During a village's Hallowe'en party, a young girl boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. No one believes her tale until her body is found later on in the evening, drowned in the apple-bobbing bucket.
When Ariadne Oliver and her friend, Judith Butler, attend a children's Halloween party in the village of Woodleigh Common, a young girl named Joyce Reynolds boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. Joyce's story is heard by all the party, including her strange brother Leopold, the impeccable hostess Rowena Drake, her bookish son Edmund, and the local Reverend Cottrell. Mrs Whittaker, the church organist, and Frances Drake, Rowena's feisty daughter, are dismissive of her story, but later that evening Joyce's lifeless body is discovered face-down in the apple-bobbing bucket. At Mrs Oliver's behest, Poirot travels down to Woodleigh Common to investigate the murder. Although the local police and Joyce's stepmother dismiss the dead girl's claim, Poirot takes Joyce's story seriously. Mrs Goodbody, a gossiping charwoman, tells Poirot there have been a number of suspicious deaths in the village in recent years which Joyce could indeed have witnessed, and that old curses still ...Written by
The soundtrack music over the closing credits is an arrangement of the Poirot theme incorporating a violin line strongly reminiscent of Saint-Saëns' 'Danse Macabre', which viewers may recognize as also being the theme music used for the series Jonathan Creek (1997). See more »
Poirot quotes Shakespeare, saying that "Methinks the lady doth protest too much". This is a common but an incorrect quote. The writing actually says: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks.". The word 'protest' doesn't mean denying anything, but the same as 'vowing' in the current English language. See more »
Hercule Poirot's friend, the crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, attends a Hallowe'en party in the country. At the party a young girl claims she once saw a murder. Nobody believes her but later that evening the girl is found murdered. Oliver suspects that the perpetrator of the murder the girl saw has murdered the girl and calls in Poirot.
Quite intriguing, though some parts of the plot are easy to figure out in advance. In addition, the ultimate chain of events seems a bit too fantastical and complex to be plausible. So you have a murder where unraveling the plot veers from easy to impossible. Not ideal, but it is still very entertaining.
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