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Roxalanne

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  • The Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Lucy Angkatell invited Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the victim plays the scene for real. As his blood drips into the water, John Christow gasps one final word: "Henrietta". In the confusion, a gun sinks to the bottom of the pool. Poirot's enquiries reveal a complex web of romantic attachments. It seems everyone in the drama is a suspect, and each a victim of love.

    Roxalanne says: "Good entertainment to keep you guessing"
    "Good entertainment to keep you guessing"
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    Agatha Christie mysteries are some of my favourite “comfort” listening as they provide a good puzzle with larger than life characters who are usually aristocratic and affluent and live in beautiful English countryside settings. We can escape into these pleasant surroundings and even though a murder or two is bound to be committed we do not have to suffer gory details. This story is typical and, of course, includes a stately and faithful butler.
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    M'sieu Hercule Poirot of the sharp eyes, logical thinking, extreme vanity, kind heart and formidable moustaches is a much loved character and his dry comments always leave me smiling. He makes his appearance midway through this story, which starts with such well drawn and interesting descriptions of the main characters that they are easy to picture.

    Lady Angkatell, in particular, is an absolute gem. She flows and floats around her country house home “The Hollow” continuously chattering on in a hilarious but apparently inconsequential flow. Despite this we begin to realise that she artlessly manages to plant certain pictures in the minds of her listeners – including us. Lady Lucy would be a nightmare to live with, but she alone could make this book worthwhile, although there is also plenty of surprise and entanglement to enjoy. So many times we think we know “who dunnit”, but we are kept guessing again and again until the end
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    Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator for all these books and always finds the perfect voice for each different character to bring them to life for us.

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