Agatha Christie: Mrs. McGinty's Dead

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  • Amy Lee (Hong Kong Baptist University)

Mrs McGinty’s Dead may hold particular interest for Christie fans because it features Christie’s alter ego Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, the crime writer whose frank remarks about her books acquire additional meaning when read in the light of Christie’s own work. This novel also features the second co-operation between Mrs. Oliver and Hercule Poirot, another favourite of Christie’s creations (the first being Taken at the Flood, 1948.)

The story starts quite conventionally. Hercule Poirot’s quiet retired life is disturbed one day by the visit of an old friend, Superintendent Spence. The newspapers are just talking about the verdict of the McGinty Trial when Spence presents to Poirot his own dissatisfaction about t…

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Lee, Amy. "Mrs. McGinty's Dead". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2003
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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  1. Crime, Detective, Spy/ Thriller Fiction