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Agatha Christie
Mrs. McGinty's Dead

To Peter Saunders
In gratitude for his kindness to authors

First Published

Collins, London, Mar. 1952
Dodd Mead, New York, Feb. 1952
Chicago Tribune, Oct.7-Dec.30 1951 as 'Blood Will Tell'


(from HarperCollins "The Agatha Christie Collection" cover)

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...


Hercule Poirot, Bessie Burch, Joe Burch, Eve Carpenter, Deirdre Henderson, Evelyn Hope, Pamela Horsefall, Mrs. Kiddle, Mrs. McGinty, Michael, Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, Dr. Rendell, Shelagh Rendell, Superintendent Bert Spence, Major John Summerhayes, Maureen Summerhayes, Mrs. Sweetman, Laura Upward, Robin Upward, Mr. Wetherby, Mrs. Wetherby, Maude Williams

Movie & TV

Murder Most Foul, 1964 (UK)
director George Pollock
writer David Pursall, Jack Seddon
cast Margaret Rutherford(Miss Marple), Ron Moody(Clifford Cosgood), Charles Tingwell(Inspector Craddock), Megs Jenkins(Mrs. Thomas), James Bolam(Bill Hanson), Stringer Davis(Mr. Stringer), Francesca Annis
Mrs. McGinty's Dead
Agahta Christie's POIROT XI, 2008
director Ashley Pearce
writer Nick Dear
cast David Suchet(Hercule Poirot), Joe Absolom(James Bentley), Simon Molloy(District Judge), Richard Hope(Supt. Harold Spence), David Yelland(George), Sarah Smart(Maude), Raquel Cassidy(Maureen Summerhayes), Richard Dillane(Major Summerhayes), Simon Shepherd(Dr Rendell), Emma Amos(Bessie Burch), Billy Geraghty(Joe Burch), Ruth Gemmell(Miss Sweetiman), Mary Stockley(Eve Carpenter), Zoë Wanamaker(Ariadne Oliver), Paul Rhys(Robin Upward)


  1. Official Site: Mrs. McGinty's Dead
  2. Wikipedia: Mrs. McGinty's Dead
  3. IMDb: Murder Most Foul (1964)
  4. IMDb: Poirot: Mrs. McGinty's Dead (2008)
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