One final dive into the crystal-clear waters of talking about a mystery novel without having to carefully avoid the details — here are Brad, Moira, and myself discussing Mrs. McGinty’s Dead (1952) by Agatha Christie.
There’s much to discuss here, too: an older Hercule Poirot whose name conjures none of the delight or fear it would have done during his hey-day of some 20 years previously, a plot hewn almost entirely from conversation after conversation after conversation, the sheer wittiness of Christie’s prose and observations, the return of author analogue Ariadne Oliver for her second of six cases accompanying our little Belgian friend…for a relatively ‘minor’ book — no hook, no genre-challenging revelation — Christie packs a lot in.
What else to say up front? Not much I suppose; perhaps the best thing is simply to listen and then share your thoughts below.
Thanks to those of you who have listened to these podcasts over the last couple of years. I’m stepping away from them now because they take bloody aaages, use up lots of storage space on WordPress, and don’t really justify themselves on the pecuniary grounds I really should have introduced at the start to keep me interested for the long term. Nevertheless, I appreciate your interest, and thank you for coming this far with the three of us as we added to the positive wealth of podcasts about Agatha Christie out there.
If I do ever start another podcast, rest assured that a) you’re all invited to listen, b) it’ll be on something a little more obscure, and c) that, too, will only last a handful of episodes before I pack it in.