The Hollow

The Hollow

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Book - 1946
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Lady Angkatell has invited the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot to her estate, The Hollow, for a weekend house party. Poirot's arrival at the party is met with an elaborate tableau of a murder scene staged for his amusement that turns out to be all too real.
Publisher: New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, c1946.
ISBN: 9781579127367
1579127363
9780425067840
042506784X
9780006165514
0006165516
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,22 cm.

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HenrySue
Nov 21, 2020

This is the 22nd Hercule Poirot full length novel that was first published in 1946. It's starts off as an interesting mystery but the book ends up centering around the lives of three women. I love classic mysteries so I found this book to be a bit on the light side. There are not a lot of clues, not many suspects with motives and very few appearances by Poirot. In fact the mystery is solved without Poirot. I don't think the reader could have come close to the solution given the way the story was told. I gave this book three stars as it is still worth reading.

It's not too surprising to see Poirot having a limited role since this was the fourth book written after Agatha Christie had completed "Curtain", the Poirot finale that eventually was published in 1975 but written in 1940. I suspect in her mind the Poirot series was already completed but she had to keep her publishers happy by including Poirot somewhere in the book.

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readingfairy
May 06, 2020

Michel Houellebecq's comment on this novel describes it very well:
"A strange, poignant book; these are deep waters, with powerful undercurrents."
I did not enjoy it as much as some of the other Poirot novels, as I found it to be less light-hearted. However, it was still a good read. Note: it's more mature than your average Agatha Christie. Read if you enjoyed "And Then There Were None".

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KatherineHere
Feb 10, 2016

The print is teeny-tiny. Returning unread. Will try to find another copy with larger print.

extremely interesting... brilliant... although I am a huge Christie fan, every time, I read another book, she just dazzles me... a brilliant read in the holidays...

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May 06, 2020

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May 28, 2019

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AnnaAreal
Mar 22, 2019

The Hollow by Agatha Christie is is about the murder of John Christow. John Christow is a doctor married to a dim-witted and slow, but very loyal (almost like a dog), woman named Gerda. John also happens to be having a love affair with his cousin, Henrietta. John is quite excited about spending a long weekend with his very well-off and esteemed family in the country. The hosts, Lucy and Sir Henry Angkatell, also invited Henrietta, another cousin called Midge, another cousin called Edward, and another cousin (one whom they have never met before) called David. On their first night here, they get an get an unexpected visit from their neighbor, Veronica Clay, who John used to be madly and engaged to 15 years earlier. But John broke it off because she was going to hollywood to be an actress and he wanted to be a doctor. She came in looked for matches and John saw her home, and no shocker, they hooked up. The following morning John got a letter from Veronica saying that she needed to see him so he went over and she started talking about their future life together. John refused and said he was married and didn’t love her anymore. On the way back to where he was staying he stopped by the pool, where he was shot. Before he had died (as he was laying on the floor) Lucy, Henrietta, Edward, and the detective Hercule Poirot (we was invited to have lunch with them). Standing over Johns body, holding a revolver, was his wife Gerda with a blank face. As the story goes on it is noted that the murderer could not have been Gerda and many other facts are uncovered, like Edward’s love for Henrietta, or Lucy wanting Henrietta to marry Edward but she wouldn’t because she loved John, or the revolver that Gerda was holding was not the one that killed John.
I would rate the book pretty decently. I always love mystery novels, but the middle of the story seemed rather slow and Hercule Poirot's involvement in the story was almost non existent until the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery books and also anyone who just enjoys characters of an old-fashioned high-class manner, because this book has a lot of those.

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