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Le Crime d'Halloween (Hercule Poirot Series #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
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Mass Market Paperback, 255 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Le Livre de Poche (first published 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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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
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Bridgette Redman
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
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Carol
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

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Kirsti
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
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Kasia S.
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
Bonnie
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
Ivonne Rovira
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
Laurel Young
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
Mitch
So my month of Halloween/Horror themed books for October continues as I give "Hallowe'en Party" by the fantastic Agatha Christie as whirl. Yes, I know this isn't a horror book, but I am a huge Agatha Christie fan and this "Halloween" themed book fit perfectly into October and I wasn't dissapointed.

The following may or may not contain spoilers:

A young girl named Joyce attends a Halloween party in a small English town and announces at the preperations of the party that she had once witnessed a mur
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Amber
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
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Leanne
I really enjoyed this book up until the end. The resolution wasn't clear to me - for example, how did the two teenage boys know that Miranda was being abducted by one of the murderers? Earlier on in the book, their guesses about the identity of Joyce's murderer wildly miss the mark, so how did they suddenly catch on to the whole plot? I also don't understand why Miranda realised that she had seen a murder years ago, but then later expressed surprise that one of the perpetrators was considered a ...more
Ching-In
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.
Jean
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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Gavin
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Marleen
During the preparations for a Halloween party a young girl, Joyce, proclaims that she once saw a murder done. Nobody believes the girl, even though she insists it’s true, and the preparations for the party are finished without anyone paying anymore attention to the girl’s statement.
Later that evening, after the party has taken place and everybody is going home again, young Joyce is found, drowned in the bucket that was used for apple bobbing.
Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, an author of mysteries and friend
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Ensiform
A Hercule Poirot mystery. A young girl is drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket at a Halloween party after announcing that she had witnessed a murder. Poirot investigates and learns that the girl was a habitual liar, but he uncovered a series of crimes and cover-ups in the small town as well. Soon, Poirot is fitting everything together, but not before the killer strikes again.

This is a fantastic work by a master. I’d never read a Christie mystery before, but it’s clear she’s an old hand by the tim
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rachel
As a lover of horrors and mysteries featuring Halloween celebration gone TERRIBLY AWRY, this book is deeply, deeply boring. I should not have expected 60s British mystery to have the same sordid patina as 80s American horror films, but I still expected more deviousness from Dame Agatha. Poirot's verve that occasionally charms me gets lost in a mess of supporting characters and superfluous description. Granted, I've read about four Poirot mysteries altogether, but I feel like Christie may not hav ...more
Samantha Pedroza
Well there you have it! If you're going to blab the jab then take the stab or in this case apple bobbing drowning. I enjoyed myself! Once again my AC doesn't fail me! The majority of the book is a series of interviews very little happens off that besides the ending and a few sore feet and majestic garden quarry side drawings, but I found myself forming an ending and having it be shot down by a clue. I was surprised by a pairing I'll say that much is for sure! Overall a good quick read for the pe ...more
R.
My first Agatha Christie novel - quite enjoyed it and the glorious way she tosses into the apple-bobbing barrel allusions to Shakespeare, the Bible, Greek myths and Celtic legends and ties it all together without making a messy murder of it all in the process. Really, concocts a witch's tantalizing brew. Beyond the general escapism, beyond the killer-caught/justice-served catharsis, there is definite literary value here.

Notes that just, well, they just make you smile: Aunt Agatha dedicated this
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Carol
Ariadne Oliver (Mrs. Oliver), uma famosa escritora de policiais, é convidada para uma festa das Bruxas, numa pacata localidade inglesa.

Outra das convidadas é uma jovem de 13 anos, fã de livros policiais, chamada Joyce, famosa pelas suas mentiras.

Durante os preparativos, Joyce afirma ter já assistido a um assassinato! Porém, ninguém acredita, achando que ela o dissera apenas para surpreender Mrs. Oliver.

No entanto, no decorrer da festa, Joyce aparece morta... Será que ela assistira de facto
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Chad
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Susan
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
Ellen Dark
Not one of Agatha Christie's best Hercule Poirots by a long shot. A lot of 1960s social commentary is included and repeated several times over by various characters.
Beth Clothier
Blast those damn irresponsible youths! *shakes cane*

Usually I enjoy Agatha Christie, despite her outdated colonial attitudes (reader guilt, y'all). However this book is just too much. Every single character harps on and on about the failures of the modern generation, and how there are too many of the same that belong in institutions but are free by the grace of overcrowded facilities. Everyone. Even those who are not too far beyond the realm of youth themselves. Another sticking point is the par
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Richard Ward
Agatha Christie is my favorite fiction writer of all time, and any time I score any of her books my score will be biased toward the high side. Having said that, this is far from my favorite of hers; it's not even one of my favorites of the Hercule Poirot books. But it's still got all that I want in a book of hers, all that has made me love her so much:
A great private detective with a great sidekick (not Hastings this time, but Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, instead.)
Some truly disturbing examples of huma
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Nairabell
Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver is at a children's Halloween party where rather unpopular girl named Joyce boasts that she once witnessed a murder. When no one believes her she storms out of the party in a temper, but then her body is discovered a few hours later drowned in an apple bobbing tub. Ariadne calls in her dear friend Hercule Poirot who leaps at the chance to investigate the crime that could be a murder, or a double murder.

As a fan of both Halloween and mysteries I grabbed a copy of thi
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An Odd1
Boastful girl Joyce claims to have seen murder, minutes later drowned in apple bobbing pail. Guest Ariadne Oliver mystery writer calls on friend Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot. I remembered the killer, like "The Hollow", hard to re-read. (view spoiler) ...more
Teresa
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Leah R
The party scene at the beginning was really good and the ending was fairly dramatic (although less than other A.C's) but the middle Poirot just talked and talked and didn't really get anywhere- usually it feels like twists and turns, here it was just a slow collection of the same information over and over with slight differences bc. of the different POV. The plot was just sort of disjointed.

Also I pretty much guessed who was guilty, mostly because A.C. did too good a job of eliminating everybody
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Lachlan Smith
This was one of the most creative and interesting Agatha Christie books that I have read so far in relation to the story, but the execution of the plot through the text was a bit dull. Hercule Poirot never seems to make any progress in the novel until the last few chapters, which makes the progression of the actual story a bit long-drawn-out. She didn't spend enough time on characterisation of most of the characters, which made the revelation rather uneventful. I prefer Agatha Christie books to ...more
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