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Mrs McGinty's Dead (Hc Collection) (original 1951; edition 1987)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Mrs McGinty's Dead (Hc Collection)
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd) (1987), Edition: Agatha Christie Mystery Collection, Hardcover, 214 pages
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Mrs. McGinty's Dead by Agatha Christie (1951)

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An elderly lady is murdered in her home, and her lodger, a hopelessly unappealing lump of a man, is convicted of the crime. Hercule Poirot is recruited to explore the possibility that someone else committed the murder. The mystery is fairly straightforward; the story pokes much fun at Poirot's ego, even as he ingenuously closes on the truth. ( )
  bezoar44 | Mar 2, 2014 |
Very good and all tied up nicely. Ariadne makes a wonderful appearance here and Christie's humour really comes through. Lots of characters to keep up with but I did like the references to old murder cases since it's also happening today (Anne Perry being a prime example of someone who changed lives after being convincted for murder). ( )
  RubyScarlett | Nov 11, 2013 |
Superintendent Spence calls on Poirot and tells him about a village murder—charwoman and landlady knocked on her head for the thirty pounds in her floorboard—whose solution has left him dissatisfied. The convicted killer, her rather pathetic young lodger, just isn’t cocky enough. His novelist friend Mrs. Oliver turns out to be staying in the same village and the two quickly realize that everyone seems to be hiding something—but which secrets are deadly, and which just sordid? Which villager might be a figure from a long-ago murder? Who would kill to protect their past? Comic relief provided by the discomfort of our fastidious detective staying in a ramshackle guest house run by a scatterbrained young mother. Not to worry—he’ll have everything fixed up by the end. ( )
  jholcomb | Sep 4, 2013 |
Now retired, Hercule Poirot does not have enough to keep him busy. The only important events in his life are his three meals a day, and so when Superintendent Bert Spence, who he met on an earlier case, comes to see him about the McGinty case he welcomes some activity. James Bentley has just been found guilty of Mrs McGinty's murder but has not yet been sentenced. Superintendent Spence is not happy that Bentley is really guilty and asks Poirot to retrace the investigation.

The problem with Bentley is that he is such a hangdog that he looks guilty and Poirot thinks that he can't blame the jury for their verdict, but he doubts that Bentley could kill anyone. Poirot goes to stay in the village of Broadhinny and puts it about that there is new evidence come to light that Bentley may not have committed murder after all. As Poirot questions those Superintendent Spence has already questioned, new evidence does indeed come to light. Someone tries to push Poirot under a train so he knows he is on the right track, but he is not quick enough to prevent another murder. Ariadne Oliver is chagrined to learn it has taken place under her very nose.

This is a carefully woven plot with Poirot trying to track down the identity of four women whose photos appeared in the local paper. There are several likely people and we see an idea surfacing that was used in an earlier novel, that so many people lost their identity papers during air raids and dislocation during the Second World War, that you can never be sure that people are who they say they are.

Poirot again gets a young woman to assist him in his investigation, and in the final pages we glimpse him indulging in some matchmaking.

A good read, but I really can't go along with Miss Marple replacing Hercule Poirot (see Synopsis). ( )
  smik | Jul 26, 2012 |
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The people of Bradhinny said that Mrs McGinty was killed for her money - until another murder came their way. But it wasn't until Hercule Porirot came their way that they learned why, and worse, that they were all in the same danger.
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When an old lady with no enemies is bludgeoned to death, suspicion falls on her lodger who has no alibi. With every piece of evidence working against him, he has only one hope: Hercule Poirot.

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Mrs. McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head. Suspicion fell immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes revealed traces of the victim's blood and hair. Yet something was amiss: Bentley just didn't look like a murderer. Poirot believed he could save the man from the gallows - what he didn't realize was that his own life was now in great danger.… (more)

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