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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.
©1946 Agatha Christie Mallowan (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

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"A grade-A plot, the best Christie in years." ( San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • Hilary
  • 14-08-2012

Good entertainment to keep you guessing

Agatha Christie mysteries are some of my favourite ???comfort??? listening as they provide a good puzzle with larger than life characters who are usually aristocratic and affluent and live in beautiful English countryside settings. We can escape into these pleasant surroundings and even though a murder or two is bound to be committed we do not have to suffer gory details. This story is typical and, of course, includes a stately and faithful butler.
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M'sieu Hercule Poirot of the sharp eyes, logical thinking, extreme vanity, kind heart and formidable moustaches is a much loved character and his dry comments always leave me smiling. He makes his appearance midway through this story, which starts with such well drawn and interesting descriptions of the main characters that they are easy to picture.

Lady Angkatell, in particular, is an absolute gem. She flows and floats around her country house home ???The Hollow??? continuously chattering on in a hilarious but apparently inconsequential flow. Despite this we begin to realise that she artlessly manages to plant certain pictures in the minds of her listeners ??? including us. Lady Lucy would be a nightmare to live with, but she alone could make this book worthwhile, although there is also plenty of surprise and entanglement to enjoy. So many times we think we know ???who dunnit???, but we are kept guessing again and again until the end
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Hugh Fraser is an excellent narrator for all these books and always finds the perfect voice for each different character to bring them to life for us.

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  • Alexandra Allan
  • 24-08-2011

So Slow

I am a big fan fan of Agatha Christie and had never read this book. What a disappointment. I found it to be very slow and very boring and very very predictable.

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  • Richard
  • 01-07-2018

onve again brilliant

Hugh Frasef brings the story to life with his characterisations and his easy delivery. Well done.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 19-08-2017

Cracking story

I really enjoyed this Agatha Christie. story, particularly the twists in the story before the identity of the murderer is finally revealed. Hugh Fraser does an excellent job of narrating as usual.

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  • French in London
  • 15-04-2017

The Hollow

This is my favourite Poirot mystery. Not as gripping as the others - great narration though.

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  • Miss
  • 28-07-2016

Brilliant, Thought Provoking and Captivating

Brilliant, Thought Provoking and Captivating. Also told incredibly well by Hugh Fraser. One of Agatha's best.

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  • Alex
  • 22-01-2016

Just simply amazing

I love Agatha Christie and the way she writes bringing characters and storylines to life. Huge Fraser does the same as a great narrator. A story that gripped me straight from the beginning. Piorot is as amazing as always.

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  • Jaye what if
  • 18-06-2015

The hollow

great storyline, lots of twists and turns Poriot has his work cut out on this case a brilliant audio book