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Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie is a Hercule Poirot murder mystery in which Poirot is called to investigate the murder of a young girl at a Halloween party – she is found drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket.
This is not the first Agatha Christie novel to be mentioned on my blog, as I often enjoy her work – particularly her Hercule Poirot stories.
Yet, with Hallowe’en Party, I found myself disappointed.
Firstly, it wasn’t particularly scary. In fairness, I hadn’t expected it to be – it’s not a Gothic horror novel, after all. However, I had hoped for some more gory details, or even a slightly more Gothic atmosphere – thunder and lightning crackling outside as Poirot turns up to investigate a child murder in a dark and sinister country house. Perhaps that’s slightly too cliché but, given the book is set at Halloween, it might have been fun for Christie to include those tropes. Instead, she depicts Halloween in a rather quaint and, dare I say it, dull way. Even the fact a child has been murdered is glossed over somewhat.
Secondly, there weren’t any characters I strongly liked or disliked – mainly because because there weren’t any memorable, distinctive, or developed characters. Even Poirot didn’t really seem like Poirot. Each character felt incredibly two-dimensional, which was disappointing. As a consequence, I didn’t find the murder mystery engrossing, gripping, engaging, or indeed any other synonyms you can think of. This was quite a significant issue for me because isn’t the whole point of a Poirot story to solve the mystery in an interesting and engaging way? Throughout the book, as Poirot uncovers clues, interviews suspects and, even at the end of the book, when he reveals all, I didn’t feel satisfied in the slightest. I didn’t feel like I’d learnt anything about the characters, and I didn’t feel surprised or shocked. More than that, though, I didn’t even care.
Overall, Hallowe’en Party is a much weaker novel of Christie’s than any I’ve ever read, and I have no idea why this is the case. I would not recommend.
However, if you are interested in reading some entertaining and fascinating murder mysteries (that is, if my review here hasn’t put you off Agatha Christie’s work entirely!), you can read some more of my Agatha Christie reviews and blog posts here:
Star Rating: 3/5 Stars
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This post was last updated in January 2020