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Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party. The Belgian detective's arrival at the Hollow is met with an elaborate tableau staged for his amusement: a doctor lies in a puddle of red paint, his timid wife stands over his body with a gun while the other guests look suitably shocked. But this is no charad Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party. The Belgian detective's arrival at the Hollow is met with an elaborate tableau staged for his amusement: a doctor lies in a puddle of red paint, his timid wife stands over his body with a gun while the other guests look suitably shocked. But this is no charade. The paint is blood and the corpse real!


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Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party. The Belgian detective's arrival at the Hollow is met with an elaborate tableau staged for his amusement: a doctor lies in a puddle of red paint, his timid wife stands over his body with a gun while the other guests look suitably shocked. But this is no charad Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party. The Belgian detective's arrival at the Hollow is met with an elaborate tableau staged for his amusement: a doctor lies in a puddle of red paint, his timid wife stands over his body with a gun while the other guests look suitably shocked. But this is no charade. The paint is blood and the corpse real!

30 review for The Hollow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Hollow (Hercule Poirot #26), Agatha Christie The Hollow is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in 1946. On the morning that he and his downtrodden wife, Gerda, are due to travel down to the country to weekend with friends, Dr John Christow, a successful physician, leading researcher, and very tired and irritated by his current life, allows his little daughter to tell his fortune with cards. When the death card is drawn, he pays no attention, but the appearance of The Hollow (Hercule Poirot #26), Agatha Christie The Hollow is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in 1946. On the morning that he and his downtrodden wife, Gerda, are due to travel down to the country to weekend with friends, Dr John Christow, a successful physician, leading researcher, and very tired and irritated by his current life, allows his little daughter to tell his fortune with cards. When the death card is drawn, he pays no attention, but the appearance of an old flame at The Hollow seems to be the final link in a chain of fatal circumstances. Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party. The Belgian detective's arrival at the Hollow is met with an elaborate tableau staged for his amusement: a doctor lies in a puddle of red paint, his timid wife stands over his body with a gun while the other guests look suitably shocked. عنوانها: «جنایت در کریسمس»؛ «قتل در تعطیلات»؛ «جنایت در تعطیلات»، نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2011میلادی عنوان: جنایت در کریسمس؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: گیتی مرزبان؛ تهران، صدوق، 1374؛ در 376ص؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 20م عنوان: جنایت در کریسمس؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: مهوش عزیزی؛ تهران، هرمس، کتابهای کارآگاه، 1388؛ در 268ص؛ شابک 9789643636036؛ چاپ سوم 1392؛ عنوان: قتل در تعطیلات؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: مجتبی عبدالله نژاد، تهران، هرمس، کتابهای کارآگاه، 1390؛ در 314ص؛ شابک 9789643637132؛ چاپ دوم 1393؛ این کتاب با عنوانهای: «قتل در تعطیلات» با برگردان جناب «مجتبی عبدالله نژاد»، «جنایت در کریسمس» با برگردان سرکار خانم «مهوش عزیزی»، و نیز با عنوان «جنایت در تعطیلات، با برگردان «ک.ن آرش (1321)» نشر افشار در سال 1372، در 224ص» نیز منتشر شده است هرکول پوآرو؛ مشهورترین کارآگاه تاریخ، و نامدارتر از «مگره»، «شرلوک هولمز» یا «خانم مارپل» است. خانم «آگاتا کریستی» نویسنده‌ ی «انگلیسی»، این شخصیت را از روی یک پناهنده‌ ی «بلژیکی» کوتاه‌ قد که در «انگلستان» ایشان را دیده بودند، الهام گرفته و او را به مهم‌ترین شخصیت داستان‌های خویش در صدر مجلس کارآگان خویش بنشانده اند؛ مردی باهوش با ذهنی بیمانند که بیشترین جزئیات را می‌بینند، و با توانایی‌هایش خوانشگران داستانهای پلیسی را هیجان‌زده می‌کنند. خان «کریستی» سال‌های سال «پوآرو» را به سراسر جهان فرستادند، تا راز قتل‌های گوناگون را کشف کند؛ اینبار نیز در کتاب «قتل در تعطیلات»، «پوآرو» به مبارزه‌ ی معمایی دیگر می‌رود داستان «حفره (د هالو)» یکی از داستان‌های مرموز و جذاب خانم «کریستی» است که نخستین بار سال 1946میلادی در «ایالات متحده» و چند ماه بعد در انگلستان منتشر شد؛ نویسنده بعدها عنوان این کتاب را به «قتل بعد از ساعتها» تغییر دادند؛ و در ایران نیز آن را با عنوانهای «قتل در تعطیلات»، «جنایت در کریسمس»؛ و «جنایت در تعطیلات» می‌شناسیم؛ داستان «قتل در تعطیلات» نیز با حضور کارآگاه «پوآرو» رخ می‌دهد اما به گفته‌ ی خانم «کریستی» حضور «پوآرو» در این داستان اشتباه بود، و در واقع آن را خراب کرد؛ آگاتا کریستی بارها درباره‌ ی اینکه از پایان دهه‌ ی سی دیگر به شخصیت «پوآرو» علاقه نداشته، و گاهی او را به اجبار در داستان‌هایش به کار گرفته حرفها زده بودند؛ داستان کتاب «قتل در تعطیلات» داستان مردی به نام «جان» است، که همراه همسر خویش قصد رفتن به تعطیلات، در کنار دوستانش را دارد؛ او پیش از تعطیلات از دختر پنج ساله‌ ی خویش می‌خواهد، برایش فال ورق بگیرد، و دخترک کارت مرگ را بیرون می‌کشد؛ هرچند کسی توجهی به آن رویداد نمی‌کند اما «جان» در تعطیلات با مرگ روبرو می‌شود؛ مرگی که در نهایت پای «پوآرو» را به ماجرا باز می‌کند؛ نقل از متن: (بعد خیلی ناگهانی در اتاق مطالعه را باز کرد و پوآرو را راهنمایی کرد داخل اتاق؛ با خوشحالی فریاد زد: این هم آقای پوآرو؛ دور پوآرو چرخید و رفت در اتاق را بست؛ سروان گرینج و گاجن پشت میزی نشسته بودند؛ مرد جوانی هم در گوشه ی دیگری از اتاق نشسته بود و داشت یادداشت برمی‌داشت؛ گاجن با ورود پوآرو مؤدبانه از جا برخاست؛ پوآرو فوری شروع به معذرت‌ خواهی کرد؛ - نه خواهش می‌کنم؛ من الآن می‌روم بیرون. اصلاً نمی‌دانستم که خانم آنکاتل...؛ - نه، نه؛ بمانید؛ امروز سبیل گرینج آویزانتر بود؛ پوآرو تحت تأثیر تصویری که خانم آنکاتل از او ترسیم کرده بود؛ با خودش گفت: لابد زنش زیادی تمیزکاری کرده، یا یک میز برنجی جدید خریده، و خانه شلوغ‌تر شده، طوری که جناب سروان، توی خانه نمی‌تواند تکان بخورد؛ بعد با عصبانیت، این فکرها را از سرش بیرون کرد؛ خانه ی تمیز ولی شلوغ سروان گرینج، همسرش، بچه‌ هایش، عادتشان به آجر بازی...؛ همه این‌ها توهمات ذهن شلوغ خانم آنکاتل بود؛ ولی چنان زنده و واقعی به نظر می‌رسید، که برایش جالب بود؛ واقعاً ارائه چنین تصویری مهارت زیادی می‌خواست؛ - بفرمایید بنشینید، آقای پوآرو. چیزهایی هست که مایلم از شما بپرسم؛ و کارم در اینجا هم تمام‌ شده؛ رو کرد به گاجن که مودبانه ولی با حالت اعتراض دوباره سر جایش نشسته بود، و با چهره‌ ای بی‌حالت به‌ طرف گفتگویش می‌نگریست؛ گفت: -چیز دیگری یادت نمی‌آید؟ -نه؛ قربان.؛ همه‌ چیز کاملاً عادی بود؛ هیچ‌ چیز غیرعادی و ناخوشایندی وجود نداشت؛ -تو پاویون کنار استخر یک شنل خز بود؛ این شنل مال کیه؟ -منظورتان آن شنل خز نقره‌ ای است؟ دیروز که سینی و لیوان را بردم توی پاویون؛ دیدمش؛ ولی مال هیچ‌کدام از افراد این خانه نیست؛ آقا؛ -پس مال کیه؟ لابد مال خانم «کری» است؛ خانم «ورونیکا کری»، هنرپیشه ی سینما؛ چون اینطور شنلی پوشیده بود؛ -کی؟ -دیشب که آمده بود اینجا؛ -نگفته بودی که او هم دعوت داشته؛ -دعوت نداشت؛ قربان؛ خانم «کری» تو «داوکوت» زندگی می‌کند؛ همین ویلای ته خیابان؛ بعد از شام آمد اینجا که کبریت قرض کند.)؛ پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 01/10/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Evgeny

    Lady Angkatell invited some guests for a weekend. To spice up her party her new neighbor famous detective Hercule Poirot was one of the guests - the rest of them were her relatives. At this point the reader is introduced to them. First of all there was John Christow. He was a very interesting character in the following sense. Reading the book I realized all the jackasses in the world fall into two categories: regular run-of-the mill variety every one of us encounter daily and John Christow. The r Lady Angkatell invited some guests for a weekend. To spice up her party her new neighbor famous detective Hercule Poirot was one of the guests - the rest of them were her relatives. At this point the reader is introduced to them. First of all there was John Christow. He was a very interesting character in the following sense. Reading the book I realized all the jackasses in the world fall into two categories: regular run-of-the mill variety every one of us encounter daily and John Christow. The rest of the introduced characters revolve around him, just like satellites around big planets (Jupiter has 12, John Christow had approximately the same number). First among them would be his wife Gerda. She was sort of slow, timid, and her husband restlessly bullied her. Next would be Henrietta, John Christow's mistress. She was smart, talented, and her job was (no, not the one you think!) to be bullied by the guy. Here I was a complete loss. Usually mistresses do not get bullied. Besides, if she was so smart and independent how comes she endured all this treatment? It just does not compute in my opinion. Besides, independent or not, I do not like her role of a mistress in general. The rest of the characters were introduced gradually later on. What Lady Angkatell had not realized was inviting Poirot was always inviting a murder as well, or at least a grand theft if you are lucky. The fateful day had come, Poirot arrived only to be one of the first people to find a person dying from a recent gun wound. It was very obvious from the beginning who is going to get it, but in case you have not realized it I am going to spoil this: the person who was really asking for it. Agatha Christie keeps surprising me. This time it was a surprise in a bad sense. I did not expect to find such a bland Poirot story (I keep saying I like to pretend The Big Four did not happen in this world, thank you very much). She finally made me break my promise: I promised the weakest Poirot mystery would get 4 stars from me (please keep in mind The Big Four does not exist). I had to give this abomination of Poirot novel 3 stars as otherwise I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror without my conscience bothering me a lot. The strength of the supporting characters save the book from an even lower rating. To justify myself I can say that the promise was about Poirot mysteries. This one qualifies as physiological drama featuring occasional and brief Poirot appearances. Remove him completely and say it really is physiological drama and I will raise my rating immediately. The identity of villain was painfully obvious from the beginning, even before the murder was committed. One huge hint given in the first chapters was very telling. For this reason Poirot did not do any investigation at all! He just appeared in the end when the villain was revealed through his/her actions and said something along the lines, "Oh, I knew it from the start". I did not expect such lame treatment of the second greatest detective of the world literature - in my opinion - by the Queen of Mystery. Boo!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Review to follow 👍🏻👍🏻 And so here is my belated review. The Hollow is an excellent story that epitomises the talents of Hercule Poirot. As other people have mentioned the murder itself is almost secondary to the intricate investigation that Poirot conducts. He is fortunately living in a little cottage on the edge of the grounds of the mansion house where the murder took place, and had been invited to the house on the day of the murder itself. He witnesses the immediate aftermath of the murder and Review to follow 👍🏻👍🏻 And so here is my belated review. The Hollow is an excellent story that epitomises the talents of Hercule Poirot. As other people have mentioned the murder itself is almost secondary to the intricate investigation that Poirot conducts. He is fortunately living in a little cottage on the edge of the grounds of the mansion house where the murder took place, and had been invited to the house on the day of the murder itself. He witnesses the immediate aftermath of the murder and is then allowed to be involved through the subsequent investigation. Well needless to say the best criminal brains are ultimately no match for Hercule and though the battle for truth rages through the last half of the book, it is Hercule who finally triumphs. A wonderful setting for a first class murder investigation, and a great book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    Choose Your Own Adventure! You are Dr. John Christow and you are not having the time of your life. Women, women everywhere, and not a drop to drink. There's the mistress who won't have you, the wife you don't want, the secretary who sees it all, the female patients you could care less about, and that one sad case you wish you could save... it is time to get away, maybe go out to the country and enjoy some clean air by the poolside. But the country has its own share of female trouble. It all becom Choose Your Own Adventure! You are Dr. John Christow and you are not having the time of your life. Women, women everywhere, and not a drop to drink. There's the mistress who won't have you, the wife you don't want, the secretary who sees it all, the female patients you could care less about, and that one sad case you wish you could save... it is time to get away, maybe go out to the country and enjoy some clean air by the poolside. But the country has its own share of female trouble. It all becomes simply too much. What's a virile young physician to do? Perhaps just lay your weary head by the pool and let all your cares bleed out. But then what will become of your patients, your mistress... your wife? Do not fear, good doctor: the family will take care of its own! If your poolside dreams lead you to a faraway land full of intrigue, exotic women, and of course the usual death toll, choose: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... If you find you can't wake from your erotic yet troubling dreams, despite the ever-tolling clocks striking urgently, choose: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  5. 4 out of 5

    BrokenTune

    "Since she was a woman of disconcertingly rapid thought processes, Lady Angkatell, as was her invariable custom, commenced the conversation in her own mind, supplying Midge’s answers out of her own fertile imagination. The conversation was in full swing when Lady Angkatell flung open Midge’s door. ‘–And so, darling, you really must agree that the weekend is going to present difficulties!’ ‘Eh? Hwah!’ Midge grunted inarticulately, aroused thus abruptly from a satisfying and deep sleep." A house par "Since she was a woman of disconcertingly rapid thought processes, Lady Angkatell, as was her invariable custom, commenced the conversation in her own mind, supplying Midge’s answers out of her own fertile imagination. The conversation was in full swing when Lady Angkatell flung open Midge’s door. ‘–And so, darling, you really must agree that the weekend is going to present difficulties!’ ‘Eh? Hwah!’ Midge grunted inarticulately, aroused thus abruptly from a satisfying and deep sleep." A house party in the country, where each guest struggles with some internal conflict. The plot is pretty standard for a Christie novel, and so it the resolution. What really drew me to the book, tho, was it's focus on the characters. Not all of the characters are likable, some are down-right horrible, but what I really liked was that many of them are either transformed by the events of the book or undergo some serious soul searching. The weakest part of the book was the ending. Although, it makes for a convenient conclusion, this is one of the Christie books where I felt she could have strayed from the path of formula and presented something more - not controversial, but - challenging as she had done in some of her other books - Endless Night for example. Despite the weak(-ish) ending, I immensely enjoyed the book. I think this is the one that made me constantly think about why I prefer Poirot to Marple (even Poirot is almost a nuisance in this one). I believe the reason I am drawn to Poirot instead of Marple is their difference in outlook - where Marple seems a grounded old lady without many quirks, I have always found her to be a bit of a judgmental snob who seeks out the worst in people - and the gloats when her expectations are confirmed. Poirot on the other hand gives the appearance of an eccentric but for all his quirks, he still manages to express his faith in and hopes for many of the characters he encounters. I really noticed this in his observations about Lady Angkatell, the most beautiful of which was: "Hercule Poirot thought: ‘She is old–her hair is grey–there are lines in her face. Yet she has magic–she will always have magic…’ "

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    For fans of Agatha Christie Poirot is not my favorite of Christie's detectives. I prefer Miss Marple, but this is a psychologically interesting dive into what provoked a normally seeming person to murder. Although this is good, be warned that Christie was racist and anti-Semitic and you will find that here. She uses a horrible portrait of a shopkeeper to denounce a faith and actually used the most repugnant word of racists to describe a dessert. For fans of Agatha Christie Poirot is not my favorite of Christie's detectives. I prefer Miss Marple, but this is a psychologically interesting dive into what provoked a normally seeming person to murder. Although this is good, be warned that Christie was racist and anti-Semitic and you will find that here. She uses a horrible portrait of a shopkeeper to denounce a faith and actually used the most repugnant word of racists to describe a dessert.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    I never thought I could be disappointed in an Agatha Christie book. Surprisingly, that is possible too. It was difficult to rate the book as I have. The story was quite interesting. It would have been a four-star rating book, had it not come under the murder-mystery genre. The accepted model of an Agatha Christie novel would be the predominance of the crime and ascertaining the person who committed it. But in The Hollow , one sees the predominance of characters and their inter-relations. The cr I never thought I could be disappointed in an Agatha Christie book. Surprisingly, that is possible too. It was difficult to rate the book as I have. The story was quite interesting. It would have been a four-star rating book, had it not come under the murder-mystery genre. The accepted model of an Agatha Christie novel would be the predominance of the crime and ascertaining the person who committed it. But in The Hollow , one sees the predominance of characters and their inter-relations. The crime becomes secondary, almost non-existence at times. Additional to this grievance, the crime is committed almost after one-third of the book, by which time I was a little tired of waiting for the murder-mystery to begin. And when it finally did begin, the story became so melodramatic that I soon got bored. I mustn't be misunderstood here. My criticism of the book lies in it being not competent in this specific genre. The characters were interesting and their inter-relations were quite fascinating. I enjoyed the characters, their development, and their inter-relations. But I did not enjoy the murder-mystery.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    This one holds an almost dreamy ambience, especially at the end. It reminds me of Death in the Nile with that rare quality. It's true that it DID take longer than usual to get to the actual death, but it's an unusual Christie story anyway. She delves into the personal aspects of the characters lives, something she rarely does, even to the degree where the details became irrelevant to the mystery at hand. You might think this would be distracting, bad writing; instead, it was a refreshing change. This one holds an almost dreamy ambience, especially at the end. It reminds me of Death in the Nile with that rare quality. It's true that it DID take longer than usual to get to the actual death, but it's an unusual Christie story anyway. She delves into the personal aspects of the characters lives, something she rarely does, even to the degree where the details became irrelevant to the mystery at hand. You might think this would be distracting, bad writing; instead, it was a refreshing change. One would never accuse Christie of writing cardboard characters, but she usually doesn't delve too deeply into personal tidbits that aren't part of the tale. Because of her doing this, I fell more for the people. I also loved the humor with the Lady of the house and how everyone related to her, including the poor detective. Like I said, it takes awhile for any death to happen, almost 90 pages! Hercule Poirots intro into the scene is an amusing one too. That poor detective, he can never go anywhere. I suppose waiting till almost 1/3 of the novel was done was Christie's way of providing deep build-up of all the players in the game and motives they hold. You're not even sure who will be the dead body, although you know there MUST be one. The person who bit the big one didn't surprise me, as Christie didn't paint him as especially likeable some of the time. The culprit surprised me, even though I had no firm suspicions. One of Christies best works, I think, and now a favorite of mine. Originally this book was called The Hollows, but was republished under this title as were many of Christies works. The covers brilliant too, haunting and a bit creepy, as can be summarized in the story as well.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    “I hate the dreadful Hollow behind the little wood. Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood-red heath; The red ribb’d ledges drip with a silent horror of blood, And Echo there, whatever is ask’d her, answers ‘Death’”—Tennyson, quoted by Poirot “He is dead and gone, lady He is dead and gone; At his head a grass-green turf At his heels a stone”—Shakespeare (Hamlet), quoted by Midge “Everything matters”—Poirot This book has a slightly lower Goodreads rating than other Poirot books, but I will d “I hate the dreadful Hollow behind the little wood. Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood-red heath; The red ribb’d ledges drip with a silent horror of blood, And Echo there, whatever is ask’d her, answers ‘Death’”—Tennyson, quoted by Poirot “He is dead and gone, lady He is dead and gone; At his head a grass-green turf At his heels a stone”—Shakespeare (Hamlet), quoted by Midge “Everything matters”—Poirot This book has a slightly lower Goodreads rating than other Poirot books, but I will disagree and say this surprised me and is, #25, one of the best I have read, maybe not quite in the upper echelon, but pretty great. I fully expected to dislike this, as I had heard that it was written at a time when Christie begins to really dislike her own internationally famous character Poirot. She said, "I had got used to having Poirot in my books, and so naturally he had come into this one, but he was all wrong there. He did his stuff all right, but how much better, I kept thinking, would the book have been without him." She felt he was already in 1946 beginning to be an albatross, in part because of his very popularity, and because of the limitations she had placed on his character right from the beginning. She thought in retrospect that this book in particular was "ruined" by including Poirot! But I beg to disagree, Madame! But I implore you, let me make my case! Trust me, I know how annoying the pompous Belgian can be at times, but let me just say: I think the opening (and closing) pages, focused on the artwork of Henrietta Savernak, is some of the best writing you have done thus far. I noticed in this book, too, your conscious attempt at highlighting some of the literary dimensions of your work. You're at this point internationally famous as a mystery writer--I do not mean to merely flatter you, Dame Christie--and you have almost singlehandedly elevated the public's respect for mysteries, though you for a long time only claimed the work as “mere entertainment.” Yet in The Hollow you make references to literature more often than usual, to works such as Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, Shakespeare, and (see above) Tennyson. Maybe this is one reason you later regretted the inclusion of Poirot. The silly little Belgian was hard to integrate into the more serious tone of this work you began to develop. Maybe for us it is a strength of this book that Poirot actually comes in later in this book than he usually does, and is actually less a central character than he usually is, but he is still integral to the story. The story features a truly (but not without flaws) good man, Dr. John Christow, married to Gerda. He is devoted to her, in ways she doesn’t fully realize, but he also “sees” Henrietta, and Veronica, a woman he had once dated who also makes her way into the tale. So Christow is killed, shot, just as Poirot arrives as an invited guest. As expected we get lots of false leads, red herrings, all sort of misdirection from you, the mystery magician, which we also are expected to . . . suspect, of course. In this one, though, we try to anticipate your obvious setups, but still get the tables turned on us, with a really terrific resolution. We think we can outsmart you, but think again, we must! I like in The Hollow reflections various characters make about how Christow is somehow more “real” than anyone else. There’s a lot of shallow (or, less real, or maybe even "hollow"!) people in the book; Lucy is one of them, one of the batty women you like to give absurd dialogue in her books, such as what she says as they eat dessert after Christow’s death: "We are only moderately fond of carmel custard. There would be something gross, just after the death of a friend, in eating one's favorite pudding. But carmel custard is so easy, and then one leaves a little on one's plate." But several of the characters reflect on their shallowness and seem to make commitments to better themselves and live more principled or “real” lives as Christow had done. There’s some nice reflections on grief, too, and how we might live and grow from it. Some consider suicide, and consider their life purposes. Well, it's not Hamlet, but I appreciated your attempts at being a little more thoughtful than usual about life! Christow says to Henrietta, “If I were dead, the first thing you'd do, with the tears streaming down your face, would be to start modelling some damned mourning woman or some figure of grief.” Which in fact seems to be true, in the end; Henrietta turns to her art after Christow! Anyway, I liked the someone more serious tone and some of the writing in this one quite a bit! Maybe part of it is that it exceeded my expectations.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    Whilst attending Lucy Angkatell’s invitation at her English country house, Hercule Poirot arrives just in time for what appears to be a mocked murder scene by the swimming pool. On closer inspection our favourite Belgium detective discovers that in fact our victim John Christow whilst gasping ‘Henrietta’ as his final last words blood is slowly dripping into the pool. I loved the description of this death, it felt so vivid and real! Along with this great setting of this memorable murder also sees a Whilst attending Lucy Angkatell’s invitation at her English country house, Hercule Poirot arrives just in time for what appears to be a mocked murder scene by the swimming pool. On closer inspection our favourite Belgium detective discovers that in fact our victim John Christow whilst gasping ‘Henrietta’ as his final last words blood is slowly dripping into the pool. I loved the description of this death, it felt so vivid and real! Along with this great setting of this memorable murder also sees a strong array of interesting side characters. During the confusion amongst the guests a gun is knocked into the pool which destroys any evidence of the culprit. Literally everyone is a suspect... With plenty of red herrings throughout the story I was constantly changing my mind on who the murder was, it’s another really strong psychological mystery that has a satisfying conclusion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    Jacques Barzun called this novel "a triumph of her [Christie's] art" and I enthusiastically second that judgment. In-depth characterization is perilous in a detective story, where the main interest is the mystery. But with Christie characterization is an integral part of the plot, thus the "art" Barzun refers to. In The Hollow, for instance, a romance is superbly delineated and of great interest by itself. It is also interwoven with the crime both in terms of motive and metaphorically. A detectiv Jacques Barzun called this novel "a triumph of her [Christie's] art" and I enthusiastically second that judgment. In-depth characterization is perilous in a detective story, where the main interest is the mystery. But with Christie characterization is an integral part of the plot, thus the "art" Barzun refers to. In The Hollow, for instance, a romance is superbly delineated and of great interest by itself. It is also interwoven with the crime both in terms of motive and metaphorically. A detective story, being a genre work, can perhaps never be great art. But The Hollow certainly gives something of the same satisfaction great art can give.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Laurel Young

    Standing ovation for this one--outstanding, really one of Dame Agatha's very best. And how fabulously creepy is the quotation from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Maude," which provides the title? "I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood, Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood-red heath, The red-ribb`d ledges drip with a silent horror of blood, And Echo there, whatever is ask`d her, answers 'Death.'" I love Christie's literary allusions; I was inspired to re-read "Maude" after Standing ovation for this one--outstanding, really one of Dame Agatha's very best. And how fabulously creepy is the quotation from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "Maude," which provides the title? "I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood, Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood-red heath, The red-ribb`d ledges drip with a silent horror of blood, And Echo there, whatever is ask`d her, answers 'Death.'" I love Christie's literary allusions; I was inspired to re-read "Maude" after I finished "The Hollow." What mystery writer wouldn't find those lines inspiring? "The Hollow" is a classic British country-house novel, and it is more psychologically complex than almost any other Christie novel I can think of. The solution is completely believable and devastating. Christie likes to wrap everything up neatly and pair up whichever characters are still alive into happy marriages at the end. Not here--this is honestly the saddest of her books I can think of; it broke my heart. It is also the most "adult"; although everything happens off-stage, there is far more sex in the plot than usual for Christie. I would say, in all ways, this is a "mature" work. That's why I love it, in fact. Despite the overarching sadness, there was some fun for me here because the Angkatell family reminded me of my own: we have a similarly whimsical sense of humor that makes no sense to outsiders, and I have no doubt we would all have fun confusing the police with red herrings if we felt called upon to protect one of our own. I almost wish there had been no detective, although only Poirot could have solved this one. His logical nature seems a little out of place in the dreamy, almost unreal world of "The Hollow." Still, I consider this novel a huge accomplishment that shows how complex Dame Agatha could be.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janete

    I read this in just one sitting, but in my mother language (Portuguese). I found the book's end interesting. It wasn't very exciting, however it was unlike the others Agatha Christie's books that I've read. I read this in just one sitting, but in my mother language (Portuguese). I found the book's end interesting. It wasn't very exciting, however it was unlike the others Agatha Christie's books that I've read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    John

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An unusual Christie novel in that the murder victim is not initially killed. Poirot is also not introduced until a third way into the novel. Great characters especially the absent minded Lady Angkatell. The Hollow is set in the Autumn countryside near London. The murder appears open and shut with a few twists and turns. I reread this novel because Brian Blessed is directing a play based on the story and I am hoping to see it. I did not like the ending as it was a bit to tidy for my liking. The f An unusual Christie novel in that the murder victim is not initially killed. Poirot is also not introduced until a third way into the novel. Great characters especially the absent minded Lady Angkatell. The Hollow is set in the Autumn countryside near London. The murder appears open and shut with a few twists and turns. I reread this novel because Brian Blessed is directing a play based on the story and I am hoping to see it. I did not like the ending as it was a bit to tidy for my liking. The family all know that Gerda is the murderer and try to rally round. A nice touch with Poirot rearranging the tea cups so Henrietta does not drinks the cup meant for her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    holly

    Personally, after reading many many many many of Christie's books, The Hollow is undoubtedly my favorite. The characters are so well developed and I love the way they all interact. My favorites of her books are always set in the big country house with enigmatic people, and of course the one and only Hercule Poirot. Pure enjoyment. Personally, after reading many many many many of Christie's books, The Hollow is undoubtedly my favorite. The characters are so well developed and I love the way they all interact. My favorites of her books are always set in the big country house with enigmatic people, and of course the one and only Hercule Poirot. Pure enjoyment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    mollusskka

    I don't think I'm gonna include this one into my still short list of great detective stories by Agatha Christie. The mystery wasn't quite intriguing, although her narrative did mislead me a bit (I should've trusted my gut more, Lol). But I think all the characters were great. By great, I mean, they were all unique and were told in a funny way sometimes. Gerda and Lucy were the ones with the most unique and funniest personality. The way they talk and think were hilarious. So, over all, I enjoyed I don't think I'm gonna include this one into my still short list of great detective stories by Agatha Christie. The mystery wasn't quite intriguing, although her narrative did mislead me a bit (I should've trusted my gut more, Lol). But I think all the characters were great. By great, I mean, they were all unique and were told in a funny way sometimes. Gerda and Lucy were the ones with the most unique and funniest personality. The way they talk and think were hilarious. So, over all, I enjoyed this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    3houd

    I chose The Hollow to be the first book of Agatha's that I read in its original language. I've read all of Agatha's books but a few, all translated in Arabic, and I had a slight fear that I wouldn't like it in English. But I liked it much better in English. I've seen the adaptation of The Hollow some years ago. I liked it very much, and naturally when I read the book two days ago I had a very clear idea about the ending. But my previous knowledge didn't prepare me for the actual depth of the novel I chose The Hollow to be the first book of Agatha's that I read in its original language. I've read all of Agatha's books but a few, all translated in Arabic, and I had a slight fear that I wouldn't like it in English. But I liked it much better in English. I've seen the adaptation of The Hollow some years ago. I liked it very much, and naturally when I read the book two days ago I had a very clear idea about the ending. But my previous knowledge didn't prepare me for the actual depth of the novel. Surprisingly, most of the characters were detailed profoundly. Especially Henrietta, John and Gerda. Although I didn't see as much as I would liked of M. Poirot. His appearances were rather brief and rushed. Such a marvellous story, This novel became one of my favorites.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really liked this Hercule Poirot mystery. The characters were really well developed, and Agatha stumped me once again. I did not know who the killer was until Hercule revealed the plot. Great story telling.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Brown

    Fantastic***

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kavita

    This is one of Christie's rare works that has well-rounded characters and psychological interplay between the characters. This was also one of my earliest Christies and I remember not understanding a lot of it. At the age of eight or nine, I was not familiar with certain concepts and did not quite understand what was happening. But I was attracted to the slow pace and the complicated relationships. As an adult, I find this book brilliant. Also, finally glad to have read how Midge, Edward, and He This is one of Christie's rare works that has well-rounded characters and psychological interplay between the characters. This was also one of my earliest Christies and I remember not understanding a lot of it. At the age of eight or nine, I was not familiar with certain concepts and did not quite understand what was happening. But I was attracted to the slow pace and the complicated relationships. As an adult, I find this book brilliant. Also, finally glad to have read how Midge, Edward, and Henrietta ended up because my copy did not have those last couple of pages! Lucy and Henry Angkatell are having guests over the weekend. Midge, a relatively poor relative who works in a dress shop is going to enjoy herself. She is in love with Edward, who himself is in love with Henrietta. Henrietta is in love with John, who is married to Gerda. The Angkatells have only two neighbours: Veronica Cray, a famous actress and ex-lover of John, and our beloved Hercule Poirot. The stage is set for murder! Gerda and John Christow are off to spend a weekend with the Angkatells. Their relationship is extremely patriarchal and one-sided. Gerda worships her husband, and John takes her for granted. He also has a mistress in Henrietta Savernake, who is supposedly independent and wonderful but her role in life is to love John and do his bidding. In short, John is a brilliant doctor, and a bit of a jerk but the whole world appears to revolve around him. Until it doesn't. This might not be to the taste of many Christie fans but she did experiment with a lot of different styles. Some failed but I think this turned out quite well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    In The Hollow — originally published as Murder After Hours — Christie paints the perfect picture of a bullying, narcissistic husband and his co-dependent doormat wife. Dr. John Christow, a research scientist in the midst of a mid-life crisis, takes his anxiety out by hectoring his poor dim-witted but adoring wife Gerda. The Christows head off to a weekend at a country home called The Hollow, owned by Lady Lucy Angkatell. Also visiting are John’s new mistress, a sculptor named Henrietta Savernake In The Hollow — originally published as Murder After Hours — Christie paints the perfect picture of a bullying, narcissistic husband and his co-dependent doormat wife. Dr. John Christow, a research scientist in the midst of a mid-life crisis, takes his anxiety out by hectoring his poor dim-witted but adoring wife Gerda. The Christows head off to a weekend at a country home called The Hollow, owned by Lady Lucy Angkatell. Also visiting are John’s new mistress, a sculptor named Henrietta Savernake (who is also a cousin of Lucy’s), and his ex-fiancée, a beautiful but self-centered actress named Veronica Cray who had left her native England — and John — for Hollywood. But Veronica, with her career waning, is determined to get John back. Nor is this the only love triangle at The Hollow: The unworldly Edward Angkatell, another of Lucy’s cousins, harbors a one-sided love of Henrietta. In turn, a poor relation and fellow guest, Midge Hardcastle, secretly pines for Edward, fully aware of his unrequited love for Henrietta. When John ends up dead at The Hollow’s swimming pool, who could be surprised? But that his sheep-like wife is standing over him with a revolver? That’s shocking! Cue Hercule Poirot, who arrives in time to untangle this mare’s nest of lust and love. Christie pens an ending much more surprising than even the prospect of a worm as downtrodden as Gerda turning. Whether you’re a longtime Agatha Christie fan or new to the Queen of Crime, you won’t want to miss the chance to see Hercule Poirot exercise those eminent little gray cells in The Hollow, a very excellent mystery.

  22. 4 out of 5

    F.R.

    Apparently, Agatha Christie was of the view that ‘The Hollow’ goes wrong when Hercule Poirot appears. I disagree. I think it goes wrong when the murder happens. It wouldn’t matter who the detective is, the book has already had its intriguing premise shattered. The opening sections of ‘The Hollow’ are some of the most interesting Christie produced. Yes, there are the standard Christie archetypes, but she is pulling back the layers to reveal living people underneath and in the process giving us a Apparently, Agatha Christie was of the view that ‘The Hollow’ goes wrong when Hercule Poirot appears. I disagree. I think it goes wrong when the murder happens. It wouldn’t matter who the detective is, the book has already had its intriguing premise shattered. The opening sections of ‘The Hollow’ are some of the most interesting Christie produced. Yes, there are the standard Christie archetypes, but she is pulling back the layers to reveal living people underneath and in the process giving us a book about unhappiness. It shapes up to be a novel about frustration and unhealthy desire and that feeling of being trapped on the wrong path in life. Of course, Agatha Christie isn’t Jonathan Franzen, so there’s a certain artificiality and theatrically to it. Nobody is going to make the case that it’s brilliant, but it’s attempting something new and trying to be something different, and if it doesn’t quite work then it’s still intriguing. Then the murder happens and it just becomes another Agatha Christie novel. But it’s an Agatha Christie novel whose first half doesn’t match the second half and so the whole is a bit of a mess. So, it’s an interesting premise, and ambitious idea, but because it’s an Agatha Christie novel – and Agatha Christie novels need to have things like dead bodies at the side of swimming pools – it ends up an intriguing misfire rather than anything more praiseworthy.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Saumya Agnihotri

    One of my friends gave me this book and told me all good things about it. I knew this already that like other Agatha's books I have read before, this book is also going to blow my mind. Though I planned the last part of the book to read only after exams and I promised myself not to touch it. But as it happens always, I had to break my promise to read it. Now that I know the murderer I can live in peace! One of my friends gave me this book and told me all good things about it. I knew this already that like other Agatha's books I have read before, this book is also going to blow my mind. Though I planned the last part of the book to read only after exams and I promised myself not to touch it. But as it happens always, I had to break my promise to read it. Now that I know the murderer I can live in peace!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hirdesh

    Lovely ! REVIEW SOON

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anissa

    I love mysteries. I read them and watch them and one of my favourite things about them is when you're introduced to the characters and one is so awful or has riled up so many people that you just know, there's your murder victim. Dr. John Christow, upon introduction, came screaming off the pages that he was that guy and it was all I could do not to skip forward to his demise (very end of chapter 10) to see how it was going to be done and who among the characters would be the one to send him on h I love mysteries. I read them and watch them and one of my favourite things about them is when you're introduced to the characters and one is so awful or has riled up so many people that you just know, there's your murder victim. Dr. John Christow, upon introduction, came screaming off the pages that he was that guy and it was all I could do not to skip forward to his demise (very end of chapter 10) to see how it was going to be done and who among the characters would be the one to send him on his way (preferably to cheers & accolades). But alas, this is a mystery, things must proceed in order and in their due time. Hercule Poirot, as it happens, is invited to the Angkatells this weekend also so that's was a highlight. Hercule is ever himself and I quite enjoyed that. There are plenty of suspects and misdirects and truth be told, I thought this mystery was beneath him but of course, he solves it. What really stands out here is the close look in at so many characters. My favourites turned out to be Lady Angkatell, Midge and Edward. The only disappointment I found was the repetitive push that John was a good man. He was a skilled doctor but perhaps it was the passages that were from his perspective that really made his "goodness" hard to take in. Definitely worth the read even though Hercule isn't the best thing going on here.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jack Heath

    3 Stars. One wonders whether Christie considered "The Hollow" as a possible play from the very beginning. It became one six years after the novel was published, yet the original has the feel of the stage - the dramatic entry of the soon-to-be deceased man's former girlfriend for example. Hercule Poirot finds the going a little disjointed and confusing. So did I. The clues point to everyone and to no one. Guests are gathering for a weekend in the country at the lovely estate, the "Hollow," of Lad 3 Stars. One wonders whether Christie considered "The Hollow" as a possible play from the very beginning. It became one six years after the novel was published, yet the original has the feel of the stage - the dramatic entry of the soon-to-be deceased man's former girlfriend for example. Hercule Poirot finds the going a little disjointed and confusing. So did I. The clues point to everyone and to no one. Guests are gathering for a weekend in the country at the lovely estate, the "Hollow," of Lady Lucy Angkatell and her husband. But there's an undercurrent of potential nastiness. Dr. John Christow has arrived with his wife Gerda and their children; he's really there because his mistress Henrietta is too. Then, during bridge, his old flame Veronica Cray enters. Coincidence? You decide. For this reader there were a few amusements. Tell me that you don't see similarities between the fond attachment bestowed on the family's old estate Ainswick, and Tara from "Gone With the Wind" which hit the big screen a few years earlier. And ask yourself, is Inspector Grange really Chief Inspector Japp in disguise? Lastly, does detective Poirot actually detect? (June 2019)

  27. 5 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    I think I could read Hercule Poirot mysteries over and over again and never get bored. I know some of the stories by heart and have seen their film adaptations but I still enjoy reading them very much!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tom Donaghey

    The Hollow (1946) (Poirot # 26) by Agatha Christie. The Hollow is the name of the estate where this murder mystery is set. It is also a description of what Poirot thinks about the people living there. They seem empty of life, hollow shells that are giving a simulation of people doing the things they would normally be doing. All that is except for the one who is dead. Originally the title included an s at the end of Hollow, which inclines me to think Dame Agatha had originally been talking abou The Hollow (1946) (Poirot # 26) by Agatha Christie. The Hollow is the name of the estate where this murder mystery is set. It is also a description of what Poirot thinks about the people living there. They seem empty of life, hollow shells that are giving a simulation of people doing the things they would normally be doing. All that is except for the one who is dead. Originally the title included an s at the end of Hollow, which inclines me to think Dame Agatha had originally been talking about the cast of characters rather than the location. Either way, this is a discernibly different type of storytelling for her. We all know there will be a murder, but the corpse doesn’t present itself until almost a third of the way in the story. Poirot comes into play at about the same time and, initially irritated at the pandering quality of the tableaux displayed to him which he has fancied as some type of party game, he quickly surmises that the woman holding the gun over the body laid out next to and dripping blood in the pool, may indeed have actually killed the man at her feet. Two of the other houseguests are arriving on the scene as well as the rather bemusing lady of the house. Several people are automatically suspect, others add their names to that list, the history of the dead person is locked into, a Hollywood movie star who just “Happens” to be staying at the next abode may be involved, and the local police even suspect Poirot. This is an interesting little poser as it is quickly shown that the most likely person to have not committed the murder is the woman found holding the gun. Dame Agatha out did herself in setting up this cozy little mystery. The portraits of all involved will leave you questioning means and motive. Just remember, the lady of the house did prove to be a very keen pistol woman.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I've read this a few times already, but it never ceases to fascinate me. What got me this time was the pure malevolence of Lucy. So sweet. So charming. Such a good hostess. And without a doubt, a complete sociopath (or is it psychopath?). (OK. I have to take back the bit about a good hostess since she was considering killing one of her guests so things wouldn't be so difficult for her cousin.) To me, she is one of the most frightening characters ever created. Forget about Hannibal....Lucy has him I've read this a few times already, but it never ceases to fascinate me. What got me this time was the pure malevolence of Lucy. So sweet. So charming. Such a good hostess. And without a doubt, a complete sociopath (or is it psychopath?). (OK. I have to take back the bit about a good hostess since she was considering killing one of her guests so things wouldn't be so difficult for her cousin.) To me, she is one of the most frightening characters ever created. Forget about Hannibal....Lucy has him beat by a country mile. And to think that Christie created her in the mid-40s, long before this type of character became popular. Fascinating!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crime Addict Sifat

    Hercule Poirot is appalled by the unrefined amusingness his leader shows by masterminding a "murder" scene to unfurl as he arrives. Too awful it was genuine... At the point when Poirot understands the man with the gunfire wound is truly biting the dust, he surges over in the nick of time to hear the man heave a name: "Henrietta." Poirot first presumes the spouse of the wrongdoing, at that point the fancy woman, and each other relative and worker thus. He at last understands that each intimation, Hercule Poirot is appalled by the unrefined amusingness his leader shows by masterminding a "murder" scene to unfurl as he arrives. Too awful it was genuine... At the point when Poirot understands the man with the gunfire wound is truly biting the dust, he surges over in the nick of time to hear the man heave a name: "Henrietta." Poirot first presumes the spouse of the wrongdoing, at that point the fancy woman, and each other relative and worker thus. He at last understands that each intimation, as opposed to driving him toward a suspect, drives him far from one specific individual... Poirot's interest and craving for reality develop. He should know who executed John Angkatell.

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