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Evil Under The Sun [Mass Market Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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Feb. 3 2004 Hercule Poirot (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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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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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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Agatha Christie's EVIL UNDER THE SUN was immensely respected when it debuted in the 1940s. Today it pales a bit alongside the truly great Christie novels of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s--but it is still a tremendously entertaining read that will appeal to both new and long-established fans.
The novel is cast in a "classic English mystery" mold: a group of vacationers at an exclusive resort with limited public access fall under suspicion when a beautiful femme fatale is found strangled to death on an isolated beach. Is the killer a jealous husband, a jealous wife, an unstable step-daughter--or is it connected with the occult, a possible serial killer, an unknown blackmailer, or a member of a drug distribution ring? The plot complications come tumbling one on top of another, but fortunately for the innocent the island resort is host to a private detective on vacation: the celebrated Hercule Poirot.
The novel is particularly memorable for the way in which Christie requires readers to interpret the personality of her characters... and in the process leads you completely astray. Long time fans may recognize the plot device on which the solution rests, for Christie used it earlier in a number of celebrated short stories and would repeat it in a number of later works as well--but to give the Queen of Crime her due, she so neatly works the story that even the most astute reader is unlikely to arrive at the full truth until Poirot deigns to expose it. Tremendous fun, and well recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great mystery April 29 2002
By Laura
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This book is set in a lonely seaside resort in England with a very mixed cast of characters, from the rich clothing-designer Rosamund Darnley to the garrulous American Mrs. Gardner to the beautiful man-chaser Arlena Stuart and her husband Captain Kenneth Marshall. Arlena's reputation of beauty and ruining marriages precedes her and indeed she does have an affair with young Patrick Redfern at the resort, despite his marriage to Christine Redfern. Therefore, when Arlena is killed, there is a long list of suspects: Kenneth Marshall, Patrick Redfern, Christine Redfern, and Linda Marshall (Arlena's step-daughter). Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, is at the resort and discovers the murderer in a completely unexpected ending.
I love the suspense of this book and the way all of the little seemingly insignificant clues eventually come together, leaving me amazed at the brilliance of Agatha Christie. I read this book in about two days because I couldn't put it down. This is definitely one of the best Agatha Christie books that I have ever read and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a great mystery.
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In this novel, Agatha Christie does what she does best: assembles a group of diverse characters on holiday, has one of them murdered, and provides the rest with plenty of opportunity and motive to have committed the crime.
Arlena Marshall is a beautiful woman known for her affairs with men, both before and during her marriage. While on holiday at the Jolly Roger Hotel on England's South Coast, she openly cavorts with Patrick Redfern while her husband and his wife watch helplessly. Tragedy is inevitable and few are surprised when Arlena is murdered.
What sets Christie apart from other mystery writers is the wonderful skill she exhibits with characterizations. This novel, one of her best in my opinion, is complete with many well-developed ones which make for a believable crime. Miss Rosamund Darnley, a talented dress designer, and Mr. and Mrs. Odell Gardener, the outspoken American woman and her long-suffering husband, are just a few of the many who fill this story. And of course, the famous detective Hercule Poirot also happens to be on holiday here at the time of the murder. Everybody is a suspect as voodoo practices, drug-smuggling, religious mania, and two murders from the past add intrigue.
The book was adapted to the big screen in 1982 with Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot, Dianna Rigg as Arlena Marshall, and Maggie Smith, Roddy McDowall, James Mason, Colin Blakely, and Jane Birkin also starring. A new made-for-tv version will air in 2001 with David Suchet as Poirot and Hugh Fraser as Arthur Hastings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars suitably dark...
I love the way Hercule Poirot just hangs around sipping tisane, watching people and then loitering about, handy when they are murdered. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard G. Schwindt
5.0 out of 5 stars David Suchet is wonderful!
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.
Published on May 14 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite Christie novel
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 -... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by Virginia Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Sun, Sand and Murder - the perfect combination
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! Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2003 by Lisa A. Riznikove
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding . . .
'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. Read more
Published on July 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book
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. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Lisa Bahrami
3.0 out of 5 stars Evil on the island
Evil Under The Sun was the first Agatha Christie book that I have read. I am not sure that I will read another one of her books or not. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars EVIL REALLY EXISTS
I AM A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL .I OWN 22 BOOKS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE .I LOVED THIS BOOK CUZ UNTIL PORIOT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING ONE DOESNT GET THE TRUTH EVEN BY THINKING HARD. Read more
Published on April 24 2002 by tulip
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly simple, but well constructed
Once again, Agatha Christie has written a tale that challenges the reader to solve a murder mystery. Read more
Published on April 2 2002 by Mikael Kuoppala
4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Under the Sun
Although this book doesn't particularly stand out among other Agatha Christie novels like Murder on the Orient Express and And Then There Were None, it is still a good book with an... Read more
Published on April 1 2002 by Bigby
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