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Author: Agatha Christie Narrator: Hugh Fraser Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Hercule Poirot Mysteries Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780062230041
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In Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, one of Agatha Christie’s most ingenious mysteries, the intrepid Hercule Poirot must look into the case of a brutally murdered landlady.

Mrs. McGinty died from a brutal blow to the back of her head. Suspicion falls immediately on her shifty lodger, James Bentley, whose clothes reveal traces of the victim’s blood and hair. Yet something is amiss: Bentley just doesn’t seem like a murderer.

Could the answer lie in an article clipped from a newspaper two days before the death? With a desperate killer still free, Hercule Poirot will have to stay alive long enough to find out. . . .


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Quotes & Awards

  • “The best Poirot since such prewar classics as Cards on the Table."

    New York Times

  • “The plot is perfect, and the characters are wonderful.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[In] this village murder.. Poirot suffers in a vividly awful country guesthouse in order to get in with the community and rescue a rather unsatisfactory young man from the gallows. Highly ingenious.”

    Robert Barnard, English crime writer and critic

  • “Who could be better reading this recording of Christie’s 1952 classic than Hugh Fraser, who…plays Captain Hastings in those lovely TV adaptations starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot? Fraser uses his own British accent to narrate, then switches impressively to a perfect Belgian tinge as he lets the master detective ramble on about French food, suspicious deaths, and how hard it is to handle both in the cities and villages of his adopted England…As the story begins to explode into a complex web of lies and hidden identities, novelist Ariadne Oliver (much more like the real Christie than the cute Miss Marple) joins the hunt to find the real murderer. Even fans familiar with the novel will enjoy this classic Christie audio.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Narrator Hugh Fraser is particularly compelling as author Ariadne Oliver, who is said to be Christie’s alter ego in her mysteries. The wide range of suspects includes a most convenient one, Mrs. McGinty’s lodger. There are some funny moments while Poirot boards with one of the worst cooks in England. The story closes with Poirot teaching her to make a proper omelet.


  • “Hercule Poirot, the fastidious Belgian with the egg-shaped head and fierce mustache, taught me how to look for clues inside secrets. He is still the detective most perfect—he would have stood for nothing less.”

    Halllie Ephron, New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoEllen | 6/8/2011

    " Pulled out the big box from the back of the family room closet. Re-reading them all-the perfect summer indulgence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 5/13/2011

    " This book had me gripped from the start. I love how Agatha Christie's writing gets you thinking and then you come away from the book and realise that who you thought the killer was, was in fact not the actual killer. It's mind boggling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/12/2011

    " I adore Hercule Poirot. That is all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 4/25/2011

    " Not one of her better ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/31/2011

    " I love how Christie sneaks some humor into a murder mystery! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lulu | 3/28/2011

    " you will be a genius if you figure out who did the crime
    a wounderful, great and breathless story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/19/2011

    " Enjoyable mystery. Quite a few characters to keep straight, but the plot moves along swiftly. My favorite Poirot is still The Murder of Roger Akroyd, but this volume is very good too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/16/2011

    " Ah, Agatha, you've done it yet again! Classic Agatha! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 2/13/2011

    " This is one of Agatha's books that I find quite funny in the part where Poirot was countlessly complainin' about the conditions in the Long Meadow's house! In this book, he met Mrs. Oliver again and it seems that her so called 'Woman's Intuition' was taking a XD "

About the Author

Dame Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was a British crime writer best known for her detective novels and short stories. According to Guinness World Records, she is the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels having sold over four billion copies and having been translated into more than one hundred languages. The Agatha Award for best mystery and crime writers was named in her honor.

About the Narrator

Hugh Fraser, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an English actor and theater director who is best known for his portrayal of Captain Hastings in the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. He studied acting at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and is an associate tutor, director, and member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, specializing in Shakespeare.