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Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Hercule Poirot #28)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  9,710 ratings  ·  332 reviews
In this classic Hercule Poirot mystery from the Queen of Crime, a kindly widow is bludgeoned to death. Is her lodger guilty? Or is he being framed? Either way, the condemned man's time is running out.

"The plot is perfect and the characters are wonderful." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Well, it's no wonder. The plot--suspicion for an elderly woman's murder falls on her mysterio
Paperback, 238 pages
Published 1975 by Pocket Books (first published 1952)
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Alas, Mrs. McGinty; we hardly knew you.

Really. I mean that. She was a widow, a woman who cleaned houses and took in lodgers to make ends meet; had a niece whom she saw at holidays, and was perhaps a bit of a nosy parker; nothing extraordinary to fill the obituary. When Inspector Spence visits the retired Poirot, he shares his troubling concern that the man he arrested for murdering Mrs. McGinty, and who is now facing the death penalty, is not truly guilty. Yes, yes; the circumstantial evidence w
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
Beckie Burnham
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
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.
Larry Hostetler
Enjoyed this Hercule Poirot mystery more than others I've read. I found Poirot to be more engaging and interesting.

The presentation of and widening of the field of suspects became a little distracting; by the climax it seemed as if there were few characters who could not have been the murderer. Perhaps that was part of the plan, since the solution was nonetheless a surprise.

A good read, but not five stars because it was not different enough from the Agatha Christie norm.

I recommend it as good e
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
I picked up a nice old edition of this book (under its alternate title, Blood Will Tell) and tore through it! This was a really engaging narrative. I think this is my last Hercule Poirot to read for the first time, and I loved it. The clues are tricky but laid out believably. She doesn't pull stuff out of thin air for this one, and I appreciated it a lot.

One of my favorite recent Christie reads!
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
Pankaj Goyal
‘Mrs. McGinty’s Dead’ by Agatha Christie is a typical murder mystery set in the English countryside. The book has all the components that you generally find in Christie’s mysteries. You will find an intriguing murder with a number of suspects. There are twists and turns. There is your favorite Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot to solve the case. The needle of suspicions will move from one character to another, and finally the main culprit will be revealed. However, this mystery will not leave you du ...more
Steluta Stela
Obisnuita sa citesc autori clasici al caror stil literar este incarcat de descrieri detaliate si in romanele carora actiunea se petrece lent prin conexiuni psihologice directe sau introduse subtil de autori, am gasit stilul Agathei Christie ,numita si “Regina Crimei”,unul reconfortant, efervescent si deosebit de antrenant.

In romanul “Mrs McGinty’s Dead”-“Doamna McGinty a murit”, publicat prima oara in anul 1952, actiunea are loc intr-un orasel englez din Broadhinny, Anglia si debuteaza cu person

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

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
Mary Ann
An elderly woman has been murdered, seemingly by her down-on-his-luck boarder for the few pounds she had hidden in her room. It's an open-and-shut case...or is it? Hercule Poirot, initially uninterested in such an ordinary case, changes his mind after Superintendent Spence (last seen in Taken At The Flood asks him to take a closer look at the facts.

Mrs. McGinty's Dead is a rollicking read, and as usual for Christie, will keep you guessing as to the murderer's identity until the end. Also, the bo
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
Feb 22, 2015 TabbyCat rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: mystery
Oh Agatha Christie. You did it again. You have created another beautiful work of art - magic in the form of a book. This mystery novel was just another of your great accomplishments. I visited my grandfather's house, going through his massive library, when I found this. Could it be? An Agatha Christie book I haven't read? Well, there's only one way to fix that. I loved this book just as much as the others. It was an absolutely stellar story of mystery, murder, and secrets. There isn't much more ...more
Silvia Torelli
Dopo tanti gialli moderni, ipertecnologici e pieni di serial killer sadici e mostri vari, rileggere un caro, vecchio classico di Agatha Christie e' un piacere.
Gialli la cui soluzione arriva solo grazie al macinìo delle cellulette grige del grandissimo Hercule Poirot, che con la sua affabile calma ed il suo adorabile intercalare in francese (che poi sarebbe belga, ma fa lo stesso...) arriva senza scampo a scoprire il palazzo di menzogne costruite intorno all'omicidio di una povera vecchia domesti
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
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