The Hollow (Hercule Poirot Series)

The Hollow (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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Agatha Christie’s classic, The Hollow, finds Poirot entangled in a nasty web of family secrets when he comes across a fresh murder at an English country manor.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073853
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 76,594
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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The Hollow (Hercule Poirot Series) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Bretton More than 1 year ago
Although it is included as a Hercule Poirot mystery, the Belgian detective is not a central element. Oh, he resolves the murder mystery but the other characters make up the story. This book is another fine example of Christie's ability to create fully developed and sympathetic characters. Poirot, though, puts those "little gray cells" to work and the murderer is found out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is her best Poirot novel, not because of Poirot but her development of the characters is so realistic and detailed and the plot was fantastic. I will re-read this one again and again!
sfe84105 More than 1 year ago
I thought I had read every Hercule Poirot book written by Dame Agatha Christie. While passing the mystery section, I thought I would take a quick look and lo and behold, I found "The Hollow". This clever mysteries will never go out of style and always offer good plot, Hercule Poirot being the second best detective in the world. I am an avid Sherlock Holmes fan first. As always, a great who-done-it.
Lucas-R-Paris More than 1 year ago
Murder is the crime here but who did it is the mystery that the eccentric and incomparable detective, Hercule Poirot, must solve. Met with a mise-en-scene murder at poolside with the victim surrounded by a gaggle of potential suspects, it seems that the brilliant Belgian slueth has an enormous enigma for his "little grey cells" to unravel. One of Christie's best and with a solution that you will kick yourself for not arriving at before the bewildered Poirot; my personal favorite of the Poirot series and I hope it will be yours too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lord and Lady Angkatell have invited six guest to their weekend house party.Among those guest is Poirot who is greeted by the sight of a man lying by the outdoor pool his blood slowly dripping into it.Very close to the dead man stands his wife who is also holding a gun. At first glance it looks like the women liked her husband. But if she didn't kill her husband who did?
MusicMom41 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one definitely goes on my ¿favorite Christie¿s¿ list. It started out in typical fashion for me as I read with one part of my mind and used the other part trying to figure out who the victim would be, but gradually I became completely absorbed in the story and especially the characters. The book was full of surprises for me, not only keeping me guessing but also keeping me utterly entranced. The biggest surprise for me was that for the first time with Agatha Christie, when I closed the book at the final page I was crying.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book made me want to read Christie's Mary Westmacott novels. I say this because even though this is a Poirot novel, Poirot is a minor character. The main focus of this book is to develop the characters of a very interesting family. I felt that the mystery came in second place to character development. For instance, I very quickly guessed who the murderer was and it turned out I was right. However, I still enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down due to the interesting people. Now I am convinced that I would enjoy reading a Christie novel even if it is NOT a mystery!
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Monsieur Poirot is terribly fun as a character. So full of himself. Christie clearly enjoyed her creation yet equally clearly tires of him sometimes. We, the readers, get to luxury of enjoying him at our will. The Hollow will engage your wits and challenge your prowess as a detective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting mystery to me, because of some of the psychological twists and turns. What makes this book so interesting to me is I find the murder victim so very unlikable; even though, he has a couple of redeeming qualities as a doctor. The victims in "Poirot's Christmas" and "5 Little Pigs", respectively, were pretty revolting, too, but, for some reason, Dr. Christow really got under my skin. Maybe, because so many of the suspects were unpleasant, too, i.e.: Henrietta, Gerda, and Veronica. Lady A is an odd character, but, strangely enough, you feel her fey charm. Christie really creates an uncomfortable atmosphere with this book. You clearly feel the police Inspector's frustration with the Ankgatell Clan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie was such a great author that can move you like no other. Considering her writing in this novel I really wanted 2 people to die, but could only have 1. If the other loathsome character (by reason of incessant talk) slipped and died from any torturous death I think I would have laughed and rejoiced with great glee. You may say that is horrible but I would say to you, "Tell it to Agatha Christie, she's the one who wrote it!!!"
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Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
This is a great Poirot mystery! I've read it several times over the years, and somehow, it never ceases to amaze me with the twists and turns of the plot, as well as the wonderful characters and the fabulous locations. It's definitely one of my favorites!
kpet More than 1 year ago
THE HOLLOW is based on Agatha Christie's mystery THE HOLLOW (Murder After Hours). It's the story of a weekend party gone terribly wrong, and what happens when people meddle. Hercule Poirot is the detective, and even he is deceived, though not for long. A great play!
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