Christie, Agatha

Review: “Hallowe’en Party” by Agatha Christie

‘A child boasts of having witnessed a murder. Only a few hours later, that child is dead. You must admit that there are grounds for believing that it might – it’s a far-fetched idea perhaps – but it might have been the cause and effect.

Another classic Agatha Christie mystery featuring the Belgium detective Hercule Poirot. Hallowe’en Party begins when a teenage girl is found murdered after a Halloween party, having drowned in a bucket. This becomes suspicious as the girl had previously boasted of having witnessed a murder when she was younger, and had only realised what she had seen when she was older, allowing a list of suspects to be formed. To pursue the list of suspects, the motive and to ascertain which murder the girl did witness, Poirot must delve into the village’s list of unsolved murders.

This was a terrific read and filled with gentle and uncontrived twist and turns. I very much appreciated Christie’s skill of drawing out minor characters. With such a large cast this would not have been easy.

There is something very comforting about Agatha Christie’s books despite it always about crime, murder and deceit. Her stories are familiar yet always suspenseful and new. I’m a huge fan but I’ve barely made a dent into her collection.