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Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Ariadne Oliver #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  8,643 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Well, it's no wonder. The plot-suspicion for an elderly woman's murder falls on her mysterious lodger-is from Agatha Christie. The wonderful character happens to be the world's most famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot.
ebook, 272 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1951)
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Marco Tamborrino
Come un libro ti possa tenere incollato fino all'ultimissima pagina.

Agatha Christie era un genio. Un genio della trama. È capace di creare dal nulla, ma veramente dal nulla, un meccanismo che ti porta all'esasperazione, all'incredulità. Vorresti sapere chi è l'assassino, vorresti capirlo anche tu, insieme a Poirot, chi è questo benedetto assassino. Ma spesso gli indizi sono comprensibili solo all'autore stesso, il lettore non può far altro che seguire, sconcertato, il succedersi degli eventi, ch
Laurel Young
This is really a *fun* mystery--I don't normally think of Dame Agatha as funny, but she is quite capable of delightfully dry British humor, and by the time she wrote this novel (in the 1950s) she was well into her long career and comfortable/confident enough to play with a lighter tone when she felt like it. I don't mean that poor Mrs. McGinty's death is treated lightly; it isn't. In fact, few of Dame Agatha's novels feature working-class protagonists, and so I was struck by her sympathetic port ...more
mark monday
Choose Your Own Adventure!

You are Mrs. McGinty.

If you are not Mrs. McGinty, choose

If you are not Mrs. McGinty, and you killed Mrs. McGinty, choose
I definitely LOVED Mrs. McGinty's Dead. I really, really, really LOVED the surprise appearance of Ariadne Oliver. But, of course, the main star of this one is Hercule Poirot. The novel starts off rather unpleasantly with Poirot thinking to himself how wonderful he is, how marvelous he is, and how much he needs someone to talk to so he can show off how wonderful he is. So when he receives an unexpected visit from Superintendent Spence who is asking him to take on a closed case, well, he can't res ...more
Old Aggie didn't take herself too seriously here, went easy on the racism, and made a totally innocuous gay joke. Basically knocked one out of her own park, as it were. I do get tired of these nursery rhyme/rhyming game themes, though; they become tedious after the first repetition and every one thereafter increases my irritation with them exponentially.
Maria João Fernandes
"Psicologia, é o que é...unicamente psicologia."

Mrs. McGinty é mais uma das inúmeras vítimas mortais de Agatha Christie.

Hercule Poirot, o famoso detetive belga, conhecido tanto pelo seu sucesso profissional como pelo seu bigode, é chamado para auxiliar num caso de homicídio, cujo culpado já foi julgado e condenado à pena de morte. Spence, um agente da polícia determinado a lutar pela justiça, pensa que as provas que reuniu levou os agentes da lei a prender um homem inocente e é aqui que a ajuda
Kirsty Darbyshire
Not as intriguing as many of Christie's books: I'd never heard of the title before I stumbled upon it going cheap in a second hand bookshop and it's not nearly as good as some of her other work. That doesn't mean that it's a bad book though just that it seems decidedly run of the mill when compared to some of her more original mystery plots. The reader is led astray as usual and suspects nearly everyone but the eventual unmasked murderer of killing the Scottish charlady of the title. When the mu ...more
Jun 24, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Poirot adaptation
* * * 1/2

About what I expect of an Agatha Christie story -- a closed circle of suspects, Poirot being his usual self-assured self, the police not having many leads to go on, and everything being pulled together very deftly and correctly at the end. This final twist was particularly clever, and that is why there is an extra half-star on my rating.

Some very colourful characters in this one, particularly Mrs. Summerhayes, whose cluttered house makes my rather untidy apartment seem like the home of
Diana Cahill
Classic excellent Agatha Christie, complete with a surprise appearance of the irrepressible Ariadne Oliver.


Exclaiming, “Why, it’s M. Poirot,” the authoress attempted to extract herself from the car. It was a small car and Mrs. Oliver was a large woman. Poirot hastened to assist.
Murmuring in an explanatory voice, “Stiff after the long drive,” Mrs. Oliver suddenly arrived out on the road, rather in the manner of a volcanic eruption. P94

“I adore people, don’t you?” said Robin happily.
Mrs. McGinty's Dead is a classic Agatha Christie with Hercule Poirot at his very best. The story begins with Hercule lamenting his days of leisure, grooming his ever perfect mustache and trying to muster some pleasure in reading the local paper. The story of Mrs. McGinty, a cleaning lady who kept a lodger who apparently murdered her goes unnoticed until the case is brought to Hercule's attention by Superintendent Spence. The murderer has been arrested according to the police, but Spence has doub ...more
One of the most intricate and elaborate plots I’ve ever read, but quite enjoyable . While reading this book, I'm positive most people will feel baffled at times by the names of the characters and the places, in addition to the subplots within the main plot.

Christie tactfully succeeded in misleading the reader with a lot of false clues and red herrings, with keeping the story as belivable as possible.
If you are a fan of Poirot, you'll recognize an amusing humor in his character here, which I adm
Poor old Mrs. McGinty is found dead and her boarder is found guilty of her murder. The police aren’t so sure he is really guilty and ask Hercule Poirot to help investigate this incident a little further.

I found this book slow to start, but once all the characters were introduced (and there was a nice little cheat sheet in the front of the book) it got interesting to see how this diverse group of town folk interacted. The story is a classic whodunit detective mystery with some dark family secrets
Agatha Christie has always been one of my favorites, and Mrs. McGinty's Dead does not disappoint. I actually picked up more humor in this mystery than I have usually found in Christie, but perhaps that is just that I haven't been looking before. Whatever the case, Hercule Poirot is as dapper and unflappable as ever, and Ariadne Oliver is a nice glimpse into Christie's own mind. I did find the parade of suspects to be just too similar to one another, but was still able to follow along well enough ...more
Poirot è chiamato da un poliziotto a indagare su un caso di qualche mese prima: un giovane è stato condannato a morte per aver ucciso la sua padrona di casa. Ma il poliziotto non crede sia stato lui, così l'investigatore belga indaga per dipanare il mistero...

Carino, ma non leggete prima la prefazione, altrimenti vi rovina il divertimento!!! Dvertente quando Ariadne Oliver, scrittrice di gialli, parla del suo personaggio... sembra la confessione di amore-odio di Agatha verso Poirot!

* Era ed è se
Michael A
Nothing new here. It's a typical Christie puzzle set in the English countryside. It has actors playing roles, a closed set of suspects each with different agendas, and twists and red herrings to keep the reader busy. It has Poirot doing his thing and so on and so forth.

So I'll comment on something I found more interesting instead -- this is the use of meta-fictional writing in this novel, one of the first where she expressly does so. It's a bit blunt in how it is handled, actually. Notice the pa
Matteo Pellegrini

Un caso veramente semplice quello dell'omicidio della signora McGinty, uno di quelli che non attirano nemmeno l'attenzione. La vittima non è una persona importante ma un'anziana domestica rapinata e assassinata, con un colpo alla testa, in un tranquillo paesino di campagna. Inoltre, nel giro di pochi giorni, la polizia recupera la misera refurtiva e incrimina il presunto assassino, un nervoso giovanotto che viveva come pensionante a casa della vittima. Eppure, malgrado il processo e la condanna

How do you review Agatha Christie? Or Hercule Poirot? You know he's always gonna use his little gray cells to get the bad guy!

A couple of things I liked about this one-

Poirot fondly reminisces about Hastings, and his simple innocence.

And Poirot primping his moustaches and musing "Alas, that one can only eat three times a day"
Die Handlung spielt - wie so oft - in einem kleinen englischen Dorf, wo jeder jeden zu kennen glaubt, während doch jedes Haus seine Geheimnisse in sich birgt. Sicher sind sich jedoch alle, wer der Mörder von der Putzfrau Mrs. McGinty gewesen ist. Ausgenommen Kommissar Spence, der seinen alten Freund, Meisterdetektiv Hercule Poirot, um Nachforschungen bittet.
Es ist ein typischer Christie-Krimi mit endlos vielen Verdächtigen und Verstrickungen, die in diesem Fall aber nicht so klar und spannend er
✿ Deni
As I was starting to feel that I was never going to enjoy any Christie's books again, along came Mrs. McGinty's Dead and brought with it intrigue, humor and Mrs. Oliver.

Poirot is called to assist Superintendent Spence in solving a case for which they already have found the murderer, or so it seems. Poor Poirot has to endure living in a house that is falling to pieces with the Summerhayes, a couple who knows nothing of how to run a house which provides bits of hummer that I have never appreciated
Oswaldo Moreno
Mrs.McGinty's dead is about an old lady who is killed by her lodger. Or so they thought. The detective Hercule Poirot thinks the person in custody was framed, so he goes on a quest to find the real perpetrator. Something I felt was bad about the plot was that the reason for thinking the person was framed was without any reason other than instinct. That was the only plot hole. Other than that the story was very entertaining. It was fun seeing the detective put all the clues together, and everythi ...more
Carey Combe
Feb 03, 2012 Carey Combe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carey by: Laura - thank you
I loved that nearly everyone had one secret or another to hide. One of my favourites actually.
An unusual "village mystery" for Poirot, who more commonly circulates among the wealthy and influential, at the behest of Christie's recurring minor character Superintendent Spence.

The mystery here is well done, but the best part of the story is the "trials" of Poirot in experiencing village life at a (ahem), less than comfortable guest house. The characters in this installment are slightly more developed and interesting than in some others, especially Maureen Summerhayes, Poirot's host, who pro
Os contos de Agatha Christie são sempre muito instigantes. Este livro tem uma linha interessante - um assassinato, todas as evidências apontando a apenas um suspeito, porém Hercule Poirot e o superintendente Spence desconfiam que ele não seja o autor do assassinato.
A história é boa, engraçada e o final é surpreendente. No entanto, até pelo menos metade do livro, poucas evidências são encontradas e Poirot cria suas suspeitas com base em suposições, mais do que em fatos concretos. É diferente dos
Good mystery.
L’anziana signora McGinty è stata assassinata e il colpevole è stato arrestato. E’ James Bentley, un giovane chiuso e introverso che viveva come pensionante a casa della vittima.
Il caso è semplicissimo perchè il colpevole ha lasciato le sue impronte sull’arma del delitto, e la giuria lo ha condannato a morte.
Ma nonostante le prove a suo carico, per il sovrintendente Spence (che ha condotto personalmente le indagini) è tutto troppo semplice, per questo chi
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 untrustworth
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Question 1: There are lots of character in this story. The characters are the people of the houses which Mrs. McGinty often worked in the village. Most of them are women and rich. One of these people are Mr. and Mrs. Carpenters, especially Mrs. Carpenter is a so rude woman and she likes to brag herself. Moreover she said that Mrs. McGinty was only a stupid old charwoman because she kept her money under the floor and somebody robbed and murdered her for it. This kind of words for a death
This was a very good audio book, again read by Hugh Fraser. He does all the different voices so very well. The story involves a rather dull man being accused of murdering his landlady. After his conviction, the police detective comes to Hercule Poirot to ask him to investigate as he now has doubts. Poirot is very old and his life revolves around planning his next meal, and he is glad for something to do. He goes to the small village where the only boarding house is run by a very disorganized wom ...more
Superintendent Spence has just popped round to Poirot’s apartment. He wishes to consult with Poirot on a matter – a matter of murder. Poirot is only too pleased to help.

See, there’s been a murder down in Broadhinny – a charwoman it was, knocked on the head by her lodger and her money stolen. Or at least, that’s what Spence thought when he first reviewed the case. But now, he’s not so sure…

Bentley, the lodger, just doesn’t seem the right type. All the evidence points to him, it is true, but he do
In which the seemingly random death of an old woman may hide a darker motive…

"Mrs. McGinty’s Dead" hangs on the cusp of an era, really: the end of the Poirot-who-just-wishes-to-retire age (most notably featured in "The Labours of Hercules"), and the beginning of the rueful-retired-Poirot period. Sensibly, then, it also features the crime novelist Ariadne Oliver, the perfect complement to Poirot’s fastidiousness, as well as Superintendent Spence, who debuted in "Taken at the Flood". (Rather neatl
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“For somewhere," said Poirot to himself, indulging in an absolute riot of mixed metaphors, "there is in the hay a needle, and among the sleeping dogs there is one on whom I shall put my foot, and by shooting the arrows into the air, one will come down and hit a glass house!” 7 likes
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