Michelle’s Review: Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie

Michelle’s Review: Evil Under the Sun by Agatha ChristieEvil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-08-30
Genres: Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Traditional British
Pages: 272
Format: Audiobook
Source: Public Library
The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay facedown on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and Arlena 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, including Arlena’s new husband. But Hercule Poirot suspects that this apparent “crime of passion” conceals something much more evil.

In a summer where I have yet to go on to the beach, pool, or equal body of water, Evil Under the Sun was the perfect summer getaway mystery. Hercule Poirot is not able to vacation for long at a Cornish beach resort when one of the resort’s guests is found strangled on the beach.

I listened to this audiobook and it was wonderful. Having the actor who plays Hercule Poirot in the television series was sucg a lovely bonus. And man, can he act! The different voices and accents he put on for the different characters was so engaging. When a character sneezed, he sneezed. It really brought the book more alive than other audiobook narrators.

There was something absolutely idyllic about the setting of this book (despite the murder) that really made me long for a similar vacation. Sailing, rowing, tennis, the pool, the ocean, books, food, caves, cliffs, and company…it really was the perfect book for summer (or when you’re longing for a real summer).

The plot itself was standard Christie. Not sure I quite understand its conclusion (I certainly didn’t see it coming) but it in no way took away any of my enjoyment of the book.

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