Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Hercule Poirot Series)

Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Hercule Poirot Series)

by Agatha Christie


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In Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, one of Agatha Christie’s most ingenious mysteries, the intrepid Hercule Poirot must look into the case of a brutally murdered landlady.

Mrs. McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head. Suspicion falls immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes reveal traces of the victim’s blood and hair. Yet something is amiss: Bentley just doesn’t seem like a murderer.

Could the answer lie in an article clipped from a newspaper two days before the death? With a desperate killer still free, Hercule Poirot will have to stay alive long enough to find out. . . .


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062074089
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Hercule Poirot Series , #28
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 74,229
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England


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Mrs. Mcginty's Dead 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Benedick_101 More than 1 year ago
As a gigantic Agatha Christie fan (this was my 29th Christie), I naturally entered into "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" with high expectations. These expectations were greatly satisfied. This is one of her novels that focuses on a particular village rather than one particular househole (much like "The A.B.C. Murders"), and she does a remarkable jod of portraying rural English life. The book contains eveything that all of her really good stories do:a murder(naturally!), a village crawling with suspects, several clues, several red herrings, and an intense feeling of mystique. I recommend "Mrs. McGinty's Dead" to any of Mrs. Christie-Mallowan's many fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. This was a real page turner I couldn't put it down. It was a real mystery I just couldn't wait for Poirot to let me in on 'whodunnit'. If you like other Christie books you will love this and if you like the Poirot character this is definitely a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of intrigue and plausible red herrings keep readers hooked.
Becky-Books More than 1 year ago
One of Ms. Christie's better books. I find the Hercule Poirot books to be better than the Miss Marple ones, but that may be personal opion. This book kept me intrigued, I tried to guess "who did it" and did not want to put it down until it was finished. A cute and delightful book (if that can be said about a murder!). If you like Christie or mysteries, read this one.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Enjoyed it
mstrust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When an elderly and poor cleaning lady is murdered her lodger is tried and sentenced to death quickly. But something just doesn't seem right to Superintendent Spence, so he asks for M. Poirot's help. Poirot sees no reason to question the guilty verdict at first-until his interest is piqued by a bottle of ink.This is a good one. I managed to figure out the murderer but got the motives wrong. Great characters.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superintendent Spence is retiring, and he is justly proud of his record. He has never hung an innocent man - until now. Although the evidence seems solid enough and there are no other suspects, Spence just can't convince himself that meek James Bentley murdered his landlady. But he is called off on another case, so he turns to an old friend - Hercule Poirot.Poirot is more than willing to look into the murder. He is not finding retirement as congenial as he thought he would and he is convinced by the case Spence makes. But time is against him and he must rush to get to the bottom of this murder.Fortunately, Ariadne Oliver is also on the scene, and she unearths several helpful clues for Poirot. The case is soon wrapped up in the fate of four women, each involved in a murder committed many years ago. Mrs. McGinty knew something about one of those cases. But which one?I enjoyed this story. Mrs. Oliver is always a fun character. But it's Poirot I want to read about, and this book was a solid example of the great detective at work.
lecari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Poirot book I have read, although it is the twenty-eighth of the series (out of thirty-nine). I have always been a fan of the TV series, so when Christmas came around my parents naturally bought me two of the books. This one has Poirot going to see his friend Superintendent Spence, who has just had a man convicted for murder based on his evidence, and he will be hanged. However, he feels unhappy with the verdict, because although all the evidence points directly to him, he doesn¿t feel he is the right `type¿ to kill, so asks Poirot to take a look at the case and see if he can either find the real culprit or put his mind at ease.It¿s a lot shorter than I was expecting, but it was definitely a good read. The twists in the story kept me interested the whole way through; it was a pleasure to read and hard to put down. And Poirot himself is absolutely charming, I found him very likeable. All the characters were very believable. It also has some great humorous comments (not laugh out loud funny, but enough to make me chuckle or smile to myself) so it¿s not all doom and gloom. Definitely enjoyable, but more of a light, short read (in my opinion).The only downside I had about this book was that I didn¿t know men could be called `Evelyn¿ and women `Craig¿ ¿ both seem pretty gender-specific names to me. Maybe I¿m just being petty but it did bother me a bit (though it may be just a matter of time-difference, since Poirot is obviously not set in the modern day).
bolgai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An elderly woman is found murdered in her home. Her lodger, an unpleasant young man, if convicted of the crime, but the police officer in charge of the investigation believes he is innocent and recruits Ercule Poirot to investigate. Agatha Christie always surprises me when it comes to the identity of the criminal and this time is no exception, which is why I come back to her works again and again. I suspected everyone but the real villain and while many of the characters I pegged as untrustworthy were in fact hiding something (some even concealing secrets related to the case) none of them turned out to be guilty. I particularly enjoyed the characters in this story - the apple-eating authoress, the disheveled hostess, the clingy mother who isn't as weak as she'd like everyone to believe, a publicity-conscious politician, an impoverished nobleman turned farmer, a wealthy heiress who acts like she's the maid... Even if you can't be bothered to keep all the names straight you will know exactly who's who. One of the themes of this novel is revealed in the alternative title - Blood Will Tell. The notion that character traits are hereditary comes up in conversation and the murder, when discovered, exclaims "I can't help it! It's in my blood!". While there is a reason the saying "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" exists I don't subscribe to the idea that one's predecessors' flaws as well as their strengths are irrevocably a part of one's character and feel that Christie didn't either.
weikelm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Christie stories. I loved the trick of the newpaper photos. The only downcheck was the weak motive, which seemed to bother Christie a little as well...
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