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Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie

Hallowe'en Party (1969)

by Agatha Christie

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Series: Hercule Poirot Mystery (35)

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For any fan of Agatha Christie, this is a solid effort! Thoroughly enjoyable! ( )
  bcotten | Dec 6, 2016 |
Something different. An interesting case for M.Poirot. A young girl is found drowned in the keg of bobbing apples at a Hallowe'en party just hours after declaring she had witnessed a murder. Poirot must discover if there are two murders to be solved or just one. ( )
  Hanneri | Nov 23, 2016 |
Between The Mysterious Affair of Styles (1920) and Hallowe’en Party (1965) there is a large gulf: that of Mrs. Christie’s way of viewing the world. From the careless, funny style, she became progressively darker, heavier, more negative. There are some funny moments in this book, but very few. Clearly her view of the world around her changed. She is clearly disappointed with how the modern “youth” behaved—but she continues to believe in the death penalty. The un-PC comments about how justice should be applied no matter the age of the criminal, are refreshing in our age of PC and Thought Police. Her many critical mentions of how young people behaved, talked and dressed are all over the book. Coming from a more Conservative world, it is very easy to understand how upsetting the new order is to her—and, boy, do I empathize! There are also a few mentions of what would have been very controversial subject (the matter of sexual preferences), which surprised me; but they are very discreetly worked into the story. The movie made of this book recently, twisted this part in such a way as to completely deform and distance itself from the subtle strokes she used when brushing the subject. Not as great as her older books, but still a Christie in high form. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
This is one of Agatha Christie's later Poirot novels. I still enjoyed the mystery and following Poirot as he gathers clues. However, I missed Hastings. Poirot's assistant in this novel was Ariadne Oliver, a mystery-writing friend of Poirots. She is not one of my favorite Agatha Christie characters. I did enjoy the references to other Agatha Christie novels throughout the text. If you have not read them, you probably wouldn't notice the references so I don't think it hurts to read out of order on these.
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  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
Halloween Party - Agatha Christie
audio performance by Hugh Fraser
3 stars
Mystery author, Ariadne Oliver attends a children’s Halloween party.A child is found drowned in the apple bobbing tub of water at the conclusion of the party. The victim,who has a well established reputation for lying, had reported seeing a murder. Before the strange conclusion, two (unlikable) children are dead and another (very likable) child is rescued in the nick of time.

Agatha Christie seems to have given up on aging Hercule Poirot appropriately for the purposes of this book. He works with Ariadne Oliver to solve the mystery without any apparent infirmities of age. Christie allows her characters a certain amount of ranting about how ‘one is always hearing of children being murdered these days’. She is apparently of the opinion that too many of the criminally insane are being released to commit further crimes.
I thought it was interesting to read about a British Halloween party. I’d thought most of these traditions were American. Ariadne does discourse a bit on whether the decorations are pumpkins or vegetable marrows, and apparently, in England, pumpkins are yellow.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
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To P. G. Wodehouse
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Mrs. Ariadne Oliver had gone with the friend with whom she was staying, Judith Butler, to help with the preparations for a children's party which was to take place that same evening.
(Judith Butler on teenage parties:) "Peculiar drugs and -- what do they call it? -- Flower Pot or Purple Hemp or L.S.D., which I always have thought just meant money, but apparently it doesn't."
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The guests included ghoulies, ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties. But the scariest ingredient of the party was the little girl who claimed to have witnessed a murder.

Of course, no one believed her...until whe was drowned that very night.

Now the great detective, Herule Poirot, must unmask the murderer amongst the things that go bump in the night...

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At a Hallowe'en party, Hercule Poirot aids mystery writer Ariadne Oliver in an investigation into the murder of a young girl-who may have witnessed a murder herself. But unmasking the killer proves more daunting than bobbing for apples.

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