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Hallowe'en Party: A Hercule Poirot Mystery [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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June 6 2011 Hercule Poirot Mysteries
The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. When a Hallowe’en Party turns deadly, it falls to Hercule Poirot to unmask a murderer.

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“Agatha Christie needed to create an exceptional detective to outthink every reader and Hercule Poirot is the result.” (Peter Lovesey, Anthony award-winning author of Stagestruck)

“A thundering success….A triumph for Hercule Poirot.” (Daily Mirror (London))

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At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts 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 must establish whether he is looking for a murderer or a double murderer.…

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4.0 out of 5 stars Why Ariadne Oliver stopped eating apples May 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mystery writer, Ariadne Oliver was visting a friend and agreed to help her organize a Halloween party for the village teenagers. The party was a great success despite Ms. Oliver's assistance until a rather overbearing young girl was found drowned in the apple bobbing bucket.
Ariadne turned to her friend, Hercule Poirot, for help in solving this crime. Together the two work to discover just who could have wanted the 13 year old dead and why. Along the way scandals from the past are uncovered, another murder committed and unsupected ones found. Apparently the peaceful village had been hiding blackmail, forgery, multiple murders, greed and madness for years.
The only things that were stumbling blocks to my enjoyment of the story were the lack of explanation of various terms like 'eleven plus' and references to the English school system - grammar school vs secondary modern and A-levels. I found these references distracting from the main story. The other thing I found annoying was a bit where a mother, who had been described at length as a loving, caring, responsible and intelligent parent wants to leave her child behind while she goes away for a few days. Not only does she want to leave the child behind but proposes to leave her behind with a family that had already had two family members murdered in the past two weeks. I found that very unrealistic and a very uncharacteristic 'blooper' on the part of Christie.
Still this 1969 novel has held up well, the action could take place today just as easily as 40 plus years ago. I highly recommend this mystery, particularly for fans of the scatty Ariadne Oliver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She's still got it March 19 2004
By Mattie
Format:Audio Cassette
Christie still has it, the ability to bewilder and amaze, at age 79! She shows herself capable of making poignant and truthful observations, throughout the book, about youth, the changing state of society, and of course, the mind of those capable of crime and murder. I am always facinated by the amount of quotable quotes in any Christie novel.
It is true that some later Christie novels are not quite as palatable as her earlier work, but this is simply not one of them. As fresh as her first works, with a believable ending and a incredible and intriguing motive for one of her characters, I'm wondering how anyone could read this and not see the value. Christie shines when she takes out Poirot, and the duo of Oliver and Poirot is a treat.
The only flaw I see here is Christie's inability to see 'lower class' servants as capable of being worth as much as the upper classes, but she was a Victorian, and raised with prejudice. Still, the continual references in her books to servants who morbidly get excited about death, who are stupidly superstitious, who cannot make inferences, or in short behave like common sheep get to be wearing. Christie is also racist; Frenchwomen, Englishwomen, Americanwomen, and those from the 'colonies' are highly bred and of good bearing, but those from Spain, Italy, and other 'ethnic' countries are too often dismissed in a single sentence and described as having 'a simple good nature and flashing teeth'. Ouch. I won't even go into how she describes Arabics.
So long as you can view her work for what it is, a excellently crafted, yet lighthearted murder mystery, written by an Englishwoman born to priviledge, who lived in somewhat of an ivory tower, you will be able to enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ariadne + Apples = The real Agatha Nov. 6 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Of course it's not between the best of Agatha, but all books that have a "Ariadne Oliver the famous crime novelist" are specials to me. My Grandmother, a lady with a great resemblence to Agatha was a fan of Ariadna and so do I. Perharps basically I like the mix of emotions that Agatha put in Ariadne, letting her character transmit her real ideas about her famous detective:
"But you've written lots of books" said Joyce; "you make a lot of money out of them, don't you?"
"In a way," said Mrs. Oliver, her thougths flying to the Inland Revenue.
"And you've got a detective who's a Finn."
Mrs. Oliver admitted the fact. A small stolid boy not yet, Mrs. Oliver would have thought, arrived at seniority of the eleven-plus, said sternly, "Why a Finn?"
"I've often wondered, " said Mrs. Oliver Truthfully.
Certainly is a deligth to hear Ariadne/Agatha talk through this book. If this book is a little slow in the begginning you have a good "finale" and I can bet that you are not going to find the murder until the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Matt Benoit's Review of Hallowe'en Party Feb. 1 2001
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Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, a mystery writer, was staying with her friend, Judith Butler, at Woodleigh Common. Mrs. Oliver and Ms. Butler went to Mrs. Rowena Drake's house to help prepare for a Hallowe'en Party with other people. The Hallowe'en Party was for children. During the preparations, a young girl, Joyce Reynolds, spoke of witnessing a murder a couple years ago. Joyce Reynolds was known for making up bizarre stories. Someone that was helping out with the preparations heard what Joyce said and didn't take any chances. Joyce was murdered. She drowned in a pale of water used to bob for apples in the library during the party later that night. Mrs. Oliver wasted no time. She quickly went to her former policeman friend, Hercule Poirot, and asked for his help with finding Joyce's murderer. Mr. Poirot immediately began interrogating people that were preparing for the party. He made little progress. Mr. Poirot then went to his old police-force colleague, Superintendent Spence, who lived in Woodleigh Common. Mr. Poirot asked Mr. Spence for a list of murder cases dating back a couple years. One case was about a Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe. Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe was an old, rich widow, who lived in a great house surrounded by beautiful gardens. She had many assistants that helped her out with all her work in the gardens. Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe had always had a will giving the majority of her money to her nephew and his wife. Suddenly, she died, and her will left the majority of her money to an au pair girl. The will said she was giving her money to the au pair girl because she helped out much when she was sick. Lawyers saw that Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe's signature on the will was forged. All of a sudden, the au pair girl disappeared. This case made Mr. Poirot curious. Mr. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read
Readers can always count on Agatha Christie for a fun and interesting whodunit. In this 60's addition to the Hercule Poirot series, the intrepid detective is asked to help solve a... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by Karen Potts
3.0 out of 5 stars a nice time killer
This is one of Christie's easier mysteries to figure out but the murders are just nasty enough to be almost comical. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2001 by JR
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Christie
I am a fan of Christie's, but found this novel a bit of a let-down. It moves at the speed of a turtle in molasses, and though, at the time of writing I have not completed reading... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars very good!
This book was great. The people who thought the end was confusing just aren't very smart. The characters were interesting and the ending was lovely!
Published on Dec 24 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars GOod, but not her best
Like many of the other reviews, I did not find this as good as other Agatha Christies. It was boring at some parts, and it strayed from its main topic(Halloween party). Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better books.
I've read about 7 or 8 Poirot mysteries and this one just didn't impress me much. Character developlement was weak, plot was muddled, and the story lacked the intensity that I have... Read more
Published on Nov. 20 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars A very excellent mystery novel
This book is a good mystery novel. I liked it a lot and also this book was very thrilling to read. From the Murder to when they found out who done it was very exciting to read. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
This book does not show off Agatha Christie's finer points in her literature. It lacks that suspenseful twinge that makes me want to read it to see if my suspiscions of who the... Read more
Published on June 21 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Clumsy mystery
I certainly haven't read many of Christie's books (only about ten), and although I consider myself a lover of detective stories, I can never figure out who she will choose to be... Read more
Published on May 22 1999
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