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Evil Under the Sun (Hercule Poirot #23)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  32,107 Ratings  ·  955 Reviews
The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay facedown on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and she was not sunbathing... she had been strangled.

Ever since Arlena's arrival the air had been thick with sexual tension. Each of the guests had a motive to kill her. But Hercule Poirot suspects that this apparent 'crime of passion' conceals something much more evil.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2001 by HarperCollins (first published June 1941)
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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. You are aboard a ship, so the actual setting is somewhat containe
Simona Bartolotta
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
"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
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
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
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
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

Mansuriah Hassan
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 17, 2016 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
☙ 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Mi è piaciuto molto. Come molti ho visto la trasposizione cinematografica con il simpatico Peter Ustinov che, devo dire, è abbastanza fedele e quindi l'effetto sorpresa finale non c'è stato. A testamento dell'abilità della scrittrice nonostante conoscessi il finale l'ho letto con indubbio piacere e divertimento.
Poirot è sempre Poirot.
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
Jul 01, 2013 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'
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
Apr 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Feb 02, 2016 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
May 22, 2012 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?
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un final neașteptat și culmea, niciodată nu am putut ghici adevăratul criminal!

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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Bruce Beckham
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A modestly sized cast of a dozen characters makes this a whodunit you feel you can get to grips with. Of course, Agatha Christie had other ideas, and – despite diligent note taking – it’s not long before false trails begin to lead you astray.

I liked that Poirot is in the thick of things, right from the off, and quite candid about his findings and formative theories. Rather amusingly at one point mid-book, when asked how his investigation is coming along, he replies, “Ah! Madame, I reserve the ex
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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“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.” 14 likes
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