I liked it but it wasn't as satisfying as some earlier Christie. I picked it up for two reasons: any A.C. is enjoyable, and my 1970 vintage paperback was disintegrating! Next stop, recycling. My first read was years ago - last chance for a second look. Hercule Poirot's favourite mystery writer, Ariadne Oliver, rushes to his London flat and excitedly reveals, "It started really with apples. Bobbing for apples ... at a Hallowe'en party." Murder. During preparations, Ariadne recounts that a pre-teen had boasted of seeing a murder and then, at the party, she came to a terrible and wet end. Our genius with the glorious moustache rushes to Woodleigh Common and consults with his old friend Superintendent Spence who was retired there. Everyone tells Poirot that Joyce always made things up. Yet someone must have believed her. Poirot ties together old murders, forged wills and disappearances to the amazement of police officials in London. You'll love the older style of games at children's parties. I just can't put Christie down.
I'm a sucker for a seasonally themed mystery and Hallowe'en Party fit perfectly in my build up to October 31st festivities. The mystery was well constructed, the characters were interesting, and I loved the way the story featured some of the classic parlor games played around Halloween with the kids.
Good book but needed a few more twists to the story but over all good
This was definately the most predictable outcome of any Christie novel I have read to date. However, there were many twist that I did not foresee. It kept me reading just to see if I had predicted correctly. Overall, a good read.
Easily guessable ending! So it takes away the interest from the book.
Detective Hercule Poirot is called to investigate a tragedy that occurs at a Halloween Party.
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