتدم الغيظ فكان كل نزلاء الفندق لديهم الدافع لقتلها بمن فيهم زوجها الجديد
لكن هيركيول بوارو كان يشك في أن الجريمة التي كانت تبدو في ظاهرها جريمة عاطفية
.تنطوي على شيء أكثر شرا من هذا في الواقع

واحدة من أفضل قصص أغاثا كريستي. الجميل أن محققي المفضل يحس أحيانا بروح القاتل لحظة ي
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Luann
Apr 18, 2009 Luann rated it really liked it
Excellent! I love it that Agatha Christie can still surprise me, even with a book I've already read. Although in my defense it has been years and years since I first read it. It seemed the details I remembered to be suspicious of only led me in the wrong direction! :) Dame Christie truly is a master of misdirection!

This is Lost related because it is one of the novels that Sawyer reads on the Island. He is seen reading it when he is approached by Nikki in "Exposé." The edition I've added to my li
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Anastasia
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2013
C'è il pacco completo anche questa volta, come poterne dubitare?

Scenario invitante come lo era in Assassinio sull'Orient-Express e Dieci piccoli indiani (campioni casuali), abbiamo l'hotel Jolly Roger, un bel mare, una spiaggetta dove Poirot abbronza la sua "protuberanza proprio in mezzo al corpo" (che non è quella che potreste pensare), arcipelaghi di isolette tutte intorno e un sacco di gente in costume che vaga amenamente per la storia. Tra l'altro leggere proprio questo libro a Luglio nell'
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Tatiana
Evil Under the Sun is my favorite type of a Christie mystery. It is set on an island where a popular seaside resort Jolly Roger is located. At the crux of the mystery is Arlena Stuart Marshall, a red-headed femme fatale/actress/home-wrecker. All men at the resort want her (except her husband), all women hate her. So, of course, when one sunny morning Arlena is found strangled, suspects are in abundance. But don't worry, Hercule Poirot is on the scene and will untangle the mystery. Will the guy e ...more
Brooklyn Tayla
Can't say I guessed this one correctly. My little grey cells need fine tuning, it seems. But all in all a fabulous read with an intriguing set of supporting characters and a very intriguing mystery at its core.
Clint
May 22, 2012 Clint rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I don't know why I keep reading this Agatha Christie books, even the really good ones take away time I ought to be spending on other stuff, like sleep. This one wasn't so good, the murder happens pretty early on, and then nothing happens after that except talking, talking, talking. Haha, and I bet feminists really hate the last couple of lines, where the badass self-made business woman gives up everything reluctantly to appease the man she loves. Why did I read this again?
Ana T.
I really, really love Agatha Christie's stories and on my vacation I read quite a few. Evil Under The Sun was one of them. It is a Poirot mystery and it has a limited number of characters. They, the characters, come together at a seaside resort. With his particular interest in the human character, Poirot analises each personality and it's really interesting to see them through his eyes.


One person that stands out is Arlena Stuart, an actress who seems to captivate every male around with the exce
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Mónica Silva
Dec 14, 2012 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Poirot e as suas celulazinhas cinzentas voltam a atacar neste livro. Mais uma vez Christie elabora um crime aparentemente insolúvel mas nada constitui um desafio para este grande detetive.

Neste livro surge uma coletânea de personagens variadas e intrigantes. Arlena, uma atriz bela e sedutora, que atrai invariavelmente qualquer homem com que se cruza, chega à costa de Devon com o seu marido Kenneth e a sua enteada Linda Marshall, de 16 ano
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Taha
Aug 21, 2015 Taha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie, benim için "ters köşelerin kraliçesi" olduğunu bu kitabıyla bir kez daha kanıtladı. Bu vesileyle, en son okuduğum Siyah Damar kitabının yorumunda kullanamadığım ve içimde kalan tüm şaşkınlık ve hayret dolu gif'leri bu yorumda paylaşıp, üzerimdeki yükten kurtulmak istiyorum:)
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Stven
Mar 04, 2009 Stven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poirot fans
A thoroughly entertaining Poirot mystery, this one will always be associated in my mind with its big-budget movie adaptation and the excellent Peter Ustinov as our favorite Belgian detective. The novel, in which the setting and denouement are crafted rather more sensibly, stands up well in comparison with the movie and deserves your scrutiny.
Fuad Fidah
তেমন একটা জমলো না। হয়ত অনুবাদটা খুব একটা ভালো না বলেই।
কাহিনী খারাপ ছিল না, সচরাচর করিসটির বইতে যেমন বেশ কজন সনদেহভাজন থাকে এখানেও তাই ছিল। মার পযাঁচও খারাপ ছিল না। কিনতু পড়তে গিয়ে বারবার হোঁচট খাচছিলাম।
কিছু কিছু লেখকের বই তাঁর ভাষাতেই পড়া উচিৎ, নয়ত ভালো কোনও অনুবাদ। আধখেঁচড়া হলে জমে না।
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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
From start to finish, this story was nothing more nor less, than I have come to expect from the pen of Agatha Christie, together with the deduction and crime solving expertise of the pernickety Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, the product of her vivid imagination.

I find that Agatha Christie’s characters always carry a certain amount of predictability, which is quite comforting to know and almost look forward to, when I pick up one of her books that I have not read before. That is not to say th
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Huutavakilpikonna
Sep 09, 2015 Huutavakilpikonna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seitsemän kellon salaisuuden aiheuttaman pettymyksen jälkeen oli mukavan lukea toimivaa Christietä.
Suzanne
Jul 21, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, wobble
This was really classic Christie.
Carol
Aug 28, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já tinha bastantes saudades do fantástico Poirot e das suas infalíveis celulazinhas cinzentas, que, uma vez mais, não desiludem na resolução deste intrigante mistério.
O detetive encontrava-se, tal como eu, de férias na praia, numa ilha, local bastante calmo e tranquilo, nada propício a um assassinato, mas a verdade é que a bela atriz Arlena Marshall é encontrada estrangulada pelo amante Patrick e por Emily, ambos hóspedes do Hotel onde Poirot desfrutava as suas férias.
Arlena estava na ilha acomp
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ضهرا درعلی
با خانواده بیرون بودیم تو شب،یک چاله ای گوشه دیوار تو بیرون از شهر دیدم.به خالم گفتم اگه من کسی رو کشته بودم میاوردم اینجا دفنش میکردم کسی پیداش نمیکرد.
خالم جدا نگران شد و گفت این چه حرررفیه میزنیی؟:-خدایا

میخوام بگم شما حتی اگه یک سال هم از کتابای اگاتا نخونین بازم میتونین تاثیرشو حس کنین تو زندگیتون:)))
Leah
Hercule Poirot is a sassy, sassy BAMF.

more thoughts on the blog!
Johanna Jochum
Jun 30, 2015 Johanna Jochum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my friends once told me that Agatha Christie novels are her favorite book "palette-cleansers" - they're easy to read, the mystery is solid, and great overall. Yep. Slowly making my way through the ones that are available at the library when it gets too dark to read in the car. It's a hazard to read at lunch though, because my lunches get a LITTLE long...
Jessica
Dec 12, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
I love Agatha Christie books because they are not only a fast read, but they hearken back to another time. The characters are always fabulously upper class English, which is simply mah-velous. This one was no exception, but I found the climax to be rather sudden and I was hoping for a bit more of a meaty ending.
Laura
Nov 23, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Zut alors! Can't Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot have a Devon holiday without getting embroiled in a murder? Stars John Moffat.
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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Other Books in the Series

Hercule Poirot (1 - 10 of 39 books)
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot, #1)
  • The Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot, #2)
  • Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot, #3)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
  • The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, #5)
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train (Hercule Poirot, #6)
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