The Hollow

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Lady Angkatell, intrigued by the criminal mind, has invited Hercule Poirot to her estate for a weekend house party. Poirot arrives for lunch, but the party is over and a man lies dying in the swimming pool…

“A grade-A plot – the best Christie in years”

San Francisco Chronicle, 1946


About this story

First released

May 1946 (serialised in Collier's Weekly, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Play

Recurring characters

  • Poirot

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

First published as a novel in the US in 1946 by Dodd, Mead and Company, The Hollow remains an example of classic Christie: a gathering of guests at a country house is disturbed by a sudden death and luckily Poirot is in attendance. The main players include a downtrodden wife, her successful husband, and the reappearance of an old flame. It was originally published in the US as Murder after Hours.

Agatha Christie described this novel as "ruined by the introduction of Poirot." Ignoring her daughter Rosalind's protests, Agatha Christie decided to adapt The Hollow for stage, affectionately describing ...

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First published as a novel in the US in 1946 by Dodd, Mead and Company, The Hollow remains an example of classic Christie: a gathering of guests at a country house is disturbed by a sudden death and luckily Poirot is in attendance. The main players include a downtrodden wife, her successful husband, and the reappearance of an old flame. It was originally published in the US as Murder after Hours.

Agatha Christie described this novel as "ruined by the introduction of Poirot." Ignoring her daughter Rosalind's protests, Agatha Christie decided to adapt The Hollow for stage, affectionately describing Rosalind as having “the valuable role in life of eternally trying to discourage me without success”. So the play was adapted, Poirot ousted, and it was produced in 1951. One reviewer described it as “ingenious entertainment”.

It was adapted for TV in 2004 and starred David Suchet. Some changes were made to the narrative, but overall it remained fairly true to the novel.

“A strange, poignant book; these are deep waters, with powerful undercurrents.”

Michel Houellebecq,



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