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Agatha Christie
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3 Sep 2007 Poirot

Agatha Christie’s ingenious mystery thriller, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers.

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.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Masterpiece edition edition (3 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007121024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007121021
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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“A grade-A plot – the best Christie in years”
San Francisco Chronicle

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When socialite Lady Angkatell organises a weekend's entertainment at her English country house, The Hollow, it seems she has thought of everything; the capable butler, the requisite number of kitchen maids – in fact, the only thing she seems to have overlooked is the fact that most of her guests loathe each other.

A far-from-warm welcome greets Hercule Poirot as he arrives for lunch – instead, a man lies dying by the swimming pool, as a gun sinks slowly to the bottom…

"A grade A plot – the best Christie in years."
'San Fransisco Chronicle'

'Other Agatha Christie titles available from HarperCollinsAudioBooks include:'

The Hollow, read by Hugh Fraser
Lord Edgware Dies, read by Hugh Fraser
Mrs McGinty's Dead, read by Hugh Fraser

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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At 6:13 A.M. on a Friday morning Lucy Angkatell's big blue eyes opened upon another day, and as always, she was at once wide awake and began immediately to deal with the problems conjured up by her incredibly active mind. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow 25 Sep 2010
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Rather a weak plot by Agatha Christie's normal standards in which Poirot plays little more than a cameo role. Fans of Poirot's methods of deduction will be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery, but the characters make the book 27 Aug 2012
Hercule Poirot returns (eventually) for a small part in this murder mystery, set in the classic surrounds of an upper-class country home.

It's a good, complex mystery which I only had the slightest inkling of the solution for by the time of the big reveal, and a great and varied set of characters. The clues are well hidden and the narrative moves at a fair pace, though there were places where the narrative seemed to jump erratically and I wondered whether my copy was missing some paragraphs.

It's interesting to follow the series as Christie's writing progresses. Poirot himself returns to being a minimalist presence in this book much as in some of the earlier adventures (though without Captain Hastings' narration) and much of the story is around the characters he is investigating, who live much more modern lifestyles than some of the previous residents in country houses.

The characters certainly make the novel for me and I hope there is more to come in a similar style as I continue reading through Poirot's adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hollow 5 April 2006
By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE
If I was to give a general overview of this novel it would sound like a classic Christie whodunnit: the big country house, the strange upper-crust family who all suffer from chronic emotional repression, tortured relationships, the victim found dying by the swimming-pool, and his murderer found standing over him with the gun in her hand. And, of course, M Poirot is conveniently staying down in the village. But all that would be doing Dame Agatha a disservice. Because in 'The Hollow' she has created something much more complex than that. The characters are far more multi-dimensional than you would think at a first glance (except perhaps for Veronica Clay, who is just a stereotypical selfish movie diva). The most striking example of this is her portrayal of Lucy Angkatell, the eccentric matriarch of the family. At first it looks as though Lucy is just going to be a tiresomely loveable "batty" character, but there is a disturbing, almost inhuman, darkness just below the surface, which confuses and unnerves her family when they glimpse it. (And let's face it, there is something decidedly odd about a person who views somebody being murdered in their garden as a bit of welcome light-relief to the usual daily round!). Also, in her portrayal of Henrietta Savernake, the sculptress, the author shows how single-minded the creative person often has to be. Poirot himself seems rather subdued in this story. Dame Agatha herself reputedly hated this book, because she felt Poirot ruined it. He doesn't of course, but he does seem strangely lost and ethereal without his usual good friends, Captain Hastings, Miss Lemon, and Inspector Japp around him. There is a peculiarly haunting quality to this novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites so far 18 Aug 2013
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Not a "famous" book of hers (i.e., not in a film yet as far as I know) but one of the most satisfying of her books I have read, she is an insightful woman when it comes to human nature
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christie 17 July 2013
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One of my favourite Christies with good characterisation and very good plot twist, one of her best, a good read
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not My Favourite 5 Feb 2013
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This story is okay, but sadly not my favourite. I found some of the characters very irritating, and quite unlikable. Poirot's part in this book is minimal and the way the Police went about their investigations rather silly. As for the murderer, well it's quite obvious from the start.

If you've never read a Poirot before, then don't start with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb 5 Dec 2012
By Erica
I could not put the book down .Agatha Christie 's best novel.Forget all the film adaptations they do not come to the heal of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 29 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed The Hollow.Like all of Agatha Christiel books I find it amazing how she thought of so many plots.Hlghly recommended
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