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Hallowe'en Party

(Hercule Poirot Mysteries #39)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  28,332 ratings  ·  2,049 reviews
A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples... At a Hallowe'en party, Joycea hostile thirteen-year-oldboasts 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 ...more
Paperback, Agatha Christie Signature Edition, 336 pages
Published September 3rd 2001 by Harper (first published November 1969)
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Greg Sofia, just for fun, I'm reading the Poirot books backwards from the last (Curtain), then next to last (Elephants Can Remember) to third from last…moreSofia, just for fun, I'm reading the Poirot books backwards from the last (Curtain), then next to last (Elephants Can Remember) to third from last (this one). This one is fine as a stand-alone, but sort of a relief that Oliver finally gives up on apples, while Poirot, however, can't give up his vanity (his way too tight, polished shoes which cause obvious discomfort.) (less)

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Amalia Gavea
''The past is the father of the present.

The ''crime'' writers who write like Christie are few. The ones who try to write mysteries similar to her own are non-existent. I may sound harsh, but those who struggle to imitate her should take a step back and reconsider. And why is that? Because she understood, embraced and elevated to a whole new level the implications of the past when facing the present. As horrible as a present situation may be, the roots of all evil lie in the deeds of the past.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Are you always looking for that perfect Autumnal read?

Maybe you aren't a fan of horror, you don't want to be literally afraid, but still want the feeling of the Halloween season?

If this is the case, than this may be the perfect book for you. I read Hallowe'en Party last year on Halloween night and I had a lot of fun with it.

This is a Hercule Poirot mystery and if you are a fan of him, his calm and efficient manner, than what are you waiting for?

Pick this one up!

The main plot revolves around
Bridgette Redman
Feb 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 cant recommend this book to anyoneespecially not to anyone who hasnt 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 plots
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery fans, Christie fans
While some of Agatha Christies mysteries remain immensely satisfying, there are a few that just dont work, whether from cultural shift or a more experimental approach. I was worried when I picked up Halloween Party; I had been operating with a suspicion that her best work was earlier in her extensive career. However, it wasnt 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot #39, Ariadne Oliver #7), Agatha Christie
Hallowe'en Party is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in November 1969. The novel features Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the mystery novelist Ariadne Oliver, who begins the novel in attendance at a Hallowe'en party. A girl at the party claims she witnessed a murder, which, at the time, she was too young to realize was a murder. Soon, the girl
What a fun Halloween read this one was! A fan of Agatha Christie, I've had this one on my TBR pile for too long. For the last three years I have checked this book out for Halloween with grand plans to read it. And something always comes up. Last year, my mother in-law snagged it from me and read it while visiting. This year I was determined and I'm so happy I finally finished it.

Hallowe'en Party tells the story of a Halloween Party thrown for some teenage kids where things go horribly wrong and
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018
What started out as a unique and interesting mystery soon turned into a rather tedious read with bland characters and a repetitive storyline. The resolution was acceptable yet disappointing as it seemed to be a jumble of happenings that an amateur detective (or reader) could not have pieced together. I was left feeling like there was absolutely no way I could have figured it out, like the clues were never given. Maybe they were there though as I found the book to be so disjointed that I was ...more
Read for my IRL book club. Based on the publisher's blurb that Dame Agatha's sales are exceeded only by Shakespeare's and the Bible, my failure to appreciate what the entire reading world cherishes no doubt speaks to some dark blot on my soul.
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; their
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5 stars!

I had my hunches and finally figured out most of the mystery, with a 1/4 of the book left.
It can happen friends but is very rare with AC books! Its so rare, its kind of like seeing a yeti for the first time. 😂

This was a fun book and an interesting ending.
Not one of her best books but still highly entertaining.
Jay Schutt
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not really feeling much of a review for this one. Just an ok read for me, perhaps because I am on vacation at the beach for a month. But an ok read from Agatha Christie is still pretty good.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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

Oct 31, 2014 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. ...more
Short enough to read in one sitting, on Halloween day. Fun Halloween read.
I personally dont think Agatha Christie wrote children very well - Ive thought this before, whenever one of her books has a child in it, they never seem real - but aside from that, a good story.
Stephanie Anze
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Joyce is a 13-year-old girl helping set up for a Halloween party. Amid the preparations, she brags about having witnessed a murder once. Most that hear her simply suppose that she is trying to impress Adriadne Oliver, a noted murder mystery author that is in attendance, so they pay litte mind to her. Joyce storms off only to be found dead in the library, by the bobbing-for-apples game later that evening. Its Mrs. Oliver that contacts Hercule Poirot. Poirot is ever as eager to pursue the case and ...more
Vikas Singh
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
Another block buster from the queen of crime writing. Once again Poiroit teams up with Mrs. Oliver to solve a crime where the characters have a sinister past. Slowly and skillfully the ace detective unravels the plot. Compared to her other novels, this is relatively shorter but not short on thrill
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
An interesting story with a solid plot and cast of characters.

Joyce, a young schoolgirl, says she has seen a murder. Later at a Halloween party her body lies lifeless in the library where the apple-bobbing had been held. Poirot is called to assist an old friend who is worried that the killer is loose and possibly disturbed.

Although not considered a premier Christie mystery it is enjoyable, and also shows something of how the author's approach to subjects that would have been taboo when she
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shortly after confessing she had once witnessed a murder, thirteen year old Joyce is found having drowned in an apple-bobbing tub during a Halloween Party.  Famed investigator Hercule Poirot is brought in to uncover the killer.

Im not going to lie, for a book that seems to be heavily marketed as a Halloween-centric novel, I was disappointed to discover that the story has little to do with Halloween.  Yes, the inciting incident takes place during a Halloween party, but the season is dropped pretty
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it

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
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Ariadane Oliver should really stop attending parties or planning any special events because once again Hercule Poiriot was needed. This time to try and solve the murder of a young girl that hours before her death claimed that she "had seen a murder once." Turns out this English village has more than a few missing people, forgers, accidents, and murderers. My head was spinning!

I love the relationship between Olivier and Poiriot as they have these "downtime " moments in the midst of
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Agatha Christie book. I really enjoy her writing so I am looking forward to reading more by her. But this just fell a little short for me in the end. It was all just meh... I think had this been a little longer to add more detail and suspense, it would have held my attention and been more interesting. But this felt like any other mystery novel I have read and I really didnt care what ended up happening. I honestly was just ready for the book to end. No character development,
Sheila Beaumont
It had been more than 10 years since I last read this one, so I had forgotten much of it, though I did remember the girl being drowned while bobbing for apples. Originally published in 1969, this is one of Agatha Christie's later mysteries, and the 36th in the Poirot series. I found it amusing that Mrs. Ariadne Oliver (reportedly a stand-in for the author herself) tells Poirot that his mind is like a programmed computer. I'm not sure how many times I've read this, but it's still as enjoyable as ...more
Jammin Jenny
I love a good Agatha Christie book and this fit the bill. Both Hercule Poirot and Ms. Oliver are in the story. Ms. Oliver was at a Halloween party where a murder takes place, and she calls on her good friend Hercule to help solve the mystery. Great storytelling and as usual Hercule figures it out before I do!
Stephanie Swint
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween
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 Christies Halloween 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 Fraser ...more
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
I will always love stories made for Halloween!! And this one so much fun. Getting to see how old Halloween was like.
David Schaafsma
I hate waterAriadne Oliver, once rescued at sea by a friend.

I hate apples. I never want to see another apple againAriadne Oliver

Halloween Party, Hercule Poirot #36, the second to last Poirot novel, published in 1969, and the second to last written, since Curtain was written in the forties, ready to publish when the end would finally come about (which didnt happen for more than a quarter of a century later!). To say this is better than youd expect is no compliment, of course, but it is just is. I
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ariadne Oliver, stop going to parties! Murder seems to follow you to parties; what a bad guest!
A girl is murdered at a party and a shaken Ariadne pulls Poirot into the case, which I partly figured out with my own little grey cells. I really enjoyed Ariadnes presence, which, though not large, still entertained me. And really, Poirot! Patent leather shoes in the country while you walk from location to location during your inquiries? Though you are intelligent when it comes to figuring out whos a
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mansuriah Hassan
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're following me, you would know how much I love Agatha Christie's books. This is one of my favourite of all the Poirot mysteries. The pacing is good, and the plot has some unexpected twists that keep it interesting.

In this novel, a fun Halloween party ends in tragedy. Young Joyce has been drowned in the apple dunking trough. Earlier in the day, she was boasting about witnessing a murder. Poirot's friend, the quirky Ariadne Oliver, a mystery writer, thinks there's something more sinister
Richard Derus
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4* of five

Another case of book and film reviews overlapping.

The book is a hot mess and I'd give it 2.5 stars on its own merits. The entire plot is muddled and there are more loose ends than a fringed vest, but this isn't a surprise as Mrs. Christie was almost certainly suffering from dementia when she wrote this book.

The cast is vast, their interconnections vague, and the motive for the murder was (while the same in both versions) significantly less well explained in the book.

The filmed
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