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The Hollow: A Hercule Poirot Mystery | [Agatha Christie]

The Hollow: A Hercule Poirot Mystery

A far-from-warm welcome greets Hercule Poirot as he arrives for lunch at Lucy Angkatell's country house. A man lies dying by the swimming pool, his blood dripping into the water. His wife stands over him, holding a revolver. As Poirot investigates, he begins to realize that beneath the respectable surface lies a tangle of family secrets and everyone becomes a suspect.
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A far-from-warm welcome greets Hercule Poirot as he arrives for lunch at Lucy Angkatell's country house. A man lies dying by the swimming pool, his blood dripping into the water. His wife stands over him, holding a revolver.

As Poirot investigates, he begins to realize that beneath the respectable surface lies a tangle of family secrets and everyone becomes a suspect.

This title was previously published as Murder After Hours.

©1946 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Kathi 02-17-14
    Kathi 02-17-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Hugh Fraser excellent narrator for Agatha Christie"

    This is one of Agatha Christie's books that features Hercule Poirot. But oddly, only scarcely. His role is very slight, and the book could easily have been written without him.

    He has taken a summer place near two houses where the main characters are staying. John Christow is doctor who brings his wife Gerta to a weekend party at the Angkatell's house. There are a few other people: Midge, a cousin, Edward a son, David--who considers them all snobs, Henrietta, a sculptress, and a movie star who appears into the doctor's life after many years, and a couple of loyal servants.

    There are a lot of interactions between the characters, even (unusually) a fair amount of internal, private thoughts for some of them. Poirot happens to be visiting for lunch on the day of the murder, and arrives just seconds after it has occurred, and becomes involved for that reason. But this never turns out to be one of his classic mysteries, where he lines everyone up at the end, and reveals the murderer. He does figure it out, but the style is just so different, I felt some disappointment to miss the usual presentation. Christie is always good, but this is one of the weaker ones, in my opinion. Recommend, but with that observation about it.

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    Susan Maluschka 06-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very disappointing!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better written story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Agatha Christie again?

    Most definitely. I love her books (except for this one).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan but was extremely disappointed in this book. The storyline was like a soap opera. There was hardly any investigating done by Hercule Poirot. Everyone just showed up at his door and told him things. Even the revelation of the murderer was vague and anti-climactic. I should have known I wouldn't like it when it took me so many times starting the book over to try and "get into it".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Shaw Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-03-15
    C. Shaw Las Vegas, NV, USA 05-03-15 Member Since 2006
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    "One of my favorite Poirots!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Hugh Fraser is so talented, the story is good, and the mystery surprising. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-22-15
    Michael 02-22-15

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    "Not Enough Poirot"

    A pretty good plot but too much introspection on the part of the characters and not nearly enough involvement of Poirot himself. He is almost a shadow who shows up to guide things along. Didn't feel like I was following him along in the events and investigation.

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    Patricia United States 11-25-12
    Patricia United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Always keeps you guessing"
    What about Hugh Fraser’s performance did you like?

    He is able to keep my attention.


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    I have enjoyed each of these books, always a good read.

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    Tiffany Hayes 07-10-15
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    "Great book"

    I just love agatha Christie. She is truly the most amazing author ever!!! Great novel

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    Lesley H Bethesda, MD 06-16-15
    Lesley H Bethesda, MD 06-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent"

    Dane Christie's understanding & portrayal of human emotion, and human weakness is striking and profound as ever in this story. And now I don't like anyone reading her besides Hugh Fraser - he's truly masterful.

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