Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot Series)

Hallowe'en Party (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver has been invited to Woodleigh Common, where a Hallowe'en party is under way for a group of local adolescents...one of whom is a young girl known for telling tall tales of murder and intrigue. When the girl falls victim to a tart game of apple bobbing gone wrong, Ariadne wonders just how tall her latest tale was. Which of the party guests wanted to keep her quiet is a question for her partner in crime, Hercule Poirot. But unmasking a killer this Hallowe'en isn't giong to be easy—for there isn't a soul in Woodleigh who believes the late little storyteller was even murdered...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611735147
Publisher: Center Point Large Print
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Series: Hercule Poirot Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 500
Product dimensions: 5.85(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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Hallowe'En Party 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
judymhb More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan, and this is another great Christie read. She combines suspense, comedy and wonderful details of the period along with banterous dialogue between Poirot and Oliver to bring a wonderful mystery to be read over and over. Bravo! If your looking for lots of gun fire, bloody scenes and profanity, look else where. You won't find them here, fortunately.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The clues abound, if one is willing to take a look -- but, as always, the ending tells more than the clues! Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems that in the later stories,1960's and later, Agatha still does not lose her cleverness. Wonderful stories are still popping up. I could not put this book down. I erad it in two days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Halloween Party by Agatha Christie was a great book to read. The book was written a long time ago when technology wasn¿t as good as it is today. A girl, named Joyce, was killed at a Halloween party when no one was around so no one knows who the killer is.Halloween Party has more than one conflict, but the major one is finding the young girl¿s killer. Mrs. Oliver was also at the party. She is a well known murder story writer, and she heard the girl say something about a murder she had seen when she was a little girl. No one thought anything of it because she had been known to tell stories. In fact, people even made fun of her and cracked jokes about her story. She got mad about it and left everyone else. She went into the library of the house where they had had the apple bobbing contest. The bucket of water was still sitting on the floor and when everyone was going home from the party they realized the girl wasn¿t around. People started searching for her and she was found drowned in the bucket. Hercule Poirot comes to help, and he finds out many clues about Joyce¿s killer but not enough to really point any fingers at any certain person. This is a great book to read if you read fast or just have a fair amount of time. However, it is confusing, and you also have to remember all the clues and really pay attention to follow the story correctly. The book is hard to understand because there are so many characters and so many questions that don¿t get answered through the story. More than one person sounds suspicious of the murder. But since there was no one in the room and clues were harder to come by, the killer is hard to find. Other than it being hard to understand, it is a great book to read and it makes you wonder who the killer is. Halloween Party was named this because that is where the whole book¿s story comes from. You have to read it to find out the person who killed Joyce, and it will be the person you would least likely expect. The book has a great mystery and also a few unexpected surprises that you almost can¿t believe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was another good one from Agatha!(Aren't they all though?) The ending is a surprise. You won't be disappointed!
burgundy194 More than 1 year ago
Light hearted mystery. Typical Agatha Christie
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Always enjoy Agatha Christie's work. I would have given it 5-stars except that the middle of the book seemed a bit off-track in relation to the over-all story. Lots of twists and turns in this one. What I particularly enjoy about Christie's work is that the facts are summed up at the end so that you always get a clear picture of who, what, when and why. Enjoyable read & recommend to all Christie fans. The reviews that show low ratings for this book seem to be mainly from people who use this website inappropriately.. This is not a chat room! This type of usage is against the terms of usage. I would encourage all to please report these to Barnes & Nobel via the website. It is the only way B&N can put a stop to this type of inappropriate usage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the little town of Woodleigh Common, a Halloween party is taking place. Amongst the guests is little Joyce Reynolds who claims to of witnessed a murder. Later that evening Joyce is found dead. Murdered so she would remain silent of a nasty secret? Hercule sure thinks and he is determined to find the perpatrator. This book was ok. The beginning was good and draws one deeper into the book. It gets kind of boring when Hercule is questioning all the guest. The ending could of been more informative. Though the storyline moves slowly, the plot is intresting and the conclusion is unexcepted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story of a girl who thinks she has seen a dead body.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young girl drowns in the apple grab at a Halloween party. She claims to have seen a murder. No one listens to her, but an author friend of Hercule Poirot thinks her death may be murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hallowe'en Party" started out a bit slow for the first few pages, and then the action and intrigue increased and it ended up being a very good read, one that I will no doubt read again. Of course Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors!
Sandy_Okeevis More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christi does it again! I love a mystery and she delivers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hercule Poirot is an interesting mind to try and understand. I wish other problems in life would have such clear cut answers.
Njkinny More than 1 year ago
It's a Halloween party when amidst the talks of murder, Joyce, a thirteen year old girl, boasts that she once witnessed a murder. "I saw a murder once," said Joyce But no one believes her and everyone thinks she is telling a tall tale since she is a known liar! Angry and swearing that she did see a murder, Joyce storms off but is later found murdered in the same house, drowned in a tub filled with water and apples. "That's where she was found," said Mrs Oliver. "Someone, you know, someone had shoved her head down into the water with the apples. Shoved her down and held her there so that she was dead, of course. Drowned. Drowned...." Mrs Ariadne Oliver, a friend of Poirot and the famous mystery writer, who was present at the party seeks Poirot's help in solving Joyce's murder. But as they begin investigating it looks like this murder holds the secret to an old murder committed years ago. Can Poirot solve Joyce's murder and in turn catch the "evil presence"? What happened all those years ago that just a hint of scandal led to Joyce getting killed? Everyone has a motive to hide something or the other and a web of lies has been weaved which Poirot and Mrs Oliver have to penetrate to reach the murderer who got away once and is sure of a repeat performance! A yet another splendid book from the "Queen of Crime", Agatha Christie. Hallowe'en Party, is a book where the surroundings also have a character. Whether it be the spooky, dark and mysterious atmosphere at the Halloween Party or be it the sinister and deep-secrets-buried silence of the people. A story bound to keep you on the edge of your seat, Hallowe'en Party tests all our "little grey cells" as Poirot solves the murder mystery in his usual style and Mrs Oliver, true to her nature, is full of suggestions which range from weird to highly sinister as reasons for the murder! I loved this book and highly recommend it all of you. A fitting "Halloween Day" reading. A full 5 on 5 to it. This review is also available on my blog Njkinny's World of Books..
screamingbanshee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The setting: a children's halloween party complete with bobbing for apples, looking in the mirror to see your true love, a "real" witch ... and the presence of a well-known writer of mystery stories. A child boasts that she witnessed a murder, and hours later she is drowned.

See how a murder committed years ago comes back to haunt a community. With characteristic references to Greek mythology of a bevy of characters, a beautiful garden .... and a complicated plot of money and saving beauty for beauty's sake. And Poirot saves the life of yet another just in time!

jnicholson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some beautiful imagery of gardens and of the emotions they evoke give this mystery its charm. A child is drowned at a party, after boasting that she had seen a murder - but all the evidence suggests that she did not see any such thing, so why would she be killed? Christie makes it all come together with a twist in the end, as always.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though I am not an avid mystery reader, I can't resist picking up any Agatha Christie books that I see in thrift stores, and I found this one at a library book-sale. It stars Hercule Poirot again - Christie's beloved detective. This time, he is investigating a murder at the request of his friend Ariadne Oliver, a writer. At a party, a young girl boasted of having witnessed a murder, and hours later was found drowned in a game of bobbing apples. Poirot investigates, delving deep into the town's past to try and find any murders that the girl could possibly have seen. However, everyone in town assures him that the victim was a dreadful liar, and that he shouldn't trust a thing she said. So why was she murdered?This book was easy to read, but I kept putting it down shortly after picking it up. The way it was written simply wasn't very interesting - it was tedious and at times dull. Christie focuses more on making the mystery puzzling than exciting or suspenseful. Poirot goes about the town questioning everyone that he can think of, not only about the party at which the girl was killed, but also about people in town and events in the past. This took up nearly all of the book, and after awhile, it got more than a bit tiring. Many of the people Poirot interviewed said the same things, with only slight variations, and it got repetitive. There was never any action, just a lot of talking.I suppose that this was done to give the reader a chance to figure everything out - but I personally would rather see something happen.I did figure out part of the mystery, which I thought was made a bit too obvious.Another thing than I didn't like about this book was that there were a suspiciously convenient amount of murders and abnormal deaths in a small town. A woman is strangled, a wealthy elderly woman has a suspect death tied with possible fraud and thievery, someone is killed in a hit and run... For a small town, that's a large amount, in my opinion.Also, the title of "Hallowe'en Party" is a bit of false advertising - it isn't even October when this mystery takes place, and the party was Halloween themed but only barely. This isn't a "Halloween" book. And further false advertising - on the back cover of the copy that I have (Berkley Books) it says "...For there isn't a soul in Woodleigh who believes the late little storyteller was even murdered."What? Yes they do. There is never any doubt. Clearly, whoever wrote the paragraph on the back cover never got around to actually reading the book.But this book wasn't all bad. I would say that it is an average book, but not altogether horrible.I liked the character of Miranda, a nymph-like child who reminded me a bit of Luna Lovegood in "Harry Potter."There was also a nice sense of urgency at the very end, when the mystery was resolved. I won't say anything to give it away, but the ending was satisfying.This is an average book, but I wouldn't recommend it because there are so many other Agatha Christie books that are far better.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mrs Oliver - who seems to be involved in murder everywhere she goes - attends a children's party at which a young girl claims that she had witnessed a murder. Claims which are ignored until later that evening she is murdered. Mrs Oliver calls in her friend Hercule Poirot to investigate. A good late Poirot.
drbubbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like many of her later works, as much space is devoted to bemoaning post-war social change as to the mystery itself. Furthermore said mystery has more convolutions than are made use of, let alone explained; and the resolution is unsatisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pace of Agatha Christie's novels, leisurely and pictorial, then accelerating as clues accumulate, is as reliable as rain. Hercule's observations are obscure to our inquiring minds right up until they're not because his deductions are confirmed. One warning: don't read something serious and layered, like Cormac McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses" right before reading a Christie novel. It took half the book before I got over feeling that the whole thing was just silly.
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my third Hercule Poirot entry in the Cool Down with AC reading challenge. Poirot featured much more prominently in this outing, he was more of a peripheral character in Three Act Tragedy and the Clocks. I had high hopes for his one, I love Halloween, but it didn't enthrall me. I did enjoy reading about an English Halloween party. I especially loved the description of the Snapdragon dish was mentioned often. Apparently they soak raisins in brandy and light it on fire. The kids then have to pick the flaming raisins out. It sounds rather dangerous to me but it was fun to read about. The mystery itself left me kind of cold. A thirteen year old girl is drowned in the bobbing for apples bucket and everyone is kind of blase about it. Where was Scotland Yard. Even worse, her ten year old brother is also found murdered and Poirot can't seem to muster up any sympathy. It turns out he was a little blackmailer and the sister was a liar but come on they were kids. Doesn't anyone care? Like in the previous books there are many characters to keep track of and the plot about the forgery got very convoluted after awhile. The middle half of the book really dragged for me. So far I am not really loving Hercule Poirot. I seem to prefer Miss Marple and the stand alone novels more. The movie for this book recently aired on masterpiece Theater and is currently available online.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ariadne Oliver summons Poirot to find the murderer of a child. He finds the roots run deep in this garden of evil.
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The new girl walks in wearing a short purple skirt with a white tanktop her straigght brown hair out.
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