Hallowe'en Party

Hallowe'en Party

A Hercule Poirot Mystery

Large Print - 2012
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When a young teen is found murdered at a Halloween party, Hercule Poirot is called in by Ariadne Oliver, a mystery writer. She is troubled by something that the girl, who was known for telling tall tales, had said during preparations for the party. The young victim claims to have seen a murder committed, and Poirot is quick to believe that she was dispatched in order for that murder to remain unknown.

Poirot soon sets himself to the task of interviewing a wide cast of the town's inhabitants, raising questions about not only present events, but those in the past that just might be connected to the tragedy. When another, seemingly connected, murder occurs, Poirot knows that he must convince the lawmen in charge that he has fitted the puzzle together correctly.

Hallowe'en Party has all the elements of Agatha Christie's intricately plotted mysteries. With Hercule Poirot serving as the sleuth who steps in to solve the murder, it's quick-paced and filled with a cast of characters who all have something to gain - or to hide.

Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781611735147
1611735149
Branch Call Number: LP F CHR
Alternative Title: Halloween party

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JLHCKY
Mar 25, 2018

I liked it but it wasn't as satisfying as some earlier Christie. I picked it up for two reasons: any A.C. is enjoyable, and my 1970 vintage paperback was disintegrating! Next stop, recycling. My first read was years ago - last chance for a second look. Hercule Poirot's favourite mystery writer, Ariadne Oliver, rushes to his London flat and excitedly reveals, "It started really with apples. Bobbing for apples ... at a Hallowe'en party." Murder. During preparations, Ariadne recounts that a pre-teen had boasted of seeing a murder and then, at the party, she came to a terrible and wet end. Our genius with the glorious moustache rushes to Woodleigh Common and consults with his old friend Superintendent Spence who was retired there. Everyone tells Poirot that Joyce always made things up. Yet someone must have believed her. Poirot ties together old murders, forged wills and disappearances to the amazement of police officials in London. You'll love the older style of games at children's parties. I just can't put Christie down.

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silvana_franco
Mar 09, 2018

It was good and it's always a pleasure with Poirot, but the ending wasn't the most exciting. Could have used more of a twist!

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missreadingrobyn
Nov 26, 2016

I'm a sucker for a seasonally themed mystery and Hallowe'en Party fit perfectly in my build up to October 31st festivities. The mystery was well constructed, the characters were interesting, and I loved the way the story featured some of the classic parlor games played around Halloween with the kids.

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newfieshawn
Feb 07, 2015

Good book but needed a few more twists to the story but over all good

larrydu822 Oct 11, 2012

This was definately the most predictable outcome of any Christie novel I have read to date. However, there were many twist that I did not foresee. It kept me reading just to see if I had predicted correctly. Overall, a good read.

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bs3
May 30, 2010

Easily guessable ending! So it takes away the interest from the book.

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SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

Detective Hercule Poirot is called to investigate a tragedy that occurs at a Halloween Party.

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