Mystery writer Ariadne Oliver has been invited to a Hallowe'en party at Woodleigh Common. One of the other guests is an adolescent girl known for telling tall tales of murder and intrigue — and for being generally unpleasant. But when the girl, Joyce, is found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub, Mrs. Oliver wonders after the fictional nature of the girl's claim that she had once witnessed a murder. Which of the party guests wanted to keep her quiet is a question for Ariadne's friend Hercule Poirot. But unmasking a killer this Hallowe'en is not going to be easy — for there isn't a soul in Woodleigh who believes the late little storyteller was actually murdered.
I’d never read this Agatha Christie book. It was pretty good other than a few very old fashioned opinions/comments from various characters about the mentally challenged? Very odd, but an old book so I’ll give it a pass. Not her very best work but not the worst either.
When I bought the book it said something about a movie in the works with Kenneth Branagh? I’m glad I didn’t research this until after I finished the book. It looks to bear no resemblance to the book other than Hercule Poirot is in both. Setting moved from England to Italy? Hercule’s friend, an overweight mystery author is now Tina Fey? What? And that’s just the start! Maybe the film will be good but I think it will bear little resemblance to Christie’s book. A little bizarre.