Hallowe’en Party (Poirot) Paperback – 18 Aug 2008
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“A thundering success… a triumph for Hercule Poirot”
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!See all Product description
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This book reunites Poirot both with Mrs Oliver and the, now retired, Superintendent Spence from “Mrs McGinty’s Dead,” as he lives nearby. There is a little personal complaining from the author about the modern world – boys hair, children’s behaviour and a little repetition, which does show that Agatha Christie is not quite at the peak of her powers. However, even with a few flaws, this is still a very enjoyable novel. Poirot delves into the past to find out who, and why, a murderer would kill a child. As such, this is very much a more ‘modern’ novel – Poirot is constantly told by characters how many unbalanced characters abound, there is no longer a death penalty and the world seems a more dangerous place. As such, it is an interesting novel for Poirot fans, as a glimpse of Christie’s views of the permissive society and, as such, of how Poirot viewed the modern world.
The story also recognises the increasing occurrences of violent crimes committed by young people.
Social comments aside, this is another solid murder mystery with an ageing (but hardly decrepit) Poirot slowly but surely doing what he does best - crime solving. Easy to read with enough characters from whom to select a suspect, this is worth a look.