Mrs McGinty's Dead

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Something is amiss, James Bentley just doesn't look like a murderer. Poirot believes he can save the man from the gallows - what he doesn't realise is that his own life is now in great danger ...


About this story

First released

October 1951 (serialised in the Chicago Tribune, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Radio Play, 
  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Film

Recurring characters

  • Poirot, 
  • Ariadne Oliver, 
  • Superintendent Bert Spence

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

Disillusioned with the nature of “senseless cruel brutality” Poirot initially takes no interest in the case of Mrs McGinty, apparently murdered by her lodger for the measly sum of thirty pounds. But the police suspect something is amiss and call on Poirot to discover just what. When it first appeared in a US magazine in 1951, it was under the title Blood Will Tell. It was published as a novel in 1952.

In 1964, MGM adapted the story into the film Murder Most Foul, the third film to star Margaret Rutherford as Marple (here replacing the character of Poirot entirely ...

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Disillusioned with the nature of “senseless cruel brutality” Poirot initially takes no interest in the case of Mrs McGinty, apparently murdered by her lodger for the measly sum of thirty pounds. But the police suspect something is amiss and call on Poirot to discover just what. When it first appeared in a US magazine in 1951, it was under the title Blood Will Tell. It was published as a novel in 1952.

In 1964, MGM adapted the story into the film Murder Most Foul, the third film to star Margaret Rutherford as Marple (here replacing the character of Poirot entirely), directed by George Pollock. In this version Miss Marple is a juror at the trial and is the only one to believe the young lodger’s innocence. Agatha Christie did not approve of this series of films, specifically Margaret Rutherford’s portrayal of Marple. The 2007 the TV adaptation with David Suchet was more faithful to the original story, and saw Zoë Wanamaker returning to the character of Ariadne Oliver. The story was also dramatised for BBC Radio 4 in 2006.



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