publisher: Harper Collins UK
At a Hallowe’en 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! (Amazon)
In (Very) Short:
+ Hercule Poirot mystery
+ solid read
– lack of motive, and a little too much attempted psychology
After my wonderful and perfect Miss Marple read last month, I decided to grab another Christie and picked a novel right for October: Halloween. However, I was very sure that there was nothing sinister or spooky going to happen in this book. It was just really the title.
A young girl was murdered at a Halloween party after she claimed she witnessed a murder before. Mrs Oliver, who was at the party and who happened to be a crime novelist, is also friends with Hercule Poirot and asks him for help. So, of course he makes his way to the small town where he reunites with another old friend and former police officer Spence. And off he goes.
Well, this was not necessarily one of Christie’s best novels. I don’t remember a lot (which in itself is not a good sign): Poirot was going around asking questions, nobody had a good or real motive to murder the child, everybody starting talking psychology and mental illness, that the some people are just bad and can’t stop themselves and since everybody did this – whether specifically asked or not – it was rather annoying.
Altogether it seemed a little forced and not as fluent and effortless as many of her other novels.
Poirot was his usually charming and stubborn self. Yet still not enough to keep my continued attention.
A solid book, but not her best work.