[Review] Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Title: Evil Under the Sun
Author: Agatha Christie
Genre: Vintage Crime
Subject: Hercule Poirot, Cozy Mysteries
Page:  320 pages
First Published: 1941

Arlena Marshall was a strikingly beautiful actress on a holiday at Smuggler’s Island with her husband and step-daughter, Linda. One fine morning, her bronzed body was found face down on the beach – apparently murdered by strangulation. All the guests at the hotel had perfect alibis, including her husband, Captain Marshall. And everyone had possible motive to wanting her dead, especially the women. But the evidence showed that Arlena was strangled by a man. So who is lying? Thank God the famous Hercule Poirot was amongst the hotel guests….

When you have read a couple of Agatha Christies, you will notice the recurring plots and characters from other earlier novels being used. This story somewhat reminds me of Death on the Nile, though not as memorable. In fact, in the earlier scenes from the book, one hotel guests remarked to Poirot about knowing someone from the Death on the Nile character who told her about the murder of Linnet Ridgeway on the ship and how Poirot brilliantly solved the case.

This is a pretty decent book, Agatha Christie had the ability to create disparate characters with eccentric personalities. One character from the book that I find funny, Odell Gardener, an obliging husband, who throughout the book did not as much as speaking about anything other than agreeing with his wife with, “Yes, darling.” 

What I find interesting about this book is that it discusses relationships in general: about husbands and wives and about being single – in the stereotypical Agatha Christie-style – with wisdom and wit. (Or should I say Hercule Poirot style)? Some of the lines that I captured from the book:

“He himself was a bachelor. He was accustomed to think of The Husband in three lights only – as ‘the Obstacle’, ‘the Inconvenient’ or ‘the Safeguard’.”

“Hercule, my friend, if you would know tranquility, avoid women.”

“I remember once meeting a charming and delightful husband and wife ….. Somebody told me afterwards that in private they’d never spoken to each other for eleven years!”


Nina B. said…
Sounds really exciting! And the quotes were really funny!

Thank you for dropping by my blog. I'm glad you liked my review, I haven't sent the letter to the author although I guess I'll work on that next :D

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Shy said…
I have never read any books by Agatha Christie, so I wonder if each book is connected to one another?
I only own one Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile. Would you say that's a good place to start?
Nina: I enjoyed the quotes too. That's one of the reasons why I love Agatha Christie books, she spiced up the detective stories with funny lines and characters like that

Shy: I wouldn't say they are all connected to each other but you'll realize that after reading a few books, there are some recurring themes and characters, but different stories each time

Sam: Definitely. I love the book. It was one of the earliest Agatha Christies that I read.
Tales of Whimsy said…
I liked this. I tried so hard to figure out the mystery and was still stumped. I love that.