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Le Crime d'Halloween (Hercule Poirot #36)

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Le 31 octobre, les sorcières s’envolent sur leur manche à balai : c’est Halloween, la fête du potiron.
« Savez-vous que j’ai eu l’occasion d’assister à un vrai meurtre? » se vante Joyce, une fillette à la langue bien pendue, devant la célèbre romancière. Tout le monde lui rit au nez : Joyce ne sait plus qu'inventer pour se rendre intéressante. La fête est un succès, et les
Mass Market Paperback, 255 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Le Livre de Poche (first published November 1969)
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Pigletto Apart from the fact that Joyce is murdered during a hallowe'en party this book has nothing to do with hallowe'en. So, if you are reading it because…moreApart from the fact that Joyce is murdered during a hallowe'en party this book has nothing to do with hallowe'en. So, if you are reading it because you want to read something spooky or a book that has witches in it or something else associated with hallowe'en then it's the wrong choice. It's just a murder mystery story.(less)
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Oct 17, 2015 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, Christie fans
While some of Agatha Christie’s mysteries remain immensely satisfying, there are a few that just don’t work, whether from cultural shift or a more experimental approach. I was worried when I picked up Hallowe’en Party; I had been operating with a suspicion that her best work was earlier in her extensive career. However, it wasn’t long before my concern was dismissed as I settled into an engrossing tale of Hercule Poirot investigating a murder at a Halloween party.

Poor Joyce; thirteen and a bit d
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 Bridgette Redman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Agatha Christie. I love her writing and have read piles and piles of her books.

So I feel a bit queasy when my first review of one of her books is panning it.

But I can’t recommend this book to anyone—especially not to anyone who hasn’t read Agatha Christie before. You might get the impression that she is a hack, formulaic writer with cardboard characters who all spout the same dialog. You might read this book and think that Agatha Christie writes mysteries with predictable plot
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are a truly annoying little girl. A busybody, a liar. Who can trust you? For the good of the community, a-bobbin' for apples you must go – like permanently. But death is not the end! From on high you witness the actions of a strange mustached man and his flighty authoress sidekick. Together they vow to avenge your murder and lay your lovely bones to rest. They believe in your tale of dastardly deeds and murder, the tale that brought you to such an untimely end; thei
Oct 31, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very much a later Christie novel – written in 1969 and virtually one of the last Poirot novels she wrote. Poirot is very much, like the author I suspect, feeling his age. We meet him bemoaning the fact that a friend is probably cancelling a visit and contemplating another dull evening, when he gets a call from his old friend, Mrs Ariadne Oliver. Mrs Oliver, a crime author, had been visiting a friend and helping with the organisation for a joint Halloween/11+ party for some children. Duri ...more
While helping to decorate for an upcoming HALLOWE'EN PARTY a contentious thirteen year old comments that she once witnessed a murder, but when no one believes her, she high-tails it for home, and only a few hours later, after the party, she is found drowned in the apple-bobbing tub........hence another murder mystery to solve for ole Hercule Poirot with his manicured to perfection mustache, too tight patent leather shoes and never-ending search for the truth.

Really enjoyed this one! (perhaps bc

Raya  Ka'abneh
Jan 30, 2017 Raya Ka'abneh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كالعادة: ممتعة، مشوّقة وغير متوقعة
Stephanie Swint
Sep 22, 2015 Stephanie Swint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is Autumn, this week there have been storm clouds in the sky and wind pulling leaves off branches. I am preparing for Halloween and hopefully a horde of trick or treaters who will be knocking on doors in the near future. In my preparation, I was also listening to Christie’s ‘Hallowe’en Party.’ It is a book I have not read by an author I consider an old friend – even if I never met her. Agatha Christie and her beloved Belgian Hercule Poirot are special to me. I watched the series with Hugh Fra ...more

Feeling a bit torn about this one.

On one side I very much enjoyed this story with our Poirot doing his thing. The mystery was a good one, suitably horrible with the death of a child, and for once I got the identity of the killer (yippee - but not the exact motive).

On the other however, I found the many references to this contemporary time quite jarring. I expected one type of vocabulary and got sometimes something quite different. I know that Christie carried on writing until her death in 19
May 15, 2011 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading mysteries because they really made my brain tick. They deliver more than a mindless hobby, which reading can sometimes be and really gear me up and make me alert for clues, suspects and provide with great satisfaction when I find myself on the right track. Having said that, Agatha Christie and her charming books fit that hunger to a tee, I find their slightly old fashioned approach so charming and alluring that I always finding myself craving them. She is still my favorite mystery ...more
While preparing for the upcoming Hallowe’en Party, thirteen-year-old Joyce Reynolds begins boasting about a murder she claims to have been a witness to many years ago. The reason she gives for not coming forward sooner was she didn’t realize it was an actual murder until recently. For the most part, no one took much notice of her ramblings but someone apparently did. At the Hallowe’en Party, Joyce was found drowned in the apple-bobbing tub. The immediate reasoning for her own death seems to be t ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mayhem, fiction, mystery, anger
Here's some free advice: If you want to impress people at a party, choose some topic other than "when I was a kid I saw a murder but I didn't know it was a murder and I just figured it out and isn't it awful and aren't I clever."

Cracking good mystery, what what. Halfway through I thought I had it figured out, but it turned out I had only about 5 percent of it right. You expect red herrings in any mystery novel, but this one had about two dozen. I was SO SURE the guy with the fake beard would tur
Reading Agatha Christie is like sinking into a La-Z Boy with a glass of sweet tea. Comforting regardless of the time or season. I habitually re-read her and often don't remember until I am halfway through the book that this is indeed a re-read. My first clue is that I "solve" the mystery too quickly!

My favorite Christie's are those with enough clues that we the reader can actually solve the puzzle. This particular story does not fit that mold. Poirot has to jump to conclusions and access informa
Oct 11, 2016 Yasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My very first Agatha Christie.. And certainly not my last one either!

Contrary to some reviewers, I quite enjoyed reading this Halloween murder mystery, and I finished it quite quickly too! If the beginning seemed a bit slow at times (and repetitive) I was entirely taken in from the middle of the book, on to the end. I literally HAD to finish the book and to confirm my theories...

I had figured out the murderer, sort of, but hadn't guessed all the details relating to the murder, etc. And you can't
Ivonne Rovira
Nov 15, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dame Agatha Christie penned Hallowe’en Party quite late in her career; it was published in the United Kingdom late in 1969. Consequently, readers, more accustomed to mentions of absinthe than of L.S.D. and of manservants than of miniskirts, will find mentions of long-haired hippies and hipsters “wearing a rose-coloured velvet coat, mauve trouses and a kind of frilled shirting and other aspects of the swingin’ ’60s a bit jarring. Don’t let that put you off. Hallowe’en Party has the same clever pl ...more
My first Hercule Poirot novel—probably not the best one to start with, but still very enjoyable. Having enjoyed David Suchet’s portrayal of M. Poirot, I felt I had the basis of the character and was quite comfortable jumping in at number 36 (!) of the Poirot mysteries.

I really enjoyed getting a contemporary look at the late 1960s in Britain in this novel—the young men with their sideburns and their fancy fashions! Plus, Dame Agatha is such an accurate observer of the human condition. She include
Laurel Young
Oct 12, 2010 Laurel Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how I love this novel. I re-read it nearly every Hallowe'en. It is the last great novel that Christie wrote featuring Poirot; after this, he appeared in the not-so-good Elephants Can Remember, and then came the final Curtain (actually written many years earlier). It also features Mrs. Ariadne Oliver at her absolute best--one sees so much of Christie in her fictional avatar, especially her wonderful sense of humor. Mrs. Oliver is allowed to express many thoughts on the trials of writing myste ...more
Susan Johnson
Sep 04, 2012 Susan Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book 40 years ago and after reading it again had to drop a star. Still I loved the actual Halloween party. I liked the bobbing for apples that I did in my youth but doubt it's done now. I liked the flour tower and showing pictures of future husbands. It made me very nostalgic. I would love to see the quarry garden.

After all these years it still holds its own and makes me remember how I got hooked on mysteries.
Sophie Hannah
Enjoyable, but not one of Agatha's best books. The solution felt weirdly detached from the mystery.
Oct 23, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mrs Ariadne Oliver visits her friend Poirot in an agitated state of mind. She has recently attended a Halloween Party given for children and teenagers. A shocking death occurs which sets the small village of Woodleigh Common on the defensive. Poirot finds that evidence is not easy to gather, neighbours are vague, evasive, curiously unsympathetic and self-involved.

Published in 1969 this is a later novel by Christie. The changing times, both in society and in the criminal justice system, are often
Mina kh
Jul 13, 2016 Mina kh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جز کتابایی بود که فک میکردم هیچکس توش قاتل نیست و به هیچکس مشکوک نشدم تا انتها. غافلگیرم کردم :)
فقط کاش انقد از لباس های پوآرو حرف زده نمیشد. چند بار از زبون افراد مختلف تکرار میشه که کفش و لباس های پوآرو راحت نیست و باید عوض بشه
Oct 20, 2016 Victoria rated it liked it
Une enquête simple, agréable à lire. Rien de très impressionnant, mais j'ai quand même passé un bon moment !
Oct 15, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So much for my silly Halloween books resolution; this book was terrible.

The premise is that a girl named Joyce gets killed at a Halloween party hosted by the control freak Mrs. Drake. She is drowned in a bucket used for bobbing for apples in the library of Mrs. Drake's home. The authoress Ariadne Oliver is at the party and she senses there is more to this death than a random act of violence. She brings in Poirot to investigate.

The first 1/2 of the book was nothing but Poirot going around and int
Jan C
I don't think I thought about this before but snapdragon seems to be a terribly dangerous game for children to be playing. I probably didn't think about it before because I don't know that we play it in America. I do recall bobbing for apples once at a party.

This book was okay, not one of my favorites by Christie. And, of course, the sartorial Hercule Poirot couldn't let down the side and change his shoes just because he'd gone to the country. But I have a special place for the Ariadne Oliver st
May 02, 2008 Ching-In rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heard-books, fiction
I read somewhere that Agatha Christie found Hercules Poirot insufferable towards the end of her life but kept on writing about him because fans loved him. I agree -- I also found him insufferable. I haven't read mysteries in awhile although when I was little, I read a lot of Nancy Drew, Boxcar Children and the Bobbsey Twins -- but I prefer mysteries where everything is not what it seems and I can't figure out in the first chapter what will happen in the rest of the book.
Oct 17, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it
Lecture très plaisante et facile. Ça fesait longtemps que je n'avais pas lu un Agatha Christie et j'ai aimé retrouver l'ambiance des enquêtes d'Hercule Poirot. Je me suis doutée de l'identité du meurtrier sans pour autant deviner les détails adjacents. En conclusion un livre agréable, parfait pour cette saison.
Sep 23, 2015 Trelawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. This was an intricate little mystery and I honestly couldn't figure it out right til the end.
Oct 05, 2015 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not a ton of Halloween stuff, but still enjoyable nonetheless, kicking off my Agatha Christie reading.
Oct 16, 2016 Sophie rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and yet, I think this is not the best Agatha Christie there is. I very much liked the mood of the book, the gardens, the children, the small town. However, it took me half the novel to get really hooked and, though I was surprised by the ending, I can't say I really felt myself get involved in the plot. Good book, sure, but that's it.
Sep 11, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, halloween
Proof that, even at her most middling, Christie was a mastermind at these kinds of stories, since the mystery is tight, surprising and kissed with a bizarre kind of genius I've never seen another mystery writer replicate.

This was the first of Christie's novels that I read, in my teens; my great aunt's book club edition, with it's bold orange and black cover, proved too great a lure for me, a lover of all things Halloween. And the book is seeped in the atmosphere of the autumnal season, from the
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