A slow beginning, but a great read! I couldn't put it down.
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, sets out to solve the case.
Not as good as I remember the Hercule Poirot series being. This one is a bit sexist :/ Overall still a decent read.
Loved it! Just loved it! So many twists and turns!
David Suchet is a master at interpreting Hercule Poirot, and Agatha Christie needs no introduction from me! This is an EXCELLENT Audiobook!
Hard to believe, with all the books I read, that I've never read an Agatha Christie before, but indeed, I have not. This was my first, and I can certainly see why Christie is the world's most-published novelist. If there's one thing Christie can do, it's tell a good story. And that's precisely what she does in Evil under the Sun. I can see why readers find Christie's work compelling; she draws her readers in quickly, with a large cast of thickly-described characters and a vivid sense of surroundings. Evil under the Sun brings us to a seaside resort, where a group of holiday-makers, including Christie's famous Inspector Poirot, find themselves attempting to deal with a broad range of personalities. Likely the most abrasive of all is the beautiful and capricious socialite Arlena Marshall. When she turns up dead in a remote part of the beach, it becomes Poirot's calling to determine her murderer. The resort's island location makes it unlikely that anyone outside the hotel could be responsible. Thus, Poirot must discover the murderer in his midst. Everyone, it seems, had a motive. Yet everyone too had an alibi. The answer turns out to be far more complicated than anyone had anticipated. Christie's gift is clearly to tell a gripping story. While there are no great lessons on morality or statements on the human condition within this it is certainly entertaining, enjoyable, and just a bit scary. (
When lovely Arlena Marshall was found strangled at the Jolly Roger Hotel, her fellow guests at the posh English resort were shocked--but not surprised. After all, the notorious beauty had lived for passion. What was more natural than that she should die for it?
But to the keen eye of Hercule Poirot, the Belgian connoisseur of murder, the pieces of the deadly puzzle were forming a very different picture indeed?