A pair of photographs are the only clues that Poirot has to solve the murder of a village charwoman, and to prove the innocence of the victim's lodger.

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James Bentley
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District Judge
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David Yelland ...
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Maude
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Maureen Summerhayes
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Major Summerhayes
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Bessie Burch
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Joe Burch
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Miss Sweetiman
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Eve Carpenter
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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 shanty_sleuth

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District Judge: 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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Superb!!!
16 September 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The most recent POIROT films have a bad habit of behaving like MARPLE: rewriting novels until they are completely unrecognizable. Happily, MRS. McGINTY'S DEAD does NOT follow that trend. I Only noticed two changes from the original novel, and one of them is not really that major! The plot, like the original novel, started out as a simple murder, but what seemed like an open-and-shut case evolves into a complex mystery. I appreciated seeing the same Superintedant Spence from TAKEN AT THE FLOOD reprise his role here. And of course, Zoe Wanamaker is even better in McGINTY than she was in CARDS ON THE TABLE! She has so many humorous lines now, many of them coming during arguments with Robin Upward, a young playwright who is adapting a book of hers for the stage. And of course, as always, David Suchet simply shines as Poirot.


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