Hallowe'en Party: Inspiration for the 20th Century Studios Major Motion Picture A Haunting in Venice (Hercule Poirot Mysteries #35) (Paperback)

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This is book number 35 in the Hercule Poirot Mysteries series.

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Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party is perhaps remembered as one of her more “disappointing” works of fiction by some, as it brings Hercule Poirot out of a period of retirement. However, I found this story to be just as terrifying as any of her others. Christie’s storytelling and character development make this book truly spine-chilling and keep the reader guessing until the very end.

Set in the small fictional British town of Woodleigh Common, sometime in the mid-20th-century, the book begins with preparations for a Halloween party. Specifically, a Halloween party that Mrs. Rowena Drake, a very wealthy widow, is hosting at her large estate. The party is packed with fascinating characters: Ariadne Oliver, a mystery writer; Judith Butler, the widow of an airline pilot and single mother; Elizabeth Whittaker, a teacher at the local private school; Mrs. Goodbody, a cleaning lady; and a few older children helping with preparations. Among them, the murder victim, 13-year-old Joyce Reynolds, who claims she once witnessed a murder herself, with no one believing her.

After the party, Mrs. Oliver discovers Joyce dead, having been drowned in an apple-bobbing tub in Mrs. Drake’s library. The culprit? No one has a clue. Who would have such a motive to kill a 13-year-old? Everyone believes that some mentally disturbed person snuck into the party and committed the murder. That is, until Mrs. Oliver asks her dear friend, renowned detective Hercule Poirot, to investigate the case. 

Christie creates a very complex plot, introducing even more minor characters with levels of intrigue to each one, making it difficult for the reader to weed out any red herrings. Christie delves into the human psyche, showing how our perceptions of people can be clouded by preconceived notions and appearances, which leads to many shocking revelations.

For mystery lovers and Agatha Christie fans like myself, this is truly a must-read. While I don’t think it will ever live up to Murder on the Orient Express or Death on the Nile, it is incredibly captivating with its eerie atmosphere, creative plotting, and detailed character personalities. Halloween is coming up soon, so step in and join this mysterious party!

— Liam Harrison-Stewart


Enjoy Agatha Christie’s beloved classic, Hallowe’en Party—the inspiration for the major motion picture A Haunting in Venice, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh!

In this authorized edition from the Queen of Mystery, a Halloween party turns deadly, and it falls to Hercule Poirot to unmask a murderer.

At a Halloween 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...

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.

Praise For…

“Agatha Christie needed to create an exceptional detective to outthink every reader and Hercule Poirot is the result.” — Peter Lovesey, Anthony award-winning author of Stagestruck

“A thundering success….A triumph for Hercule Poirot.” — Daily Mirror (London)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062073952
ISBN-10: 0062073958
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 14th, 2011
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Hercule Poirot Mysteries