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Mrs. McGinty's Dead

(Hercule Poirot #30)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  19,639 ratings  ·  940 reviews
‘Mrs McGinty’s dead!’ ‘How did she die?’ ‘Down on one knee, just like I!’ The old children’s game now seemed rather tasteless. The real Mrs McGinty was killed by a crushing blow to the back of the head and her pitifully small savings were stolen. Suspicion falls immediately on her lodger, hard up and out of a job. Hercule Poirot has other ideas – unaware that his own life ...more
Audio CD, 244 pages
Published April 12th 2007 by AudioGO (first published 1951)
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May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
One last Aggie review this week... (That's a blatant lie, there will be more and we all know it.)

Mrs. McGinty is dead and on the surface it is an open and shut case. Her boarder is accused, convicted and sentenced swiftly. Superintendent Spence however, is a man of integrity and something is niggling at him. He asks Poirot to come into the case and poke around so that Spence can be sure that the right man is in jail.

Spoiler: Nope!

This wasn't my favorite Agatha Christie book but her "average" boo
Poirot triumphs as ever. More tomorrow 😊

Another really enjoyable Poirot adventure. Poirot is called in to a case by an old friend, Superintendent Spence that has already come to a conclusion, a man has been tried and sentenced to death for the murder he committed. So what can Pappa Poirot do ? Superintendent Spence who was the SIO on the case is now convinced he made a mistake in convicting James Bentley of the murder of Mrs McGinty.

Poirot ends up staying with Mrs Summerhayes at Long Meadows whi
Poirot was bored and had nothing to do. Luckily for him his friend Superintendent Spence came to him for a consultation. He recently finished the investigation of seemingly simple murder case where somebody crushed a skull of an old lady. All the clues pointed to her tenant who was arrested, found guilty in the court and was awaiting his execution.

Everything was fine except that Superintendent Spence was a good honest cop. His sixth sense
Sixth sense
as well as lifelong experience of dealing with criminals
Feb 24, 2015 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Hercule Poirot #30), Agatha Christie
Mrs. McGinty's Dead is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in February 1952 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 3 March the same year. An old woman apparently struck dead by her lodger for thirty pounds that she kept under a floorboard. When, however, he is asked by the investigating officer to take another look at the case to stop an innocent man going to the gallows, h
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine Christie mystery that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.
The fact that this is the 30th Poirot book seems to be noticed as the Belgium detective reminisces of his time with Hastings while a returing character adds much fun to the second half of the novel.

Yet again Christie spings an interesting hook as Poirot is informed by Superintendent Spence of his suspicions that convicted James Bentley might not be the real culprit of Mrs Mcgintys death, with days before his executio
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
‘I should, perhaps, madame, tell you a little more about myself. I am Hercule Poirot.’
The revelation left Mrs Summerhayes unmoved.
‘What a lovely name,’ she said kindly. ‘Greek, isn’t it?’

Now this is a Poirot novel that strays from the script a bit. It's fascinating but there seem to be three parts to this novel and the crime/mystery part is the weakest one. Yet, I really liked the book because first and foremost, Christie made me laugh out loud quite a few times.

Eh bien, let's start with the w
samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
As always, Christie comes through with a great mystery with the mind of Poirot. Excellent reading
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I read this book in my mother language (Portuguese). I was loving the story but for me the ending was unconvincing and implausible.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fussy. Fastidious. Vain. Brilliant. Poirot's back, but is a little bored, and spends his time carefully considering his meals. And then Superintendent Spence discusses a case with Poirot of a man who was convicted for bashing his landlady on the head. Spence isn't comfortable with the verdict, and gets Poirot to revisit the case for him. Poirot goes to the town of the murder and must stay in a dreadful bed & breakfast, while interviewing the neighbours and generally getting people agitated about ...more
Nandakishore Varma
"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
David Schaafsma
Mrs. McGinty's dead. How did she die?
Sticking her neck out, just like I."

“Had Mrs. McGinty a drab life?” (Poirot)

“Ghastly, I expect,” said Mrs. Summerhayes vaguely. “Always on your knees scrubbing. And then piles of other people’s washing-up waiting for you on the sink when you arrive in the morning. If I had to face that every day, I’d be positively relieved to be murdered. I really would.”

After 2-3 books of literary pretension (Hercules Poirot as Hercules, on a quest for detective greatness!)
Simona B
“ The truth is I’m not very good with people.”
“I adore people, don’t you?” said Robin happily.
“No,” said Mrs. Oliver firmly.”

Mrs. McGinty's Dead is, as far as I can tell, a unique product of Christie's prolific mind. To begin with, it's unusually funny and ironic, far more (good-naturedly) mocking toward the Adorable Egg-Head than I would have expected from the book that initiates the final phase of his career. Secondly, in a few occasions it offers delicious examples of meta-talk between Christ
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read to start the year. Once more we are faced with a puzzling murder. Was the man arrested and charged the murderer, or was he framed? The latter of course, which brings our favourite mustachioned Belgian detective to the scene. As you expect, Agatha offers us plenty of red herrings...

However, the reason I enjoyed this novel was for the whole comic angle the author added. Our poor Poirot has to suffer by staying in accommodations that are less than suitable, with nothing that co
Joseph Sciuto
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Agatha Christie, and it's wonderful like always. Great story, beautifully written, with superb characters and the irresistible and quirky Hercule Poirot. Such a joy.
After the disappointment that I met with the earlier two reads of this series, I was a little apprehensive of this read. But I'm glad to have continued with the series, for I found this one to be pretty interesting. It is not the best of mysteries, certainly not a good one by Agatha Christie. Nevertheless, it was an interesting read.

The story is full of Poirot. Perhaps that is the reason why this installment was interesting to me. His queer manner, the uncompromising ego was not shown better be
Sumit RK
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. ...more
Christine PNW
This was only my second time reading this book - the first time I read it, I remember being extremely underwhelmed. Like other Christie's, this one improved the second time I read it. This makes me wonder if rereading Passenger to Frankfurt will somehow turn it into The ABC Murders (kidding, kidding). I attribute this to the fact that I'm less concerned with Christie's high-wire mystery act, and rather I allow myself to be absorbed into her world.

Mrs. McGinty's dead has several wonderful side ch
Oct 22, 2015 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
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean the title kind of gives it away: Mrs. McGinty's Dead. Dead as a door nail. She was a rather boring woman who lead a boring life in a seemingly boring town. There was literally nothing that made her special, she was just a charwoman with no close family and few friends. And yet her murder just didn't seem to add up to Superindendent Spence who, finding his old friend Hercule Poirot otherwise unengaged, enlists his help to figure out just what happened and why. and the stakes are high, her ...more
Laurel Young
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Vikas Singh
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
Hercule Poiroit at his best. A gripping story that leaves you in amazed at how skillfully the ace detective with little luck to support manages to solve the crime. Agatha Christie paints a rich tapestry of a small English village with its distinct population. Slowly and slowly she builds each character and as a reader you feel satiated that the author could fulfill your desire to know the real characters. That a crime could be solved after so many years tells a lot about the author's ability to ...more
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
I actually rate this one as one of Agatha Christie's best Poirot. Just superb!
Cathy Ryan
I couldn’t resist this when it came up on Audible. One of my favourite Agatha Christie stories, despite the lack of Captain Hastings, but compensated by a superb narration and comic timing from Hugh Fraser. There’s chances of a few more finding their way into my Audible library.

Mrs McGinty is dead. The question is by whose hand. Who would want to harm the local charwoman who, although she kept herself to herself, was somewhat of a busy body. Superintendent Spence is concerned the man now fac
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2019
Where are they now?

When old Mrs McGinty is brutally killed in her own parlour, suspicion quickly falls on her lodger, the rather unprepossessing James Bentley. All the evidence points in his direction, and he is duly charged, tried and convicted. But somehow it doesn’t feel right to Superintendent Spence. He’s met many murderers in his long career and Bentley doesn’t seem to him to fit the profile. With the police case closed, he takes his concerns to his old friend Hercule Poirot, asking him to
I'm pretty sure that except for the spy stories I read all Agatha Christie's novels at least twice, but I couldn't remember anything about this one apart from 'Mrs McGinty's Dead'.

It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it up to the dénouement, which I thought was rather silly and a disappointment. 2.5 stars.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Such an engaging story with soo many suspicious characters and soo many options for the motive of the murder.
Bshayer Alkuwari
Dear Hercule Poirot.. you are amazing!
Susan in NC
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, read with the reading the Detectives group - I either missed it years ago, or didn’t remember it.

Superintendent Spence asks Poirot to look into a murder case - a man has already been tried and convicted and is awaiting his death sentence, but Spence just doesn’t think he did it. Poirot agrees to take on the case, and heads to the village where it occurred; the only lodging available is a ramshackle old home owned by a friendly military couple who’ve returned from India. Th
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