Dark Hollow

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(4.4 stars; 137 reviews)

The small town of Shelby is shaken by a brutal murder. A man by the name of Etheridge was found beaten to death. A local inn-keeper, is convicted and executed for the crime. Many years later, "a woman in purple" shows up at the house of Ostrander, the respected judge who had sentenced the inn-keeper to be executed. This mysterious woman turns out to be the wife of the convicted man, but she does not believe he was guilty. She visits the Judge, to challenge him on his verdict. He listens to her plea, but reaffirms his belief in her husbands guilt. Having nowhere to go, Deborah is given the position of maid, which she secretly uses to obtain proof of her husband's innocence and the identity of the real killer. However, the initial evidence that Deborah collects points in troubling new directions. (Summary by Elaine Webb) (9 hr 35 min)


01 WHERE IS BELA? 10:15 Read by Ernst Pattynama
02 WAS HE LIVING?—WAS HE DEAD? 19:35 Read by Nigel Boydell
03 BELA THE REDOUBTABLE 15:21 Read by Nigel Boydell
04 AND WHERE WAS I WHEN ALL THIS HAPPENED? 9:27 Read by Monica Knuppe
05 SHE WORE PURPLE 15:40 Read by Monica Knuppe
06 ACROSS THE BRIDGE 23:11 Read by Mike Pelton
07 WITH HER VEIL DOWN 10:04 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
08 WITH HER VEIL LIFTED 34:45 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
09 EXCERPTS 30:45 Read by Mike Pelton
10 THE SHADOW 12:54 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
11 I WILL THINK ABOUT IT 9:38 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
12 SOUNDS IN THE NIGHT 8:33 Read by Mike Pelton
13 A BIT OF STEEL 15:35 Read by Mike Pelton
14 ALL IS CLEAR 8:59 Read by Mike Pelton
15 THE PICTURE 15:09 Read by Wendy Almeida
16 DON\'T DON\'T 15:48 Read by Wendy Almeida
17 UNWELCOME TRUTHS 24:20 Read by Michele Eaton
18 REFLECTIONS 10:17 Read by Michele Eaton
19 ALANSON BLACK 15:59 Read by Michele Eaton
20 WHAT HAD MADE THE CHANGE? 12:28 Read by Michele Eaton
21 IN THE COURT ROOM 16:26 Read by Michele Eaton
22 BEFORE THE GATES 12:14 Read by Michele Eaton
23 THE MISFORTUNES OF MY HOUSE 25:37 Read by Mike Pelton
24 ONE SECRET LESS 40:23 Read by Mike Pelton
25 WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HIM NOW? 21:25 Read by Mike Pelton
26 THE TELEGRAM 9:24 Read by Mike Pelton
27 HE MUST BE FOUND 12:54 Read by Mike Pelton
28 THE FIRST EFFORT 7:34 Read by Mike Pelton
29 THERE IS BUT ONE THING TO DO 7:52 Read by Mike Pelton
30 TEMPEST LODGE 12:14 Read by Mike Pelton
31 ESCAPE 13:20 Read by Mike Pelton
32 THE VIGIL 14:51 Read by Mike Pelton
33 THE CURTAIN LIFTED 13:54 Read by Mike Pelton
34 DARK HOLLOW 37:05 Read by Mike Pelton
35 SUNSET 11:32 Read by Mike Pelton


The twists keep coming right up until the very end!

(5 stars)

This complex and interesting mystery story keeps you in suspense all the way through. I was so engrossed in the book that I listened to it start to finish in less than 24 hours (so basically every free minute I had, I was listening)! You get invested in the characters and simplifies with their grief, pain, shame, etc., all the while trying to figure out who the real criminal is. It's hard to end a book this good well, but I think AKG does a fine job here, as evidenced by the last word of the book. Also, there are multiple narrators, but about halfway through the book it switches to a single narrator who is very good. All of the narrators for this book did a good job, but I particularly enjoyed Mike Pelton's reading. I would definitely recommend reading this book!

Excellent story! Well read!

(5 stars)

A somewhat wordier book that I tend to prefer, but no words felt excessive. A well told mystery, well developed characters, surprises and twists throughout, with a shocking ending. All of the readers for this piece did and excellent job! Happily, not one had me wishing for the next, and each one could have held my attention for the entire book. I hesitate to listen to those read by “LibriVox volunteers”, because I’ve had bad experiences with inconsistencies in reading styles throwing me off, or some I just could not bear, as much as I do appreciate the volunteers, as a rule. This book was filled with readers I may search for more readings from! Thanks!

Too great to miss!

(5 stars)

This is another sizzling story with the final curves in the story being thrown in the last pages, but there are plenty of surprises before the end comes. I became so engrossed in the story that I switched to Gutenberg to read it online because I am a fast reader and no matter how good the oral version is it does go much more peaceable in it's progression. :)

Good mystery in genuine AKG style

(4 stars)

Long winded and overly sentimental as most novels of the time were, but has a good plot with lots of twists and turns and an unexpected ending. Great readers one and all!

Dark Hollow

(5 stars)

Well read. Another nicely long mystery with love romance anguish suspense and well developed characters in a well created plot richly told with suspense throughout. With an ending that does not disappoint. Thanks!

Dark Hollow

(5 stars)

Engaging from the start. Full of suspense with a surprising outcome. Many thanks to The selection of readers, who all did a wonderful job in the telling of this tale as well.


(5 stars)

AKG does it again. Gripping from the first, it gets better and better. The revelation in chapter 34 is as good as anything one is likely to read in any novel.

great title, lured me right in

(4.5 stars)

A gripping tale, long, but graphically told and well done on the suspense. a good read. Thank you Librivox/readers.