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review 2017-03-28 00:00
Hallowe'en Party
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie Rating: 5 Stars

This book has been an annual read for me around Halloween for the past 4 years. I love this book! The story never gets old. When I first read it, the ending was a complete shocker...totally unexpected! Even though I've read this book many times one know what to expect, I still very much enjoy it and is the perfect read for staying in on a cold Halloween night!

The movie is also very good, no discrepancies that I could pick-up (I am very good at keying in on differences from the book when I watch a movie).
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review 2016-10-30 03:01
Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie

Series: Hercule Poirot #36

 

This was a really mediocre Poirot. I suppose the underlying mystery was somewhat interesting, but it was buried under a whole lot of musings on how degenerate the youth of the day are and how many mentally disturbed people are running around free in present day society (1969). It was all just rather weird, and Poirot was only recognizable by his moustaches not by his reasoning or other little quirks.

 

I’m counting this for the “Set on Halloween” square for the Halloween Bingo.

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text 2016-10-29 01:22
Reading progress update: I've read 28%.
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie

Ok, what's with all this talk of mentally disturbed persons? Is this where Christie started to get funny about the younger generations?

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text 2016-10-19 15:23
Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie

Oh, how I love a good Agatha!

 

So much, in fact, that one of my reading plans for next year is to finally read all of the Marples - but, I digress, because this is #36 in the Poirot series, and is a bright spot among the later books. Published in 1969, it is preceded by Third Girl (which is truly awful) and followed by Elephants Can Remember (which is slightly less awful than Third Girl, in my opinion, but still isn't very good).

 

I did quite enjoy this one, though - enough that I've read it a few times at this point. It is one of the Ariadne Oliver books, Agatha's most autobiographical character, who bumbles around in her usual scatterbrained fashion. By this time in the series, Christie is frankly tired of Poirot's affectations, as am I. Nonetheless, this one has an interesting mystery with a most un-obvious solution.

 

There are certain Poirot mysteries that I would only recommend for readers intent upon reading the entire series. This isn't one of those - it's a second tier mystery that stands on its own fairly well. Not one of Christie's first rate, most innovative stories, but a solid entry in her oevre.

 

I read this for the Pumpkin square, because of the cover!

 

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review 2016-10-05 20:03
Hallowe'en Party
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie

Ever had a bite at a nice red juicy apple and there, down by the core, something rather nasty rears itself up and wags its head at you?

Those damned apples!They're Aridane Oliver's weak spot, and in this story, bobbing for apples is a dangerous game.

 

This is the third time I've read Hallowe'en Party, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the book, much more than on my previous reads. It's one of those books that dwells on details and contains a lot of humor that is somewhat pushed aside when reading the mystery for the sake of finding out who did what.

 

‘Do you know what you sound like?’ said Mrs Oliver. ‘A computer. You know. You’re programming yourself. That’s what they call it, isn’t it? I mean you’re feeding all these things into yourself all day and then you’re going to see what comes out.’

‘It is certainly an idea you have there,’ said Poirot, with some interest. ‘Yes, yes, I play the part of the computer. One feeds in the information—’

‘And supposing you come up with all the wrong answers?’ said Mrs Oliver.

‘That would be impossible,’ said Hercule Poirot. ‘Computers do not do that sort of a thing.’

‘They’re not supposed to,’ said Mrs Oliver, ‘but you’d be surprised at the things that happen sometimes. My last electric light bill, for instance. I know there’s a proverb which says “To err is human,” but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.

 Of course, the mystery in Hallowe'en Party is pretty good, too. The book relies almost entirely on the perception of relationships, the figuring out of which kept me guessing until the very end.

 

I must admit that I actually like Ariadne more than Poirot at times, and in this story she gets plenty of page time. She's scatty, but loveable. She's such an antidote to Poirot who can sometimes seem a bit condescending. For all of Poirot's self-assuredness, Ariadne, tho confident, allows for doubt and alternative possibilities.

I still sometimes think she would have made a great main character if Christie had only allowed herself to write a book dedicated to whimsy.

But to everything that happens there has to be a past. A past which is by now incorporated in today, but which existed yesterday or last month or last year. The present is nearly always rooted in the past.

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