2008: 18. Mrs. McGinty’s Dead

“Hercule Poirot came out of the Vielle Grand’mere restaurant into Soho.”

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, Agatha Christie

So I drifted from Marple to Poirot, and enjoyed it just as much.  In this book, Poirot is examining a case where an unpleasant young man was convicted of killing his landlady, Mrs. McGinty over a few pounds.  Although the young man is fairly convicted, the arresting officer can’t help but feel wrong about the verdict.  So he goes to Poirot and asks him to quickly (for this is before the death penalty was abolished) investigate and see if there could possibly be another solution to the crime.  It seems unlikely - the young man is particularly bland and unhelpful, the Mrs. McGuinty the last person one would expect to be murdered. But Poirot doesn’t accept failure, and (no surprise here!) solves the crime.  Plus we have a bunch of suspects who are related to famous crimes of the past! How much fun for Christie to create all these old fashion scandals to pepper with mysteries.  And, Mrs. Oliver, our favorite Christie stand-in.  Too fun!

Date/Place Completed: 1/31/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-Read; Agatha Christie Project

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