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Evil Under The Sun

(Hercule Poirot #24)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  48,372 ratings  ·  1,942 reviews
It seems that no matter how hard he tries, Poirot never quite gets a holiday. This story sees him in Devon, Agatha Christie’s home county, and, of course, among the scantily clad sunbathers, a murdered woman is found.

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 n
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Paperback, 219 pages
Published October 23rd 1995 (first published 1941)
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Dita
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had so many strike outs lately that I needed a sure thing...

Hello Aggie!!

The wily old bird has done it again. The besauch who gets murdered on the beach was so aggressively unlikable that I didn't really care who killed her but it was fun to tromp around with my boy Poirot as he figured it out.

Five stars!!! I feel like I can breathe again!
James
Hercule Poirot is just fun! Agatha Christie is clever and intriguing. I've been fascinated by her stories since I was a teenager. Evil Under the Sun is a great story - not quite her best, but certainly in the top 10. After reading the book, I watched the movie adaption given some of the actors playing the roles. You should read and then watch, too... who doesn't love to compare!

This story is good - lots of little twists and turns. The plot is a bit macabre. There are several angles you think it
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Evgeny
Hercule Poirot was minding his own business taking vacation in a high-class resort in the Southern England.
Resort
As anybody even slightly familiar with his books knows where Poirot goes crime (usually murder) follows. Thus a very practical advice is in order: if you see Poirot somewhere run away from that place fast, or risk becoming another victim.
Run Away

In any way, a woman in strangled (it was very obvious from the first page who would be the victim) and it was done in such a way that it was physically i
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Adrian
I really enjoyed this book and it was so close to 5 stars, but in the end I settled on a very solid 4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Maybe more in the morning or Boxing Day.

Well here we are on New Year's Eve and I now have two reviews to write, before donning my DJ and heading off this evening with my friends.

Oh yes, the book, now a number of people have commented that this bears a remarkable similarity to a Christie short story (hmm my memory must be going 🤔) and/or that other people have copied the basic prem
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Vikas Singh
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
Even on a holiday Poirot finds himself in middle of a murder mystery. It appears that it is destined that this Belgian cannot have a peaceful holiday! The plot is brilliant for the way in which the woman is murdered and alibi for the culprit. Unlike other Poirot novels, there are three strong suspects and when at the end with a flourish Poirot unravels the plot and rising to the challenge of the murderer makes him confess, you are left satisfied at the justice delivered. Interesting read
Brina
Lazy summer days are here. One of my favorite parts of summer is lounging with a thriller or mystery and spending an entire day reading to see whodunit. As I wait rather impatiently for my library to process new books by my favorite contemporary mystery and detective writers, I went to my old fall back- Dame Agatha Christie. Even as I read more and more of her mysteries and am beginning to sense a formula, there is no mystery writer who holds my attention more than the Queen of Crime. Imagining ...more
Beata
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title says it all ..... one of my favourite by AC ....
Phrynne
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
What better way to spend a holiday afternoon than reading an Agatha Christie novel. Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot - it does not matter.

Evil Under the Sun is Poirot and the little man is on holiday too. His holidays are always more like work though as he always seems to discover murdered bodies wherever he goes. This one is a beautiful woman on a beach and there are plentiful suspects among the hotel guests.

Christie throws in red herrings aplenty and I completely swallowed one of them and came no
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
4.25 stars. I was just recommending this book to a friend in another Agatha Christie thread and noticed that I had only rated this 3 stars. What the heck, self? I’m not really a big Poirot fan, but this was an excellent murder mystery with a particularly intricate and twisty resolution.

The setting is an expensive, exclusive vacation resort in Devon, on the coast of southern England. Besides Hercule Poirot, there are only about a dozen guests at the hotel. The victim: one of the hotel guests, a f
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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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David Schaafsma
“Nowadays, no one believes in evil. It is considered, at most, a mere negation of good. Evil, people say, is done by those who know no better - who are undeveloped - who are to be pitied rather than blamed. But, M. Poirot, evil is real! It is a fact! I believe in Evil as I believe in Good. It exists! It is powerful! It walks the earth!' He stopped. His breath was coming fast. He wiped his forehead with his handkerchief and looked suddenly apologetic. I'm sorry. I got carried away”--Rev. Lane

Poir
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Another good score from my garage sale box of books - an Agatha Christie I hadn't previously read.

Our fussy and fastidious Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, and his friend Captain Hastings, find themselves on an island spa at Poirot's doctor's insistence. Instead of exercising his 'medically obese ' body, Poirot finds himself exercising his 'little grey cells' when he fails to prevent the murder of a wealthy and beautiful woman, a murder he could see coming.

Classic Christie.
Simona B
"One arranges very methodically the pieces of the puzzle -one sorts the colours- and then perhaps a piece of one colour that should fit in with -say, the fur rug, fits in instead in a black cat's tail."

Yes! This is my Poirot, the one and only. I am so happy could cry.

Certainly the best crime novel I've read in a long while. Genius, this is simple genius. I adored the solution to pieces- utterly brilliant. Something -I can't put my finger on what exactly- in the carrying out of the investigation
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #24), Agatha Christie
Evil Under the Sun is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in June 1941. Hercule Poirot takes a quiet holiday at a secluded hotel in Devon. He finds that the other hotel guests include: Arlena Marshall, her husband Kenneth, and her step-daughter Linda; Horace Blatt; Major Barry, a retired officer; Rosamund Darnley, a former sweetheart of Kenneth; Patrick Redfern, and his wife
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Nandakishore Varma
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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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
All Agatha Christie readers by now know that Hercule Poirot can't go on vacation without a murder popping up. This time the detective has retreated to a mini island thing (sort-of) with history, and he finds himself trying to solve the crime of a woman who uses her charms to lure in men. Or does she?

I like how he twisted a misconception of woman who lure and trick men into something else at the end. Never guessed the guilty culprit, which is a pleasant surprise for a mystery. The author tends to
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Luffy
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If truth be told, I cannot lie to you. This surprisingly dull offering had too many things going against it. For once I didn't appreciate the translation.

Maybe the original had a lot of expressions, because the French version had an overabundance of them. Most of the buildup to the finale was lackluster.

I have given Agatha Christie books 5 stars, but also 2 stars as well. There hasn't been one author who has captivated my respect so completely that I'd always rate them high scores. Except for ma
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Nikkila
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant tale with an unimaginable twist in the end!!!

Hercule Poirot saves the day by finding who killed Mrs. Marshall.

Agatha Christie saves my day by providing the ultimate genius story. Infact, I was thinking I might not like this one so much. There is a murder in a hotel and the suspects are all the guests. Sounds okayish? I thought there isn't going to be any great twist considering my own guesses. I mean, what could be done out of the world with this premise?

But, then Boommmm. Pure bril
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samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
The book held my attention right from the start, the setting was one of the favorite parts besides the amazing mystery.
Melindam
Not my favourite Christie-mystery, but it is entertaining with a nicely twisted plot!

Ahh, the never-ending allures of love triangles (view spoiler). :)
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Jason Koivu
Jan 19, 2014 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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Piyangie
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-mystery
Agatha Christie yet again proves that she has enough and more tricks still under her sleeve. It is absolutely wonderful the way she had carried out with the Poirot series keeping the readers intrigued and interested all along.

This particular installment was a good murder-mystery story in the series. The suspense was well kept with a lot of twists and turns. There was a touch of humor despite the gravity of the contents of the story. And of course, as always no criminal mind can beat the ingenio
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Obsidian
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kyd-booklikes
I will say that "Evil Under the Sun" has some great quotes throughout, and the atmospheric setting is well done by Christie (she loves her island murder mysteries), but the why behind the murder of a character equaled me feeling baffled and I hate what Christie did to a strong female character. I actually kept trying to push forward on my Kindle hoping that was not the way that Christie ended the book, sadly it was.

"Evil Under the Sun" is the 24th Hercule Poirot book. We find our egg-shaped dete
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Mansuriah Hassan
Evil Under the Sun takes place at a secluded seaside resort in England. Agatha Christie assembles a group of people on holiday, has one of them murdered, and provides the rest with the opportunity and motive to have committed the crime. Coincidentally, our favourite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot is hoping for a relaxing vacation at the beach but unfortunately he does not get one as he is called upon to solve the case using little more than his famous little grey cells :)

The young and seduct
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☙ nemo ❧
i thought this was going to be 4 stars but then the murderer was revealed and hoooolllyyyy shit Christie literally never fails to amaze me

also, i've read five books by her so far and each of them has a relatively large cast of characters and yet each character is so distinct and developed and unlike any of the characters in her other books??? how tf does she do that??? Christie is not only the Queen of Crime but the Queen of Characterisation and i am so impressed
Bill Lynas
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hercule Poirot's 24th adventure is an enjoyable & relaxing affair, even though a woman is strangled to death on a deserted beach.
The story is set around the real life location of Burgh Island in Devon, which works as an excellent setting. Although the solution to the crime felt a little more contrived than usual the journey to it was as enjoyable as ever.
Of course the greatest mystery is why, at the start of the book, was Arlena Stuart wearing a simple backless bathing dress & a fantastic Chines
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Susan
Apr 07, 2015 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
Stephanie Anze
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
"But, man alive, don't you feel it in the air? All around you? The presence of evil."

Hercule Poirot is on holiday, on Smuggler's Island, staying at the Jolly Roger Hotel. When Captain Kenneth Marshall, his daughter Linda and his wife Arlena arrive, they cause quite a commotion. Well, just Arlena as she has alluring looks (and quite a reputation) and men can not help but look at her. This makes her rather unpopular with the ladies, her step-daughter included. Its therefore a shock, but no a surpr
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Lata
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poirot can’t go on vacation without encountering a murder. In this case, it’s a beautiful, vapid woman whom all the other guests either look at with envy or admiration.
I knew I’d enjoy this story soon into chapter one, when I laughed out loud at Christie’s description of her Belgian detective.
Poirot’s little grey cells aren’t dimmed by the good food and beautiful seaside location. He’s soon on to the murderer, and though there are numerous conflicting stories/alibis, and a wonderfully amusing co
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Veronique
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5*

“Ah! Madame, I reserve the explanations for the last chapter.”

And so does Poirot :0)
This novel has it all: a crime (obviously), a whole cast of potential murderers, a beautiful setting, and one very smart if peculiar Belgian. Christie went all in in this story, throwing so many red herrings that you wouldn’t know whether you’re coming or going. She is also so masterful in her portrayal of characters, using stereotypes to great effect but also surpassing them. And let’s not forget the humour!
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