Famous crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, visiting her friend Judith Butler in the little town of Woodleigh Common, is invited to a Hallowe'en Party put on by society hostess Mrs Rowena Drake for the local teenagers.
During her preparations for the party, the conversation turns to Ariadne's grisly novels.
One of the teenagers, Joyce Reynolds, boasts that she once witnessed a murder, although she didn't realise at the time what she'd seen.
Convinced that she is just trying to attract attention, no-one believes her - but later she is found tragically drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.
Distraught, Ariadne decides to call upon the services of her old friend Hercule Poirot to solve the case.
Assuming that Joyce was killed because of what she said, Poirot knows he must find out if the teenager was telling the truth.
If so, there is not just one death for him to investigate, but two...Starring John Moffatt as Hercule Poirot, with Stephanie Cole as Ariadne Oliver. 2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
- Publication Date: 09/01/2006
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781846070419
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Review by JalenV
BBC Radio dramatizations of novels make good listening and their dramatization of Agatha Christie's <i>Hallowe'en Party</i> is no exception. Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver is talked into attending the party, which is for children, in a way that made me chuckle after she got there. Mrs. Oliver brings Hercule Poirot into the picture by calling him after one of the children is murdered. Poirot has to find out which incident of several that happened some years back could have had a witness who never came forward.Can Poirot's little grey cells solve the case in time to prevent another murder? The climax made my stomach churn with anxiety.Note: 'Hallowe'en' is the old abbreviation of All Hallows Eve, one still used in Canada today. We were still using that abbreviation here in the USA as late as 1939 because it's spelled that way in my copy of <i>The Vanishing Houseboat</i> by Mildred Wirt Benson (the second Penny Parker mystery). A 1944 book in the same series, <i>Hoofbeats on the Turnpike</i>, uses 'Halloween'.