The Hollow (Poirot) Hardcover – Facsimile, 1 Oct 2008
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“A grade-A plot – the best Christie in years”
San Francisco Chronicle
From the Back Cover
A far-from-warm welcome greets Hercule Poirotas he arrives for lunch at Lucy Angkatell s countryhouse. A man lies dying by the swimming pool, hisblood dripping into the water. His wife stands overhim, holding a revolver.
As Poirot investigates, he begins to realize that beneaththe respectable surface lies a tangle of familysecrets and everyone becomes a suspect." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
This though, was a rare disappointment.
The "whodunnit" element was obvious from the start. The characters supposedly eccentricities simply made them all very unlikeable, and worst of all, Poirot barely features, and when he does, he is merely a bystander, watching the events unfold.
Not one of my favourites!
This is only the second Agatha Christie novel I have actually read. I must say that the experience reading the stories is very different to watching them on TV. The thing that struck me with this one was that Hercule Poirot appears to be almost a walk on part rather than the central character. This was the experience I also had with the other Poirot novel I have read, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
The other thing that surprised me was how competent the police were. In terms of the proper nitty gritty of policing, they were well ahead of Poirot. It seems to me that Poirot's role was a more intuitive one. The case is perplexing because all the clues and information lead away from the truth.
The interesting question posed by the victim's son was not so much, "who killed my father?" but "why was my father killed?" I must say that this question doesn't get a satisfactory answer in this story and it makes for a curious detective story.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading it very much and would recommend anyone who enjoys watching Agatha Christie on television to switch to reading the books, the pictures are so much better.
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Classic Christie, read it in a day or two, recommended for a classic murder mystery fan.Published 3 months ago by S. Brown
One of the very very best Christies, from her most productive period of writing. Even if you can remember who did it, worth re-reading to see how she does it.Published 3 months ago by Lee Holton
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Loving building up my Agatha Christie collection. Read them all when I was in my teens. Enjoying them all again now I'm a little older.Published 18 months ago by Karen