"Hallowe'en Party" by Agatha Christie

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The story starts off in a Halloween party where a girl named Joyce was found dead with her head drowned in a bucket of water mysteriously. A detective story starts here. One of the guests, Mrs Oliver asked the help from her friend the detective Hercule Poirot to solve the murder. The more Poirot tried to investigate about the incident, the

more secrets he found out. The murder of Joyce was thought related to another murder. This prediction was due to Joyce's mention in the beginning of the story, "I saw a murder once. I didn't know it was a murder when I saw it. Something that somebody said only about a month or two ago suddenly made me think: Of course, that was a murder I saw." And this give the idea of why Joyce was dead. By discovering the relationship between the two murders, Poirot researched and interview different people who are somehow related to the murder that he believed Joyce witnessed.

The detective Hercule Poirot, is a typical detective, who's observant and careful. "It was not very characteristic of Hercule Poirot to ask the opinions of others. He was usually quite satisfied with his own opinions." But when he found out who the murderer was, "it would give me solace and support if someone whose opinion I respected agreed with them." By this, even though he normally wouldn't consult other's opinion, he wanted to be sure and careful. After he heard of the murder and what Joyce said in the party, Poirot did some research and came up with a list of suspected murder that Joyce might have seen. This suggests that he's organized and doesn't just interview random people but there's a motive behind. His method of solving a crime is through interviewing different people...