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O doutor John Christow hesita entre três mulheres: Gerda, a esposa; Henrietta Savernake, amante e conhecida escultora, e Veronica Cray, uma actriz de quem esteve noivo há alguns anos. Lady Angkatell convida Hercule Poirot - que arrendou uma casa no mesmo bairro -, para almoçar. Quando chega, este depara-se com um terrível acontecimento: o Dr. Christow jaz numa poça de sangO doutor John Christow hesita entre três mulheres: Gerda, a esposa; Henrietta Savernake, amante e conhecida escultora, e Veronica Cray, uma actriz de quem esteve noivo há alguns anos. Lady Angkatell convida Hercule Poirot - que arrendou uma casa no mesmo bairro -, para almoçar. Quando chega, este depara-se com um terrível acontecimento: o Dr. Christow jaz numa poça de sangue ao lado da sua tímida esposa Gerda que empunha uma arma....

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Number of Pages : 259 Pages
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Sangue na Piscina Reviews

  • BrokenTune
    2018-09-28 22:22

    "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…’ "

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2018-10-23 15:33

    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.

  • mark monday
    2018-09-27 17:31

    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. There's the eccentric old biddy with a cold marksman's eye, some mouse whose name you've forgotten, and worst of all, there's the former fiancée who won't understand that No Means No, Not Ever, Not Ever Again, Get Away From Me, okay maybe just a quickie. 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...

  • Bruce
    2018-09-26 18:22

    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.

  • Laurel Young
    2018-10-05 14:19

    Standing ovation for this one--outstanding; really one of her very best. And how fabulously creepy is the quotation from Tennyson's 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 another British country-house novel, and yet it is more psychologically complex than almost any other Christie I can think of. The solution is completely believable and I found it devastating. Dame Agatha 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, in sharp contrast to the slightly silly adventure novels of the '20s. 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.

  • holly
    2018-09-28 19:36

    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.

  • Raya راية
    2018-10-08 18:22

    بوارو العبقري لا يصعُب عليه شيء

  • 3houd
    2018-10-02 18:27

    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.

  • *eKa*
    2018-09-27 17:30

    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.

  • Saumya Agnihotri
    2018-10-09 17:17

    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!

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2018-10-04 16:33

    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.

  • Sifat
    2018-09-26 18:20

    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.

  • Fred
    2018-10-14 21:21

    I loved this book and I have a lot of things to say about it. Most Christie books I read are in the four-five star region and thankfully, this was no exception!I thought this book was superbly written, amazingly crafted, incredible, astoundingly clever and brilliantly developed! One thing I will say about it which I liked a lot because this is typical Christie:I read this book in very close proximity to watching the David Suchet BBC episode of Lord Edgware Dies. As someone who is a huge Christie fan and as someone who consumes more and more Agatha Christie books and David Suchet films every month, I can grasp how Christie crafts her murders. This murder and solution is very Agatha Christie stereotypical and I think that if you are as colossal an Hercule Poirot fan as I am and you have read/seen Lord Edgware Dies, you will find the murder solution in this book very obvious! This solution is quite similar in style to that of Lord Edgware Dies and I think that it is still quite obvious even if you haven’t read Edgware because I still think that if you’ve read as many Christies as I have, you can get a grasp of how she forms her murders and this one, for a huge fan, will be very easy to solve. This is a positive note! I like this book for that reason because it allows us to get to know Hercule Poirot and his methods and we can understand the psychology of every character Christie writes even more which I love! So I enjoyed this book for that. I solved this murder pretty much a few pages after the murder happened and I do think that if you watch or read Lord Edgware Dies in particular, you will also have an idea of what I am getting at. But I did enjoy this book for that!Character development:What can I say? In every book she writes, Agatha Christie is the definition of good character development. She writes every character in a way that I know each character not just as a fictional person but as a real person that I know properly and who I’m experiencing the story with. I thought the writing was absolutely perfect: she got all Poirot’s mannerisms and dialogue down to a tee, she got all the characters and their description and dialogue down to a tee, she got the story development and the story handling down to a tee! Essentially, without spoiling anything, Agatha Christie nailed The Hollow in the head with amazing writing, plot and character development and I just thought this book was incredible.The writing was super, the dialogue was super, the plotline was super, the plot and character development was super: everything was super and I really enjoyed it!ME FROM JULY COMING BACK TO UPDATE THIS REVIEW:I have changed the rating from 4* to 5* as I genuinely did love it and that is what Goodreads says! God knows why I was trying to be harsh. :)

  • F.R.
    2018-09-28 22:41

    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.

  • Gracia
    2018-10-22 18:26

    One of my favourite Poirot's for the delicious cast of characters, Lucy Angkatell in particular."'We are only, as she knows, moderately fond of caramel custard. There would be something very gross, just after the death of a frend, in eating one's favourite pudding. But caramel custard is so easy — slippery if you know what I mean — and then one leaves a little on one's plate.'"Perfect.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2018-10-17 18:15

    A hugely enjoyable read. I remember trying to watch the ITV version of this book and being totally confused much of the time. Having read the book, I now understand why. For whatever reason, the writers and director were unable to communicate the psychological/emotional dynamic of the characters in a way that made sense to the viewer--and there's a lot there! It's been a long time since I sat through that particular film, but as I remember they must have changed a lot of things as well. I wonder why Christie chose the strange, so-un-English surname "Angkatell" for the main people? Published in 1946, there's still a definite "1930s house party" feel to it, but then that's what Christie does best. No mention of the war just over, but that's what escapist fiction is for.We know that Christie wrote romance fiction under a pseudonym, and there is quite a lot of frustrated feeling in this novel, one way and another. The Angkatells by their own repeated admissions are "cold" people, and for awhile there I was playing pick the psychopath. Perhaps Christie was playing out her own marital and emotional frustrations through the characters. The plot is excellently well constructed and the misdirection is masterly. I usually rip through a Christie in a couple of hours, but I found myself consciously slowing down with this one, savouring the story and the author's craftsmanship.

  • Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
    2018-10-12 16:11

    http://njkinny.blogspot.in/2014/08/bo...A man lying by the pool is dying while a woman stands over him with a gun in her hand and several people stand shocked witnessing the scene but Hercule Poirot is not amused. He is annoyed with the scene which he believes to be set up for him."I, Hercule Poirot, am not amused."But is the scene just a setup?"And suddenly, with a terrific shock, with that feeling as of blurring on a cinematograph screen before the picture comes to focus, Hercule Poirot realized that this artificially set scene had a point of reality..."A straightforward case of murder of a husband by his timid wife is the first impression but is the case this simple or is there something hidden that is yet to come to the surface?The Hollow is one of those cases by Agatha Christie that present a splendid character study while also providing a mystery that is completely fantastic because of its simplicity! The story has an almost surreal feel. I felt like I was in a different world where heaven like places like Ainswick and The Hollow existed. A world where life is slow and peaceful. Here in this beautiful world where everyone knows everyone and where they like each other, can a woman like Gerda, who worshipped her husband, kill him in cold blood?Crippled with hidden agendas, motives and goals this is a case that has Poirot clueless!"He did not know- he simply did not know.But he felt he ought to know."First published in 1946, The Hollow was later adapted for the stage by the author where she eliminated Poirot from the story.Agatha Christie weaves a yet another mind blowing mystery that looks simple and yet has so much depth in The Hollow. To reach the solution to this mystery, Poirot has to solve the mysteries of the characters of the people involved. People like Lucy Angkatell, the hostess, who is absentminded, often childlike but with a tendency to put people in controversial situations and make guesses that often came very close to the uncomfortable truth. Is she as simple as she looks?"What made Lady Angkatell dangerous, he thought, was the fact that those intuitive, wild guesses of hers might be often right. With a careless (seemingly careless?) word she built up a picture - and if parts of the picture was right, wouldn't you, in spite of yourself, believe in the other half of the picture?..."Then there is the victim, John Christow, a respected Harley Street doctor who although very good at work is often insensitive towards his wife, Gerda. Unfaithful to her, he is demanding, tyrannical and unconcerned about her happiness. Gerda, on the other hand, is almost a slave to her husband. She has no opinion of her own and agrees to any and every word out of the mouth of her husband. Unaware of his flaws, she has placed him on the highest pedestal of virtues and worships the ground he walks on.Then there is Henrietta, a cousin of Lucy Angkatell and John Christow's latest love interest. She is a complex character. A sulptor by occupation, she is quick witted and often ruthless in her pursuit of artistic perfection! As, John Christow aptly describes Henrietta when he says,"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."There are other characters of interest as well like Midge, another cousin of Lucy Angkatell; Edward, a yet another cousin of Lucy Angkatell who has been in love with Henrietta for ever and been rejected several times by her; David Ankatell, a cousin of Lucy who has come to The Hollow for the first time and is not liking it there and finally, Lord Angkatell, Lucy's husband who is honorable, simple and often worried for his meddling wife.The plot is novel, ingenious and simply awesome. Although, the author felt like she had ruined the story by introducing Poirot, I feel the story became more appealing because of him. His bafflement and the unease at the instinctual feel that something was wrong that comes with experience was very exciting to watch and his steps to reconstruct the events leading to the crime and the solution is just marvelous!Christie's writing style is simple, engaging and she keeps ahead of the reader all through. The extracts from Tennyson's poem give the story a more darker feel and it is from here that the title of the story is taken.'I hate the dreadful hollow behind the little wood;Its lips in the field above are dabbled with blood-read heath,The red-ribb'd ledges drip with a silent horror of bloodAnd Echo there, whatever is ask'd her, answers "Death".'Poirot aptly describes the case when he says,"It has seemed to me from the beginning that either this crime was very simple- so simple that it was difficult to believe its simplicity (and simplicity, Mademoiselle, can be strangely baffling) or else it was extremely complex."There is so much happening and so many story lines but the author handles it with expertise and makes the story so engrossing that it leaves the reader deeply affected and with a great insight into the human nature at the end. A book that is not-to-be-missed, The Hollow left me speechless and totally awed. Full 5 on 5 stars to it and a strong recommendation that you read and enjoy this classic mystery from the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie! :)

  • Damaskcat
    2018-10-22 17:37

    Hercule Poirot is invited to a country house by Lady Angkatell who is interested in the criminal mind. As Poirot arrives he is faced with an elaborate tableau which features a dead body beside the swimming pool and a woman holding a gun. Poirot feels at first that he has been set up and it is all an elaborate hoax but he soon realises that it is a real murder and naturally enough his curiosity is aroused and he must investigate. There are plenty if suspects and everyone involved seems determined to lead him in the wrong direction.I found the characters in this book very well drawn. The hard working doctor with his devoted wife and current and former lovers; Lucy Angkatell who must be one of the most confusing people in fiction with her wide ranging conversation and her apparent lack of concern for others. I enjoyed reading this book and thought it was very well plotted. Many writers today could take lessons from Christie.

  • Meave
    2018-10-13 14:23

    Mostly good. Sort of a waste using Poirot in this, just like Miss Marple in Five Little Pigs. The whole Henrietta-tortured-artist business was quite trying, though I did like Midge's irritation with her rich relatives giving her life advice all the time. Henrietta's ultimate worship of John "as himself" was super-lame--he was a selfish jerkbag and didn't appreciate (or therefore deserve) any of the nice things he had.The anti-Semitism with Midge's boss--"a Jewess from Whitechapel"--was a pleasant return to Aggie's nasty form. It never really feels like a proper Christie novel without some minority being slagged off.

  • Greg
    2018-10-04 19:27

    A weekend English Country House party/murder? Vicariously enjoyed across the pond in America? While snowed-in but comforted by warmth from a fireplace? Yes, please!!! Nobody does cozies better.

  • Earnie Painter
    2018-10-22 18:35

    I'm working my way through the Hercule Poirot novels. I've made it through more than half of them. With The Hollow I think I've stumbled across the point in which the author, Agatha Christie, has learned to hate Poirot. (I really need to read her autobiography for myself.) She wrote and said a few colorful things about her most popular character, and not all of them are very nice.What I found most interesting about this particular Poirot novel is how completely superfluous he actually is. She developed the other characters very well, more than I've seen from her in other novels. Poirot makes almost a cameo appearance. The plot develops and everything seems to be happening around him as usual, but in reality that exactly what's going on – it's all happening around him. He doesn't seem to interact with the plot as he did in his earlier novels.My two favorite characters are Lady Angkatell (Lucy) and Henrietta Savernake – Lucy's first cousin. Lucy is a delightful airhead who somehow seems, in her own vague way, to be a very good judge of character and is able, through her seeming ditsyness, to manipulate people when she feels it's necessary. Henrietta is an artist and, like Lucy, has a unique perspective on life. Though Lucy introduces Henrietta in the first chapter by talking about her, we first get to know her in the second chapter as she's working feverishly on a new sculture that has completely consumed her mind for days, and she is even jerked awake in the middle of the night wondering about it. She is also a good judge of character, but her character (no pun intended) is stronger, more straightforward. We learn that it's also not beneath her to manipulate when there's a good cause.The cast of characters consult with Poirot, and Christie uses these conversations to delelop the plot. However, they could just as easily be talking with each other. In the end, Poirot doesn't bring about the solution to the problem; he simply witnesses it. He plays the part of the beneficent father figure. But, if one needs a sounding board for the thoughts going through their minds, it may as well be Christie's most popular detective as anybody else. And, there is very likely a very good reason for adding him to the story: money. I would imagine, though I have no evidence of this beyond the very-convincing circumstantial, that a Poirot novel sold more copies than a non-Poirot novel. So slap his name on the cover, by all means. He certainly does no harm, unless you happen to loathe him.Another favorite character, who appears with Poirot from time to time, is Ariandne Oliver. She's in Cards on the Table, but she makes a much more colorful appearance in Mrs. McGinty's Dead. What I love about Ariadne is that she seems to be a caricature of Mrs. Christie herself. A flighty, nonsensical writer of mystery novels who talks a lot and has a comical affection for apples. She also hates her main character. My favorite quote from the book: "'How do I know?' said Mrs. Oliver crossly. 'How do I know why I ever thought of the revolting man? I must have been mad! Why a Finn when I know nothing about Finland? Why a vegetarian? Why all the idiotic manerisms he's got? These things just happen. You try something – and people seem to like it – and then you go on – and before you know where you are, you've got someone like that maddening Sven Hjerson tied to you for life. And people even write and say how fond you must be of him. Fond of him? If I met that bony, gangling, vegetable-eating Finn in real life I'd do a better murder than any I've ever invented.'"Through Ariadne Oliver, Christie seems to be making fun of herself and her readers at the same time. (In Greek mythology Ariadne is the daughter of Minos who helps Theseus find his way out of the Labyrinth. Could there be a deeper reason for Christie's choosing this name?) And yet, ever-faithful to her readers, she continued writing his novels. He appears in The Hollow, which is more or less his 24th novel out of 35, which doesn't count the numerous short stories. Christie could, and did, write other things – though mysteries seem to be her strong point. Even then, she has other sleuths. But, she always came back to Poirot because that's what her fans wanted.I'm enjoying experiencing the development of Poirot more than I expected to. I was never too fond of him in the first place, but at least I'm in agreement with the author on that point.Thank you for your time.eArnie

  • Sherri Rabinowitz
    2018-10-20 16:26

    I had seen the David Suchet version and really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the book and there were some points in it that struck me that I would never had gotten had I just seen the tv movie. This my own little thing that has been running in my head...I think Agatha put a lot more of herself in the book then she meant to, I saw her as both Gerda and Edward for different reasons. John Cristow was Archie, and from what I have read she was the worhshiper just as Gerda was. He tumbled off the pedistal in much the same way but instead of killing him she pulled off the disapearance of the century. Much better really, torchure him, and get to watch it from a distance. I think she poured all her reasons for loving and worshiping Archie into John Christow(even the name) and then she revealed all his flaws that led to his murder.Through Gerda she got to show all her sadness, confusion, anger and depression. I don't think I would picked up from a movie, even from the greatest actress on the planet.Edward sinking so deep in depression that he attempts sucide and her description of that depression lead me to the conclusion she suffered from clinical depression herself. I have never suffered from that but I am a great fan of another British novelist who did, Jo Rowlings who invented the Dementors, a creature invented from depression. Agatha Christie description of Edward sounded just as Jo Rowlings described her fight with it, in both the Year in the life and the interview she had with Oprah. I just had to say somthing because it hit me on the head and I couldn't shake it out.So now I am free of it, thanks for letting me:)

  • Obsidian
    2018-09-24 22:37

    What can one say when they loathe all of the characters but a few?Seriously everyone was pretty horrid in this book. We have Christie once again starting off this novel describing the people who are invited down to The Hollow (a weekend retreat of the Angkatell family) who invite John and Gerda Christow, and their relatives that include Henrietta Savernake, Midge Hardcastle, David Angkatell, and Edward Angkatell. I had the most sympathy towards the characters of Gerda and Edward. Both love people who are 100 percent not worth their time and effort. We do have Poirot once again called upon in this book about at the 30 percent mark. Though we transition back and forth through other characters as Poirot investigates. The flow was all over the place. I think it was because we went from being in John Christow's head, Gerda's head, Henritetta, etc. It was too much after a while. I think the overall ending definitely worked for the book. However, I was pretty well and truly disgusted with anyone sitting around mourning the murder victim in this one. I think that was the main problem I had. The view that readers get of the victim does not have any sympathy lie with them at all. And to read how other people lament this person's death did not hold water for me at all. At least let me as a reader see what is so intoxicating about this person. Instead we skipped over any of that. So for me, I was not hard pressed to care about who killed this person or why.

  • Hilary
    2018-10-09 16:20

    Agatha Christie mysteries are some of my favourite comfort reading 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. 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.Another great Christie and good fun.

  • Bruce Beckham
    2018-10-08 22:16

    This ranks as one of the best of Agatha Christie’s novels that I have read – not least because, try as I might, I could not fathom the mystery – when at all times it felt tantalisingly within my grasp.But there are other aspects that make this a strong book. A small cast of characters; the closed setting of an English country house; and, amusingly, the lurking presence of Poirot (for in this novel, he does lurk rather than investigate).Moreover, the style is more Suspense than Mystery. The first third of the book is given over to a consideration of the psychology of the actors, and this is a recurring technique that dominates right to the very last page. In this respect The Hollow is quite different to many Christies, when characters are often superficial, and slaves to the mystery.The puzzle itself is incredibly simple, and that is its beauty. In some of her earlier books the author weaves a too-complex tale, or introduces improbable connections that leave the reader feeling, well... a little hollow! But not so in this case. It is entirely fulfilling.

  • Sara
    2018-10-23 18:31

    Did not finish I'm going to be honest guys, I've tried to read Agatha Christie for years, and I've read the most popular of hers (crime on the orient express for example), but I simply am not a fan of mystery novels, so this simply doesn't do it for me, or at least right now (you can never say what your literally preferences will change in a few years). I tried though! Someone give this to me!(But seriously, I'm not even rating this because it's a personal problem I have of not being able to read her books, but even I can recognize that her writing is phenomenal and her stories are indeed awesome, but it's just not for me :/ )

  • Pamela
    2018-10-01 16:27

    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!

  • Oscar Despard
    2018-10-17 20:41

    'The Hollow' was a superb novel. The individually fascinating characters kept the story going with great vigour, and the added focus on these separated the story from other Christie novels. Their idiosyncrasies brought humour into the novel in a highly pleasant manner also. With a cast of eccentric, colourful family members, brought together in a country house, 'The Hollow' combined a complex problem with a satisfying, simple answer in a way which exemplifies the best of Christie's writing.

  • Abbie | ab_reads
    2018-10-01 19:35

    3.5 stars! Really enjoyed Christie's engaging writing, character development was great, just felt a little underwhelmed by the ending. But this was my first Christie and I can appreciate the subtle cleverness of it, I guess I'm just more used to the crazy plot twists of say Gillian Flynn!

  • Patricia Lima
    2018-10-16 15:11

    me envolvi bastante nesta investigação, e consegui desvendar o caso! haha achei interessante que esse livro se preocupou bastante com os personagens não só como envolvidos no crime mas mostrando também suas histórias. Apesar do livro ser legal, achei que algumas partes poderiam ter sido resumidas.