Pubblicato in Italia con il titolo Fermate il boia. Un caso chiuso e risolto, ma Hercule Poirot non è convinto…

A woman is found dead in her own house, a blow to the back of her head. The proof leads to her lodger who is quickly found guilty of murder. However, the inspector in charge of the case is not entirely convinced that they have the right person in custody and asks Hercule Poirot to investigate. Did Mrs. McGinty discover a secret while working cleaning other people’s houses? Or is her death connected to a newspaper article about women involved in crimes?

This was such a fascinating mystery. It kept me guessing until the end with quite a cast of possible suspects. Also, I enjoyed the return of the fictional crime author and Poirot’s friend, Ariadne Oliver, whose disagreements with a playwright about the adaptation of her novels to theatre make for a few funny scenes. I can easily include Mrs. McGinty’s Dead as one of my favorite Poirot novels. Intriguing, entertaining, and full of twists, it is worth the read!