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Agatha Christie
Evil under the Sun

To John
In memory of our last season in Syria.

First Published

Collins, London, Jun. 1941
Dodd Mead, New York, Oct. 1941
Collier's Weekly, Dec.14 1940 - Feb.22 1941


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun...she had been strangled.

Ever since Arlena's arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent 'crime of passion' have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?


Odell Gardener, Myra Gardener, Arlena Marshall, Captain Marshall, Linda Marshall, Patrick Redfern, Christine Redfern, Horace Blatt, Daphne Castle, Hercule Poirot

Movie & TV

Evil under the Sun, 1982 (UK)
director Guy Hamilton
writer Anthony Shaffer
cast Peter Ustinov(Poirot), Diana Rigg(Arlena Marshall), Roddy McDowall(Rex Brewster), Maggie Smith(Daphne Castle), Jane Birkin(Christine Redfern), Colin Blakely(Sir Horace Blatt), Nicholas Clay(Patrick Redfern), Sylvia Miles(Myra Gardener), James Mason(Odell Gardener), Dennis Quilley(Captain Marshall)
Evil under the Sun
Agahta Christie's POIROT VIII, 2002
director Brian Farnham
writer Anthony Horowitz
cast David Suchet(Poirot), Hugh Fraser(Hastings), Philip Jackson(Japp), Pauline Moran(Miss Lemon), Michael Higgs(Patrick Redfern), Tamzin Malleson(Christine Redfern), Louise Delamere(Arlena Stuart), Tim Meats(Stephen Lane), Marsha Fitzalan(Rosamund Darnley), Carolyn Pickles(Emily Brewster), David Mallinson(Kenneth Marshall), Russell Tovey(Lionel Marshall), Ian Thompson(Major Barry), David Timson(Horace Blatt), Rosalind March(Mrs. Castle),


  1. Official Site: Evil Under the Sun
  2. Wikipedia: Evil Under the Sun
  3. IMDb: Evil Under the Sun (1982)
  4. IMDb: Poirot: Evil Under the Sun (2001)
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