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Evil Under The Sun

(Hercule Poirot #24)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  40,580 ratings  ·  1,488 reviews
Set at the Jolly Roger, a posh vacation resort for the rich and famous on the southern coast of England, Evil Under the Sun is one of Agatha Christie’s most intriguing mysteries. When a gorgeous young bride is brutally strangled to death on the beach, only Hercule Poirot can sift through the secrets that shroud each of the guests and unravel the macabre mystery at this pla ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published October 23rd 1995 (first published June 1941)
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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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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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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
Beata
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title says it all ..... one of my favourite by AC ....
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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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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Simona Bartolotta
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900, crime, in-italian
"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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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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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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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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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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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, and murder he could see coming.

Classic Christie.
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.
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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☙ percy ❧
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
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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Stephanie Anze
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"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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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
Jim
After the Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes I discovered Hercule Poirot. Agatha Christie and Poirot are one of the reasons I love reading ... particularly mysteries. And I still enjoy going back and rereading these gems. If enough time has gone by I forget whodunit and it is like reading the story the first time. That is the case here. I remember reading this as a boy but that was a long time ago.

Poirot is enjoying a holiday at the Jolly Roger, a posh vacation resort on the southern coast of Englan
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David Sarkies
Mar 05, 2015 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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Janete
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I read this book in my mother language. I think that the crime execution was a little unbelievable.
Ken
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whilst holidaying in a secluded Devon hotel, it’s not longer before Poirot has another case to solve.
As glamorous actress Arlena Stuart is found strangled on the beach.

Poirot has noticed the tension she had been creating during he’s stay, it’s going to take all he’s skill to solve this one.

Another great Christie mystery that kept me hooked, I love how she always constantly fools me!
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.
Cristina
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha never disappoints. That’s all I’m going to say.
Melindam
Not my favourite Christie-mystery, but it is entertaining with a nicely twisted plot!

Ahh, the never-ending allures of love triangles. :)
Izzy
Jul 07, 2007 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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Alexa ❤️
"There is evil everywhere under the sun" (Hercule Poriot)

4 Stars


A mystery full of twists. When everyone has an alibi just who killed Arlana Stewart? And what was the true motive? Blackmail, drugs, adultery or jealousy.

The only person who can unravel the red herrings from the truth is the famous Belgian deceive Hercule Poriot.

Loved the use of multiple POV's and the use of different voices under David Suchet's narration.
Nanosynergy
I'm of two minds on this book. I'm a Christie fan and enjoyed the story, but also felt it was a bit thin. Perhaps this is partly the result of binge reading the Poirot series. Maybe I need to consider taking a break from Christie's Poirotiverse to clear the palate with some pithier read and then return. But that's not happening. This book does have an apt title - Evil Under the Sun. It also has Christie's usual finite, ensemble cast of characters with a love triangle, a angsty stepdaughter, an a ...more
Jane
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curling up with an Agatha Christie mystery feels wonderful. This one is set at hotel at the beach.
At first I had a hard time feeling bad at the victim's death. She was just such an unlikeable character, but by the end end I understood better about what kind of person she was. I definitely didn't like her at the end, but I did feel sorry for her.
The murder was one character I think should have been developed more. In the end he just comes across as a homicidal maniac. I think the ending would ha
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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.

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