A complicated web of intrigues, affairs and unrequited loves amongst a distinguished family and their guests provides the rippling undercurrent of tension as they gather for the weekend at The Hollow.
Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell have already provided a place for cousin Henrietta to sculpt, but then into the pot are thrown Dr. Cristow of Harley Street, a serial philanderer with whom Henrietta is having an affair, his wife Gerda, and the surprise arrival of his ex-fiancée Veronica. Also coming for the party are cousin Edward who yearns for Henrietta and Midge who dotes on Edward.
Adapted from her own book The Hollow contains some of Agatha Christie's finest characters and plotting, and a selection of twists and terns to lead even experienced amateur sleuths astray.
|Cousin of Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell. An sculptor of some renown. Currently in residence at the Hollow because of a fire in her studio. Shrewd and sensible in most matters with the possible exception of her paramour Dr Christow|
|Sir Henry Angkatell, KCB|
|Retired diplomat who saw service around the world, his career ending with the independence of India. Is protective of, and sympathetic towards, his wife's eccentricities|
|A true English eccentric lightning strike. Has scandalised the diplomatic service with a cavalier attitude to something as sacred as the seating plan|
|Youngest member of the family, only a “half-Angkatell” and without any private income. As such she works in what Sir Henry calls “That damned dress shop”. Very practical about life, but with a bit of a thing for Edward.|
|The Butler. Ruthlessly efficient, loyal as a hound and an expert in managing Her Ladyship's irregular behaviour.|
|The current scion of the Angkatell clan and resident at the family seat Ainswick. If you believe the stream of superlatives dripping from various characters Ainswick is better than Blenheim and Chatsworth combined|
|The under-housemaid. Has a strong sense of justice and a a love of the films of Veronica Craye|
|Somewhat suffering but very devoted wife of Dr Christow. Seems to have problems keeping up with the residents of the Hollow' random ways|
|John Christow, MD, FRCP|
|An attractive ladies' man hovering on the border of bounderism. Far more interested in diseases and Henrietta than patients and his wife|
|Glamorous movie-star. British but resident in Hollywood for the last 10 years. Was engaged to Dr Christow when they were both younger until he refused to abandon his career as hers took off. Still very much in love with John|
|Inspector Coquelhoun, CID|
|A gentleman detective with a earnest but empathetic way with the suspects. Not above the occasional use of knowing misdirection if he thinks it will get the right result.|
|Detective Sergeant Penny|
|A solid member of the constabulary, has the air of someone who has put the hard miles in before joining the plain clothes division. Knows their way around below stairs.|