Halloween Party Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1991
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"A thundering success... a triumph for Hercule Poirot" Daily Mirror --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
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.…--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
"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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Oct. 12 2003 by Karen Potts
This is one of Christie's easier mysteries to figure out but the murders are just nasty enough to be almost comical. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2001 by JR
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 morePublished on Sept. 24 2001
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
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2000
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 1999
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 morePublished on Nov. 1 1999