Mrs McGinty's Dead - Agatha Christie

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Mrs McGinty's Dead - Agatha Christie

When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a...

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published 31/03/2006 | workangel
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Pro Agatha Christie's Poirot at this best in a really good tale.
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"Mrs. Mcginty's Dead, how did she die?"

I love books with Crime and Thrillers being my favourites, and Agatha Christie, known as the Queen of crime writers is a favourite of mine.

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" Mrs. McGinty's dead
Why did she die?
Stocking her neck out
just like I"

Mrs Mcginty is a charwoman, who makes end meet by taking in a lodger. She 'does' for several of the local households and is viewed as a treasure. She is an honest and dependable old woman - but she comes across some information that she realises may be worth some money, so she writes a letter.....

When Mrs McGinty is found brutally murdered there is only one suspect, hwe lodger, a rather pathetic young man, who is charged, tried and convicted. The policeman in charge of the case should be happy, but he is very uneasy and is unsure why. So he asks his friend, renowned private detective Hercule Poirot to investigate - but time is running out as the gallows beckon..

The setting is a small village, so the number of possible alternative suspects is not huge and Hercule sets about whittling down the possibilities, using his famous little grey cells...

Opinion

Christie is a master at creating the world of a small village set in the thirties. You get to understand the slower pace of life, the absolute class distinctions, fabric of the close knit communities of the time. Camphor, open fires, draughts, motor cars, chauffeurs are all increibly real.

Equally good is the mapping of the personnel who come across as real people, complex, all holding something back but for utterly different reasons and all somewhat suspicious of the exotic Hercule, who just wants to engage them in conversation - because no one can lie all the time so the truth will reveal itself...

All of the threds leading to the murderer are clearly shown to us, but it is amazingly difficult to realise the significance of some of the facts, so you think you have it worked out and then something happens which makes you doubt yourself and then you pick up on something else ..

I like the twisting and turning and scraping at the genteel surface to see what lies beneath. Sordid little secrets that really do not matter in the scheme of things, but which are so important to the individual concerned. It is also a very good insight to the times, as half of the worries of that time would pass by totally unnoticed today.

As usual Hercule at the end stands up and explains his reasoning and you realise how much you have been sucked in by a particular character or plot line and thus missed the real killer by a mile.

I think this is one of the best books by Christie - a really good story, well told, full of the atmosphere and gentility of the Thirties and with enough twists to satisfy a roller coaster!

Great book - I couldn't put it down, and that was on a reread.

I bought my current copy for £4.99 in Smiths ( they were selling selected items with £2 off).

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  • Morning_Becomes_Electra published 25/04/2006
    I love a good murder mystery. Agatha Cristie is supreme at it. Electra x
  • MAFARRIMOND published 23/04/2006
    I have most of Agatha Christie's books - a good review. Maureen
  • katygriff published 04/04/2006
    It sounds very good indeed. x
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Product Information : Mrs McGinty's Dead - Agatha Christie

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When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard's will, Cora was clearly heard to say: 'It's been hushed up very nicely, hasn't itBut he was murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.

Product Details

Author: Agatha Christie

Title: Mrs McGinty's Dead, Mrs.McGinty's Dead

Genre: Crime

Type: Fiction, Audio Cassette

ISBN: 0002316595; 0006135269

Subgenre: Mystery

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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