Hallowe’en Party (1969) – Agatha Christie

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One star

Read Aug 12 2015 – Aug 15 2015

Part of the Hercule Poirot series

A teenage murder witness is drowned in a tub of apples… 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 one was a disappointment. Started off well: there’s something quite romantic about curling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate and an Agatha Christie mystery. But the momentum quickly died off as the book stagnated into a myriad of interviews with seemingly irrelevant characters. There wasn’t the usual sense of urgency, Poirot’s boundless personality was lacking, and the reveal felt unnecessarily dragged out. Plus the fact the reveal itself was quite… underwhelming. All in all, Hallowe’en Party was definitely not one of my favourites.

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