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

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  11,768 Ratings  ·  429 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 February 1952)
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Mar 09, 2015 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, should-buy

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
Nandakishore Varma
May 28, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"Mrs. McGinty's dead. How did she die?
Sticking her neck out, just like I."

Dame Agatha's penchant to use children's rhymes as an underlying theme for mysteries, enhancing the creepy aspect of many of them, coming to the fore once again. (Really, I hope someone would do a monograph on this quirky aspect of her novels one day.)

Mrs. McGinty was a charwoman - at the beginning of the story, she is dead, bludgeoned to death apparently by her lodger who has been convicted of the crime. But Superintenden
An interesting plot, enough suspects to keep you guessing till the end & a satisfying end (with a usual twist) to tie all ends up. Overall a enjoyable murder mystery that keeps you engaged till the end.
Marco Tamborrino
May 31, 2013 Marco Tamborrino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2010 Laurel Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 22, 2015 Obsidian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book went on forever. Past the point of anything making sense with so many things thrown at the reader I was past the point of keeping straight anything that was happening. It was a relief when the end came just because I was heartily sick of reading this book at that point. The only saving grace I really found was that we had Poirot in this book from beginning to end and not just his usually "spotlight" appearances in the book.

We begin with Hercule Poirot being visited by Superintendent Sp
Jan 09, 2016 Poonam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an engaging story with soo many suspicious characters and soo many options for the motive of the murder.
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
Jun 03, 2016 Litzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
él primer libro que leo de Agatha Christie. y la verdad me esta gustando como escribe.

Un libro magnifico, no he descubierto quien era el asesino hasta que lo ha dicho Poirot.
Julie Davis
Feb 11, 2016 Julie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I really don't recall this one, except that it has Mrs. Oliver and that wonderful dotty landlady from whom Hercule Poirot must rent a room while investigating Mrs. McGinty's murder. Am listening to Hugh Fraser's narration which is delightful.

FINAL: in the end it was another of Christie's classic mysteries where the misdirection is in clear sight. I recalled the big turning point but was still guessing at the end.
Jun 01, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Faizah Aulia R
Jul 10, 2016 Faizah Aulia R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
3.5 out of 5
kuterkecoh lagi, aaaakkk.
awal baca agak bosen dan pusing karena tokohnya banyaak bgt dan nambah terus sampe mendekati penyelesaian, tapi mendekati akhir gabisa berenti
Beckie Burnham
Jun 19, 2015 Beckie Burnham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Eagle
Mar 19, 2016 Sarah Eagle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through no fault of the author, I have downgraded my rating of this book from a five to a four for sheer inability to keep most of the characters straight. If any fault could be given, it's that I didn't feel that most of the characters were distinctive enough, and in a mystery novel where Poirot is going back and forth between them through a complex web of inquiry - not to mention the fact that several MAY be going by false names, and adding to the mix those added identities! - it was dizzying. ...more
Kimberly Ann
Feb 29, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

A man is about ti be hanged for the murder of his landlady, Mrs McGinty... however, Superintendent Spence (who built the case & got the man convicted) has major doubts and calls M. Poirot in to re-investigate the case.

The supposed motive of the murder seemed to be robbery, but the money was found dumped near the house.

As it turns out, M. Poirot finds that Mrs McGinty had been reading the Sunday paper and there had been an article about 4 women who were murderesses and she had recognized one
Aug 06, 2010 Meave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 11, 2016 Marlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for those who are fans of Agatha Christie and especially those who like her Hercule Poirot books. I always love how he makes his discoveries. There is humour in the book as well. I listened to the audio edition of this book and the reader was excellent.
May 09, 2016 Elly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Случвало ли ви се е дадена книга да ви обърка до такава степен, че да искате да я хвърлите през прозореца, но въпреки това да продължавате да четете, за да намерите отговор на милионите въпроси, които изникват с всяка страница?

Ей това ви чака и тук.
Marts  (Thinker)
Apr 05, 2016 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2016-reads
A murdered widow's lodger has been accused of her death but a myriad of other folks are involved in some way with this unfortunate state of affairs... Poirot steps in to clear things up...
Ahmad Sharabiani
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Hercule Poirot, #28), Agatha Christie
عنوان: مرگ خانم مگینتی؛ نویسنده: آگاتا کریستی؛ مترجم: مجتبی عبداللّه نژاد؛ تهران؛ هرمس ، دی 1388؛ شابک: 9789643636326؛

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 20, 2007 علی rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
در دوره ی نوجوانی ما، خواندن آثار پلیسی و جنایی بسیار رایج بود. تمام زنگ تفریح های مدرسه به بحث در مورد آخرین آثار پلیسی چاپ شده می گذشت. "مایک هامر"، "جانی دالر"، کاریل چسمان، و...البته آگاتا کریستی. تقریبن تمامی آثار آگاتا کریستی در آن سال ها توسط مترجمین حرفه ای و غیر حرفه ای به فارسی ترجمه می شد، و در کتاب های کیلویی گوتمبرگ (کیلویی ده تومان) به فروش می رسید. در سینماها هم فیلم های هالیوودی از آثار آگاتا کریستی کم نبودند. همه ی ما مشتری داستان های شب رادیو بودیم که اغلب سری داستان های پلیسی ...more
Gillian Kevern
This was a re-read! I remembered the basic premise, and as soon as the murderer appeared, that they were the murderer, but I couldn't remember why, so I still got a lot of enjoyment out of watching the story unfold. I remember appreciating this for the fact that the victim was not a member of the middle-class, but a charwoman--there is a lot of classism in detective fiction of the era, and although this ended up as a middle-class crime, I liked Poirot's sympathy for the victim.

Jun 24, 2009 rabbitprincess rated it liked it  ·  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
May 11, 2013 Diana Cahill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Domingos Novela
May 13, 2016 Domingos Novela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Começo a ficar fã da Senhorita Agatha.
É melhor que ver um filme de suspense. Começamos a analisar com carácter de desconfiança todas as personagens. Desta vez a Sra. Agatha realmente passou-me a perna como deve ser. Começo a perceber um bocado as obras dela. Da próxima não me enganas mais, hehe.
Livro divertido, "colante", cativante, impecável.
Apanhei em versão audio-dramatizada, o que deu um outro toque de magia.
Larry Hostetler
Mar 07, 2015 Larry Hostetler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Apr 06, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Now that my mother has a Kindle, she's been clearing out a lot of her books and has donated a whole huge batch of Agatha Christie novels to me. How very delicious! (Although it does seem wrong to me that my mother has advanced ahead of me technology wise. Hmm. At least her phone is still rubbish.)

I have at least thirty of these books to read but this was the first, chosen entirely at random. Just put my hand in the bag and see which one I drew out - oh, I know how to live life on the edge! It wa
Jul 07, 2011 PenNPaper52 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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!” 12 likes
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