Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hallowe'en Party - Classic Mystery Review

Goodreads: Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie

Rating: It's Okay
Source: Purchased

Description:  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...

Genre: Mystery - Classic

Why I Picked This Book:  I'm rereading all the Poirot books and this one was next!

My Impression:  This book was published in the very last decade of Agatha Christie's 50 + year writing career.  It's an entertaining premise but I feel like these last few books just aren't quite as tightly plotted as her earlier books.  I like the premise on this one though it does feel like a retread of an earlier (and in my opinion better) mystery that also stars Mrs. Oliver.  

I do love Poirot out of his element and Poirot out of his element WITH Mrs. Oliver in tow is even better.  I loved the details of the Halloween party and seeing the setup of the village.  Unfortunately, I didn't love the execution of this one as much as I normally do.  The last quarter felt a little rushed and frankly jumbled.  And even worse the first three quarters of the book felt a little lackluster and never really engaged me.  

I love Agatha Christie and for the most part she's incredibly consistent but I just don't love her last few books and this is a clear case of that.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Obviously!  Agatha Christie will always be my favorite even though this book isn't.

Would I Recommend this Book?   Probably not.  If you like the premise I think you'd prefer Dead Man's Folly or if you're just interested in trying Christie I'd recommend one of her earlier books.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I haven't read Hallowe'en party yet. I have an old copy with the creepiest cover. Just never drew my attention. Might however read it out of pure curiosity.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Haven't far enough for this one as I am reading them in order but it looks