Hallowe'en Party, Paperback Book

Hallowe'en Party Paperback

Part of the Poirot series

3 out of 5 (9 ratings)


A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples...At a Hallowe'en party, Joyce - a hostile thirteen-year-old - boasts that she once witnessed a murder.

When no-one believes her, she storms off home. But within hours her body is found, still in the house, drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.That night, Hercule Poirot is called in to find the `evil presence'.

But first he must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double-murderer...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007120680

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You can certainly tell the later novels by Christie from the earlier ones. There is a clear difference in tone between this one and say, Peril at End House (the first Poirot mystery). However, that doesn't stop the mystery from being as good; there are plenty of suspects, plenty of motives, and a lot of red herrings along the way. What more do you really need?basic plot without spoilersMystery novelist Ariadne Oliver is visiting a friend at about the time a Halloween party is being planned for the children of the village. One night, a young teenaged girl tells all and sundry gathered that she once witnessed a murder -- she didn't realize it was a murder at the time, but she understands now what she saw. Later, at the party, she turns up dead in a hideous manner -- she is drowned in a bucket used for bobbing for apples. Mrs. Oliver realizes that they need help that only can be provided by Hercule Poirot. He arrives and immediately begins his genius work of sorting out the crime. The plot is good, the solution is good and I honestly did not guess a thing. It may be a bit dated for some readers, but it's classic Christie.Recommended for those readers who like Hercule Poirot as well as other novels by Agatha Christie.I can't help always picturing David Suchet as Poirot...

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In <i>Hallowe'en Party</i>, one of the latest of the Poirot novels, our protagonist teams up with the scatty mystery writer Ariadne Oliver to solve an unlikely murder: a schoolgirl is drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket at a Halloween party.As is the case with Christie's other late work, there's a lot of mystified spouting off about the evils of the times here, with imprecations cast down on psychiatry, kids nowadays, what things are coming to, and so on.Actually, this doesn't bother me: I think Christie was largely right about the '60s! But the other flaws here are manifold: rambling, repetitive passages, totally un-Poirot-like dialog, and a whodunit that's pretty obvious.Recommended for reading-the-Christie-corpus completeness only.

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Bit of seasonal Poirot. Quite intriguing but a little long winded at times which is unusual for Christie. Interesting because you're never quite sure whose murder is really being investigated.

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A quick easy read, good plot if not quite a masterpiece!

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When a thirteen year old girl is murdered at a Halloween party, mystery writer, Ariadne Oliver calls on her old friend Hercule Poirot to help solve the crime. Not much to do with Halloween but a fast and interesting mystery that kept me guessing till the end.

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