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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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Mrs. McGinty’s Dead - Christie
audio performance by Hugh Fraser
4 stars

As predicted in the prologue of The Labors of Hercules, Poirot is a complete failure when it comes to the growing vegetable marrows in a quiet country retirement. Fortunately, he has friends on the front lines of law enforcement who come to him with pretty problems for his inactive little grey cells. In this mystery, he is reunited with the eccentric Ariadne Oliver as they work to save a convicted murderer from the gallows. This is Christie at her best. Lots of suspects, humorous characters, and plenty of red herrings.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
A standard murder mystery. Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate the death of a charwoman some months previously. He gets to know the residents of the village, and - of course - figures out 'whodunit'.

Agatha Christie's skill is in her plotting, and the laying of false clues to lull the reader into a false sense of confidence about the perpetrator of her crimes. However, her characters tend to be two-dimensional and hard to distinguish.

Lack of characterisation doesn't matter in a plot-based book where there are only a few people. But in this one, there are more individuals than I could remember... and I did figure out who was the guilty party about half-way through the book. I haven't read a Christie for quite some time, so was surprised to get it right.

OK for a light read if you're a fan of this genre, but I wouldn't particularly recommend it. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
The plotting isn't vintage--the cluing just isn't up to scratch--but it's one of the rare village Poirots, and like A Murder is Announced it offers a fascinating (and often funny) portrait of postwar English village life. Ariadne Oliver is on hand, too, as good as ever. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
An interesting whodunit which kept me guessing right until the end. ( )
  cazfrancis | Nov 12, 2015 |
Another car trip called for another Agatha Christie audiobook. This time Hercule Poirot has a lot of suspects for the murder of a charwoman. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead was the perfect book to make the miles fly by.

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead is classic Poirot. The fussy and fastidious little detective is endearing as he suffers in a small English village in the hopes of uncovering whodunit. My husband, son and I had a good time trying to figure out the villain, but in true Christie fashion, the actual solution was a bit obscured. We never would have figured it out on our own. And while I like to think that my powers of detection are sharp from the many hours of mystery reading, this particular mystery was just too hard.

The audio version was very entertaining. Hugh Fraser does a great job of bringing Christie’s characters to life. His timing is impeccable too — we enjoyed a a great many laughs with this novel.

If you are looking for an entertaining and challenging mystery, then consider Mrs. McGinty’s Dead.


Audience: late teens to adults. ( )
  vintagebeckie | Jun 19, 2015 |
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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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