Mrs. McGinty's Dead Paperback – Aug 1 2002
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'So simple, so economical, so completely baffling. Every clue scrupulously given, with superb sleight of hand.' Sunday Times 'The plot is perfect and the characters are wonderful.' San Francisco Chronicle 'The best Poirot since such pre-war classics as Cards on the Table.' New York Times
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Mrs. McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head. Suspicion falls immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes reveal traces of the victim’s blood and hair. Yet something is amiss: Bentley just doesn’t seem like a murderer.
Could the answer lie in an article clipped from a newspaper two days before the death? With a desperate killer still free, Hercule Poirot will have to stay alive long enough to find out. . . .--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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When Mrs. Ferras has commits suicide, it is speculated as being due to her guilt over poisoning her first husband. There are also rumors she was being blackmailed and that she had a secret liaison with Roger Ackroyd, a wealthy resident. His friend, Dr. Sheppard, receives a mysterious call telling him Ackroyd has been murdered, and murdered he was. Can Sheppard’s new neighbor identify the killer?
It’s always wonderful to start with a cast of characters. Those of us readers who are getting slightly older do appreciate it.
The introduction of Poirot is delightfully done. He reminds our narrator of a friend not yet on the scene. He also assumes Poirot to be a hairdresser, judging by the moustache. One cannot help but love Christie’s descriptions of people—“I am sorry to say I detest Mrs. Ackroyd. She is all chains and teeth and bones.” We are missing Colonel Hastings in this book, so our narrator is Doctor James Sheppard, one of the village residents and a main character.
Even with the initial cast of characters, Christie takes just eh right approach to introducing each characters as they enter the story. It is also fun that although we meet Poirot fairly in the story, he doesn’t truly become a focus of the story until later. One cannot help but smile at—“That, too, is my watchword. Method, order, and the little gray cells.”—and that we learn his eyes are green.
It is refreshing to have an inspector isn’t completely set on one suspect, but still can’t ignore the evidence leading a particular direction—“I’m trying to judge the thing fair and square….I’m not wanting him to be the guilty one—but it’s bad whichever way you look at it.Read more ›
Poirot agrees to look into the matter and sets off for the village of Broadhinny, where the crime took place. He takes up residence in the only available lodging in town, a very disorganized bed and breakfast, suffering dreadfully from the terrible accomodations and worse meals and begins working on the case. While there Poirot mets an old friend, Ariadne Oliver, famous mystery novelist who was in Broadhinny working on a stage adaption of her work. In the end of course, Poirot solves the crime and sees that justice is served.
The mystery here is a recurring theme of Christie's, an old crime that has resurfaced years later and requiring many old secrets to be revealed. The only problem with this particular novel is that it is quite complicated with many characters and their stories that tend to become a bit difficult to keep straight. On the plus side we are treated to yet another visit with Ariadne Oliver, always a delight. We are also introduced to the Summerhayes family, a wonderfully disorganized group that really diserve their own book.
For first-time readers: Don't be fooled by the length of the novel. The clues are there, sprinkled neatly and merrily along with the darned red herrings. You have to read it slowly, as it was with most of her novels.
The story: a doctor was called by Roger Ackroyd to discuss an important matter, but before he could divulge it further he was interuppted by the evening post. The matter was left there, and the doctor went home, seeing his host a bit disturbed. When he got home another call came in and announced that Mr Ackroyd was dead. Thus Poirot came into the scene and began nosing around. The solution was truly one of the most surprising in literature history.
The novel became the measuring rod for future mystery and detective novels, although its controversy is undeniable. My suggestion is that you ignore the controversy for the moment and concentrate on the story.
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Just great. Who saw it coming? What makes a perfect mystery.Published 2 months ago by JOhn Scott Bailey
This mystery story is a tour de force for Agatha Christie. She does something that is almost never attempted and brings it off. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. Cottrill
One of Christie's best. A genuine page turner if ever there was one. Starting out mildly, the plot built and built and built to a satisfying conclusion.Published 8 months ago by Gail Macmillan
A classic and easy to read. Well written and brings you back to another time with an ending I didn't expect. At all! Wow.Published 20 months ago by J Morton
I never would have guessed the ending. Full of suspense without gore. Truly a classic. Highly, highly, highly, highly recommendPublished 24 months ago by cathy
The author keeps the reader guessing till the very end! Enjoyable read. I am just writing words to fill in the requiredPublished on April 28 2014 by Ali Almajthoob
This is another good book of Agatha Christie's. I also think, that if you've seen the movie that is out for this book of hers, you won't be TOO disappointed (especially if you... Read morePublished on July 20 2013 by Duchess
This is the very first Agatha Christie book I ever read. I have to admit that I was completely surprised by its ending. Read morePublished on March 3 2008 by Juran Liu