James Bentley is tried for the murder of Abigail McGinty, the charwoman of Broadhinny who also took in Bentley as her lodger. The evidence is overwhelming, and soon after he is sentenced to hang. Superintendent Spence is not convinced of the man's guilt, and so he visits Poirot, asking him to look into the case. Poirot then heads off to the village, where he becomes the paying guest of Maureen and Major Johnnie Summerhayes. Ariadne Oliver, Poirot's novelist friend, has also come to Broadhinny to collaborate on a stage adaptation of one of her novels with dramatist Robin Upward. With the clue of a bottle of ink purchased by the dead woman shortly before her death, Poirot searches Mrs. McGinty's belongings and finds an edition of The Sunday Comet newspaper, where an article concerning two women connected with famous murders has been cut out. With the story are two photographs of the women. Poirot discovers that Mrs. McGinty had seen one of the photographs before, and knew to whom it ... Written by
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James Gordon Bentley, you have been tried for murder. Abigail McGinty was found by the baker on the floor of the sitting-room with extensive wounds to the head. The house in Broadhinny evinced no sign of forced entry. All the police surgeon was able to ascertain was that she'd been hit with a sharp, heavy implement, probably some time the night before. You, Bentley, were suspected from the very beginning. You knew where she kept her money; you had recently lost your employment, and...
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A bit far-fetched but makes up for this in other areas
Hercule Poirot is asked by Police Superintendent Spence to investigate the murder of Mrs McGinty, a simple, harmless cleaning lady in a small town. Her lodger, James Bentley, was recently convicted of the murder and will soon hang. The Superintendent was the investigating officer on the case but feels that Bentley is not the murderer, despite the weight of evidence to the contrary. Poirot takes the case and heads to the village of Broadhinny, where he runs into an old acquaintance, Ariadne Oliver, the novelist. She too has some theories regarding the murder.
Intriguing and interesting, as always. However, the backstory to the murder is quite far-fetched and seems overstated - I still don't know why the motive, as explained, was really a motive. There's an element of complexity for complexity's sake.
There are some areas that make up for this though. The presence of Ariadne Oliver adds a large dose of humour to the episode. The plight of James Bentley is fairly engaging and the ending is quite emotional.
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