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Evil Under The Sun [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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Feb. 3 2004 Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Book 23)
The classic mystery from the one and only Queen of Crime. And it's "flawless" (New York Times).

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Considered by many to be one of the very best Agatha Christie mysteries, this macabre tale has lost none of its crisp intrigue since it was first published in 1940. Using a plot formula that has since become a mystery standard, Christie conveniently gathers all the characters in one hard-to-leave location, in this case, the Jolly Roger, a vacation hotel on the southern coast of England. One of the guests, a gorgeous, dramatic flirt, is strangled to death, and the famous detective Hercule Poirot who happens to be vacationing at the Jolly Roger, too sets out to solve the case. Each of the well-developed characters is suspect, and listeners will constantly be changing their bets as to whodunit. British stage actor Suchet, who many know as the definitive Poirot from the Public Television Mystery! series was an obvious choice for the reader of this production, having won an Audie award for reading Christie's Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1997. Suchet gives an outstanding and highly entertaining performance, obviously taking great zeal in the task of fleshing out Christie's colorful lot of characters.
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A surprise conclusion of high voltage. You can't go wrong with this one. -- New York Herald Tribune

Christie springs her secret like a land mine. -- Times Literary Supplement

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WHEN Captain Roger Angmering built himself a house in the year 1782 on the island off Leather-combe Bay, it was thought the height of eccentricity on his part. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poirot's early career in London March 23 2002
Format:Audio CD
The stories herein first appeared in various magazines; they're sorted here by original publication date rather than order of appearance in the book.
"The King of Clubs" - (March, 1923) Valerie Saintclair, the famous dancer, has just been all over the papers, having discovered the murdered body of Henry Reedburn. Prince Paul of Maurania comes to Poirot, since he proposes to marry her, saying (in one breath), "We are living now in more enlightened days, free from the old caste prejudices," while *also* saying that 1) it'll be a morganatic marriage (i.e., the children would be out of the succession), and 2) it doesn't matter because she's actually the daughter of a Russian grand duchess. (He says that she's bound to secrecy, but has let him guess that much).
In other words, Prince Paul is a pompous idiot, who half-suspects Mlle. Saintclair of murdering Reedburn, based on her reaction to a fortuneteller's card reading turning up the king of clubs (a fearsome man holding her in his power), and he's hiring Poirot to find out what really happened. (If you have even a passing acquaintance with that method of fortunetelling, incidentally, don't let Christie's misuse of terms distract you from the facts of the case.)
"The Affair at the Victory Ball" - (March, 1923) The Victory in question was the end of WW I. Young Lord Cronshaw and his fiancee Coco Courtenay attended the ball with several friends, all dressed as characters from the Italian Comedy, he as Harlequin, she as Columbine, and both died that night, she from a cocaine overdose in her flat, he with a table knife through his heart at the ball. (There are no Quin or Satterthwaite appearances, incidentally, despite the Harlequin references.
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As an example of how ingeniously a whodunit might be plotted, and how expertly an audio book might be read, this package could hardly be bettered.
Agatha Christie wrote "Evil Under the Sun" in the early 1940s. It was a time when the second world war had brought widespread misery, pain and austerity. A welcome antidote, therefore was to devise a little budget-priced escapism, to depict a group of guests at a sea-side holiday resort relaxing and exchanging gossip and tittle-tattle as they overlook a beach and the bathers who are using it.
The inane gossip and the lack of suspense in the opening pages might wear your patience, but keep alert! Many significant clues are scattered here.
The subsequent murder and the possible motivation relate mainly to a context of human relationships. A drug smuggling racket is occasionally suggested. Hercule Poirot is present, of course, to lead police, readers, and everybody else to the solution of the mystery, even if he needs to ruin a good pair of shoes and risk seasickness during the hunt.
Addictive and ingenious as her books can be, Agatha Christie's prose and dialogue are not renowned for literary merit. All the more remarkable, therefore, is the contribution of David Suchet. Such is the reading of the great British actor that the banal is transformed into the brilliant, the commonplace into the courtly, and the mediocre into the memorable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars David Suchet is wonderful! May 14 2004
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Format:Audio Cassette
I highly recommend the audio book read by David Suchet. You won't believe the voices that he can give these characters. It really makes the book come alive. He's a class act.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite Christie novel Nov. 22 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
This Hercule Poirot mystery is set on an island resort. In this exotic setting, the vacationers watch each other, and learn a bit about each other's history and personalities - and gossip about the flamboyant, and possibly unfaithful wife, of one of the guests. When she's found dead, the investigation shows the guests have many secrets - suspicions of murder, financial difficulties, previous romantic entanglements with other guests.
As is typical of many Christie stories, it's one of those secrets that is key to solving the mystery.
Classic Christie puzzle plot with engaging characters. Well-written and a very enjoyable read. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sun, Sand and Murder - the perfect combination Sept. 10 2003
Format:Paperback
Written in 1941 this is not Agatha Christie's best book, but it is right up there at the top. I highly recommend this as a book to take on your next beach vacation! It follows a theme also found in A Caribbean Mystery, that you don't really know the people you meet on holiday. (It really gets you thinking about that couple you had dinner with last night.) Set on the English coast outside Devon, Evil takes place in an island resort and is filled with such typically British characters you'll find yourself reaching for the suntan lotion and craving tea and cakes as you read it. Even if you're not on vacation, Evil Under the Sun is a bright spot for any day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding . . . July 14 2003
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Format:Paperback
'Evil Under the Sun' is Agatha Christie's best work of art, and yes, it is a work of art. If you don't read any other of her novels, read this one. It is well worth your time. I was sucked in from the get go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book June 9 2003
Format:Paperback
Evil Under the Sun is one of Christie's most enduring mysteries. It features Hercule Poirot and takes place on Smuggler's Island off the coast of Devon. This is classic Christie- drop off all the characters in an isolated setting, kill one of them off and let Poirot (or Miss Marple) go to work. The plot is well-conceived and executed, the story fast paced and Poirot is, as usual, incomparablewhen using his little gray cells to figure out the identity of the murderer. This is first-rate Christie and should be enjoyed by every mystery fan. Highly recommended.
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