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Mrs. McGinty's Dead von Hugh Fraser
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Mrs. McGinty's Dead (1951)

von Hugh Fraser (Erzähler), Agatha Christie (Autor), HarperCollins Publishers Limited (Publisher)

Reihen: Ariadne Oliver (3), Hercule Poirot (24)

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Überarb. Fassung der einzig berechtigten Übertr. aus dem Engl. von G. Martin
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Titel:Mrs. McGinty's Dead
Autoren:Hugh Fraser (Erzähler)
Weitere Autoren:Agatha Christie (Autor), HarperCollins Publishers Limited (Publisher)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Limited (2006)
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Tags:audiobook, crime, crime-series, 20th Century, golden-age-mystery, 2024 bought and read, read

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Vier Frauen und ein Mord von Agatha Christie (1951)

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Unlike many Poirot novels, this one doesn't have a first part telling the background of the murder and the suspects. here it's all Poirot's investigation. An old woman has been murdered and a young man who was her lodger has just been tried and convicted. All the evidence points to him. And yet, the policeman who first investigated the case is not satisfied. The evidence is saying one thing, but his instinct is saying something different. He goes to ask an old acquantaince, a foreign detective by the name of Hercule Poirot, whether he'd care to look into the matter, in the interest of justice.

I was worried because in the beginning the mystery seemed uninspiring. A sordid murder, with the convicted suspect a thoroughly dull and uninteresting person. But soon it got much more interesting. Yet another classic Poirot novel, very enjoyable. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
A man accused of murdering Ms. McGinty is about to be hanged but the detective who had handled the case has his doubts so he calls on Poirot to at least investigate a year old murder to ease his doubts. An inkstand, an old photograph & a town apparently holding more secrets leads Poirot to a baffling & twisted case. When a second murder is committed, Poirot discovers "Evelyn" is the clue but can he find the killer before an innocent man is hanged for a murder he didn't commit. ( )
  walterhistory | Apr 24, 2024 |
'Mrs. McGinty's Dead' was described to me as "A lesser Christie" and I think that sums it up. It's good enough to read to the end but it's not going to linger in the memory or be a book I'd want to re-read.

The plot is twisty in a way that stretches credibility. It's one of those Christie books that is all puzzle and no personality. The mystery is a sort of 'Find The Lady' card trick. There is a very limited pool of suspects who are all, like the cards, hidden face down and any one of whom could the murderer. Like the card trick, Christie keeps switching attention around from card to card and like the card trick the whole purpose is to distract and tempt. It was fun in its way but I felt that it plodded a little and that too much time was spent discussing which card hid the Lady without turning any of them over.

I've never liked Poirot and, at the start of 'Mrs. McGinty's Dead' it seemed to me that Agatha Christie no longer liked him much either. He came across as a sad little old man who missed Hastings because he now has no one to show off to or belittle, whose main regret in life was that one can only eat three times a day, who was blind to his declining celebrity and who had no compunction about lying to everyone he meets. Unexpectedly, Christie's depiction of the dissonance between Poirot's faded fame and his self-perception made me feel sorry for him for the first time.

For me, the most enjoyable and memorable thing about the book was the crime novelist, Mrs. Oliver, a recurring character who seems to be an avatar for Christie herself. I loved how Chrisie used Mrs. Oliver to voice her own frustrations about screen adaptations of her novels that largely ignore the original text. My favourite part was when Mrs. Oliver was talking about the central character in her books Sven Hjerson, a Finn who loves crudités, cold winter baths and solving murder mysteries and who is clearly meant to be an avatar for Poirot. She declares that she regrets ever creating him and wonders why she made him a Finn when she knew nothing about Finland and why she made him so odd. Her ambivalent relationship with him is summed up when she says, "Of course he’s idiotic, but people like him".

I listened to Hugh Fraser narrating the audiobook. He did his usual solid job but even he couldn't stop the prose from feeling mechanical at times. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

https://soundcloud.com/harpercollinspublishers/mrs-mcgintys-dead-by-agatha ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | Apr 3, 2024 |
I think this is one of my top 10 favorite Christie novels, though it is hard to pick my top favorites. I love the grumbly Poirot, suffering in his miserable rented room to investigate this already solved murder to find the real murderer and save an innocent man. Poirot is so funny, always just a bit flustered at how few people in this backwards small town have ever heard of him, and not sure how to react when people don't believe he is a famous detective. Without Hastings along to help him deal with people, his personality really stands out. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 15, 2023 |
Superintendent Spence shook his head sadly at Poirot. “You do like to make it difficult, don’t you, M. Poirot?” he said.

Christie, Agatha. Mrs. McGinty's Dead: Hercule Poirot Investigates (Hercule Poirot series Book 28) (p. 221). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.


Superintendent Spence has investigated, trialled and convicted James Bentley of murder. All the evidence points to Bentley. The only problem is - Spence doesn't think he did it. So he pays Hercule Poirot a visit to ask a favour - see if he can prove it one way or another.

Superintendent Spence appeared in the last novel, Taken at the Flood and seems to be a no nonsense sort and a decent detective - even if he isn't quite in Poirot's class. Ariadne Oliver, the mystery writer and amateur sleuth who prides herself on her women's intuition also appears. I didn't really like Ariadne in this - she's kind of ridiculous with her flighty nature and faulty women's intuition. But I'm quite fond of Superintendent Spence and I hope to see more of him in the future, so that was good.

As for Poirot, he is busy integrating himself into the community and ruffling feathers of those who have things to hide. I enjoyed this one for the most part but I was kind of lost for a lot of it. Too much going on with kind of bland characters. I didn't like James Bentley and it was hard to care about proving his innocence. I really didn't understand why Maude or Deidre liked him, he was lame.

So not my favourite Poirot but enjoyable nonetheless. 3 stars. ( )
  funstm | Oct 24, 2023 |
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Christie, AgathaHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Alves, IsabelÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Życieńska, EwaÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Kalkofe, OliverErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
López Hipkiss, GuillermoÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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McKenzie, JuliaErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Moffat, JohnErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Riambau, EstebanÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Schlumper, SemÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Schulz, RobertIllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Symons, JulianMitwirkenderCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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James Bentley wird zum Tode verurteilt. Er soll seine Vermieterin Mrs McGinty brutal erschlagen haben und alle Indizien sprechen gegen ihn. Hercule Poirot und seine langjährige Freundin Ariadne Oliver glauben an Bentleys Unschuld und rollen den Fall neu auf. In Mrs McGintys Nachlass finden sie einen Zeitungsartikel mit den Fotos von vier Verbrecherinnen. Warum hatte sie ihn ausgeschnitten und wen glaubte sie darauf erkannt zu haben? Schafft es Hercule Poirot noch rechtzeitig, den Mörder zu entlarven?
Oliver Kalkofe liest diesen großen Fall des belgischen Meisterdetektivs Hercule Poirot mit viel Gespür für die ungewöhnlichen Figuren von Agatha Christie.
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