Agatha Christie is famous for one thing above all: the literary creation of Hercule Poirot, an ex Belgian police inspector who took to being a successful private detective in England after becoming a refugee during World War I. Christie would bring Poirot to life in 33 stories, a life that has been repeated in dramatisations on the stage, television and radio as well as the more recent audiobooks on CD and MP3.
One of Poirot’s many fictional acquaintances was the flamboyant crime novelist, Ariadne Oliver, who works with him on the case of Mrs McGinty’s death in terrain that is more familiar to that other famous Christie sleuth, Miss Jane Marple, namely a quintessentially English village. Initially, the unhappy Poirot takes little interest in the murder, assuming it to be a cut and dried case, but is eventually persuaded to use his little grey cells to prevent a miscarriage of justice. Working more closely with Mrs Oliver as he does in the later novels, the story moves towards its climax.
This intriguing and entertaining mystery is dramatised by BBC Radio 4 as a CD and MP3 audiobook, and has a strong cast with John Moffatt as Poirot supported by George Baker and Julia Mackenzie, along with others.