Book review: Halloween party (by Agatha Christie)

Title: Halloween party

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers


The story opens with the preparation of a Halloween party in a small town. Mrs Oliver, an author of detective stories, was one of the helpers. In a small talk about the murders in her stories, a young girl, Joyce, claimed to have witnessed a murder when she was younger. Nobody believed her. However when the party ended, Joyce was found dead. Detective Hercule Poirot was called in to investigate the case. He was intrigued about the murder Joyce claimed to have witnessed as it might be linked to her death. He went about asking the townspeople about some unusual cases that occurred in the town during the past few years to find out which was the one witnessed by Joyce. He also interviewed those present in the Halloween party to find out what happened during the party. There were indeed some unusual cases but none seemed to be linked to the murder of Joyce. Poirot also discovered no one believed Joyce as she was known to be a liar. So there was a possibility Joyce had lied.


The ending and the identity of the murderer are very unexpected and I will leave it to interested readers to find out. The book is written in a way that the reader can participate in the investigation as Poirot interviews the people, thus it keeps the reader guessing until the detective unveils the mystery.

PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.






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