Mrs.McGinty's Dead Paperback
Part of the Poirot series
An old widow is brutally killed in the parlour of her cottage...Mrs McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head.
Suspicion fell immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes revealed traces of the victim's blood and hair.
Yet something was amiss: Bentley just didn't look like a murderer.
Poirot believed he could save the man from the gallows - what he didn't realise was that his own life was now in great danger...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/07/2002
- Category: Classic crime
- ISBN: 9780007121007
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Review by bolgai
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.
Review by weikelm
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...
Review by RubyScarlett
Very good and all tied up nicely. Ariadne makes a wonderful appearance here and Christie's humour really comes through. Lots of characters to keep up with but I did like the references to old murder cases since it's also happening today (Anne Perry being a prime example of someone who changed lives after being convincted for murder).