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The Mirror Crack'd From Side To Side (Miss Marple #9)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  18,877 Ratings  ·  556 Reviews
Beautifully re-packaged with stunning new cover illustrations and design that rival some of the best jackets and audio collections out there! The group as a whole stands out with an assortment of colours and gorgeous text on every spine. This is story telling at it's absolute best!
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Published November 1st 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1961)
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Jim Aker
Dec 07, 2008 Jim Aker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classic Mystery readers
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Eric Townsend
Mar 18, 2013 Eric Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side is the third and final Agatha Christie book that I picked up last year during a couple of big book sales I went to, the others being Murder in Retrospect and Passenger to Frankfurt. This is the 9th book in the Miss Marple companion books, but the first one that I’ve read so far. As I have come to expect from Christie, The Mirror Crack’d was an excellent murder mystery written in her usual older style that is something unseen in current publications. The writi ...more
Phayvanh
Dec 27, 2008 Phayvanh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Miss Marple fans
Recommended to Phayvanh by: library book sale
80-year-old Miss Marple is portrayed as too old a lady to go about town on her own, though both she and her doctor know better, and which Inspector Craddock learns himself. Given the conventions of the time, though, she is obliged to accept the household help her nephew Raymond pays for, and not protest. Pity. She could have solved the crime in much less time otherwise.

We are back in St. Mary Mead of Much Benham, but this time, the outside world encroaches in, what with the development around th
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Kathy Worrell  ツ
Audiobook

I really enjoyed this BBC drama rendition of The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side.

Great mystery, awesome production.
Jessica
I read an article a while ago about an analysis of the words used in Agatha Christie's novels and how you can actually see her dementia showing itself in her later works based on the complexity (and lack thereof) of language. I couldn't stop thinking about that while reading this novel--partly because there is a picture of a very fabulous but also very ancient Agatha on the back cover, but moreso because Miss Marple herself grappling with her old age. Subject to the unwanted doting by a patroniz ...more
Patty
"Heather Badcock meant no harm. She never did mean harm, but there is no doubt that people like Heather Badcock (and like my old friend Alison Wilde), are capable of doing a lot of harm because they lack - not kindness, they have kindness - but any real consideration for the way their actions may affect other people.”

This was my second Miss Marple audiobook in a few months. I enjoy listening to Christie's novels on audio - the readers are always excellent and the mysteries are not so taxing tha
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Sarah ~
مأساة ..
وكم كبير من القتلى في هذه الرواية..
جريمة تقع في قصر السيدة بانتري السابق وهي صديقة السيدة ماربل (إذا تذكرون وقعت أحداث رواية جثة في المكتبة في ذلك القصر )
حيث وصلت ممثلة شهيرة تدعى مارينا ..وزوجها وحاشيتها الكبيرة ..
وخلال حفل خيري يقام في القصر .. تقتل السيدة بادكوك ..وهي سيدة لطيفة وثرثارة يبدو أن هناك ماضيا يربطها بالممثلة مارينا غريغ ..
وتتوالي الأحداث لتحلها لنا في النهاية السيدة ماربل ..
*كنت متوقعة النهاية ربما لم أحل كل أوجه الجريمة ولكن لب الموضوع خطر ببالي ..
مملة قليلا ..ربما لأن
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Abrar Yasser
كعادة كريستي .. لا يمكنك التنبؤ بالفاعل!
MiraLi
Jan 02, 2016 MiraLi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vraiment, je ne m'attendais pas à cette fin. Chapeau Mme Christie.
Geert Daelemans
Aug 27, 2013 Geert Daelemans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
Excellent example of a good detective story

Having more than enough of the patronizing attentions of her live-in companion, Miss Knight, Jane Marple decides to go out for a stroll. While exploring the newest intrusion of suburban expansion called "The Development," the old spinster slips on some loose stones and takes a tumble. Heather Badcock, one of the new residents, helps Miss Marple and invites in her for a nice cup of tea to recover from the shock. There she learns that Mrs. Badcock is a bi
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Sistermagpie
Dec 14, 2014 Sistermagpie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I'd never actually read this, one of AG's more famous mysteries. It was a good read, though I wasn't reading it fresh, really. I knew the incident around which the story was based, so rather than ever wondering who did it I was mostly just noticing how and when AG dropped in the clues. It seemed hard to not make it too obvious, but that's because I already knew what was going on. There was a rather big coincidence that was a red herring, but still so huge coincidence I wondered why it was in the ...more
D.G.
Jul 29, 2015 D.G. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few book by Agatha Christie that I hadn't read before, but I saw the movie on Masterpiece Mystery so I knew the denouement. Like the last book, I thought there was something missing here. Maybe too much extraneous information about the change in small villages? It seemed to have gone on and on about the Development.

I also thought some loose ends weren't tied up, like who exactly killed the few people who died at the end. Was it the murderer? Why were those people killed? (I kn
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Martina
Jul 21, 2014 Martina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a currently sick person with a disability, I related to Miss Marple, a spunky old lady with all her faculties, despite her physical decline. She may need some help, but she's way more capable than most people give her credit for, especially the ever hovering Mrs. Knight, her live-in... That woman wouldn't have survived a single day in my employ!

But I digress, the mystery in this book begins when a movie star moves in to Miss Marple's quiet village and then people start dropping like flies. I
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Belinda
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Antara Bhatia
Jan 01, 2015 Antara Bhatia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having thought I was not much of a mystery reader, I picked up Agatha Christie so late in life that I am a wee bit ashamed to call myself a reader. I began, inexplicably, with her non mysteries and found them absolutely brilliant. I hoped for the same language style, the same dry humour and the same insight into human psychology in her murder mysteries and definitely found that in 'The Mirror Crack'd'. The nostalgia for a lost language haunted me throughout. The correct, old-world style is hard ...more
Richa
Nov 05, 2014 Richa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah! I have finished and am very proud to say that I had guessed correct!
I am giving 3 stars only because from pg 162 to 345, I kept hoping to change my view or atleast get confused, but I was not. All those pages were unnecessary to me.
Well, here is a very strong clue to the mystery for all the readers reading this comment, but, I couldn't stop myself.
you ness
Feb 25, 2013 you ness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
l'amour un des mots les plus effrayants qui soient en monde

c'est ma première expérience en romans français

j'ai aimé le style de récit d’Agatha Christie
Valerie
Sep 25, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Grandma Dorothy
Shelves: cypresslibrary
One of my favorite Agatha Christie books. The motive behind the murder was so poignant, and I'm a sucker for Tennyson.
Lynn
May 01, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today's post is on The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side by Agatha Christie. It is the ninth in her Miss Marple series but you do not have to read them in order to understand the story or the characters. The cover is broken mirror with the title in the center of the crack. The intended reader is someone who likes mysteries, well written books, and interesting main characters. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main characte ...more
Reese (whimsicalbibliophile)
I’ll be honest, this was probably my least favourite Miss Marple to date. Because it is a Miss Marple and an Agatha Christie, I still liked it, but I guess my main problem was that The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side didn’t have as much Miss Marple as I would have liked. Her character was quite passive, mainly receiving gossip secondhand and slipping tiny hints to the Inspector. It almost felt like the narrative could have gone on, well, without her, and she was a little bit of a token characte ...more
Jade
Jun 06, 2015 Jade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mysteries
Though I’ve had the pleasure of reading Agatha Christie’s books before, I’ve never read her Miss Marple stories – only enjoyed them through the excellent TV adaptations that have been made over the years. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side was my first introduction to the written world of the elderly yet smug and smart Miss Marple.

A famous film star, Marina Gregg, and her director husband have taken up residence in Miss Marple’s village, St. Mary Mead, bringing the usual celebrity gossip and
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Katharine
Oct 28, 2008 Katharine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I grabbed The Mirror Crack'd at a library booksale, thinking "Oh good, an Agatha Christie I haven't read – that'll come in handy when I want some light reading." Last week I wanted some light reading, but as a matter of fact I had read it. Which often happens when you grab Agatha Christies. I didn't mind rereading, though, since I had forgotten the solution to the mystery.

This is a Miss Marple. I used to dislike Miss Marple – she always seems so smug – but she's grown on me. I may even like h
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Deepa
Aug 04, 2013 Deepa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book for two reasons –
a. Refresh the teenage memory lane, where Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Carolyne Keene and the likes were gods for an avid fiction reader like me
b. To assess on how different my view would be if I read this book now as compared to few years back when I had read it as a teen

Agatha Christie is evergreen and her charm does not lessen with the time. She again brings her best with Miss Marple. Since this is once of those mysteries whose timeline is somewhe
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Sol  Gonzalez
Sep 04, 2012 Sol Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parece que este año va a ser el año en que me leí varios libros de Agatha Christie... pero es que son tan fáciles de leer, tan cortitos y tan buenos.

En este libro en especial me gustó la referencia al poema de la Dama de Shalott, el poema de Tenysson que para mí resulta tan importante porque Agus me lo leyo en una ocasión. El ritmo del mismo se siente en la boca, desde el momento en que lo pronuncias... pero no es del poema del que quería hablar (sin embargo el libro tiene puntos por habermelo r
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Laurel Hicks
I got the feeling that Mrs. Christie's publisher told her to write a book more relevant to the times, more interesting to the large American market. Thus the lower score.
Esdaile
"The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side" is I think one of the most accomplished of Agatha Christie's novels, principally because of the plausibility of the motive of the murder and the not entirely pleasant after-taste. More than many motives among her tales, the account of the motive for murder in "The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side" lingers in the memory (much the same can be said of her very best work : "Ten Little Niggers"). The clues are there, strong enough I think, for an astute reader t ...more
Noopur Mishra
Mar 15, 2015 Noopur Mishra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rewiews
I have recently developed this habit of reading Agatha Christie while traveling in train. Her books are effortlessly absorbing and thus perfect for whiling away time during long journeys. The thing that I like about Christie, is the way she does the profiling of the characters. About why they are the way they are. Take Marina Gregg, the lead in this book for example; she describes how great actors are often unstable and how they are forever oozing a certain magic that is hard to ignore. While re ...more
Aries
Dec 28, 2014 Aries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-queue

Il villaggio di St. Mary Mead è in grande fermento. Marina Gregg, una delle più famose dive di Hollywood ha infatti deciso di trasfersi proprio in questa piacevole località e, per l'occasione, ha invitato tutta la cittadinanza a visitare la sua nuova magione. L'avvenimento però si svolge in maniera completamente diversa dal previsto: una delle ospiti, Heather Badcock, muore infatti nel corso del ricevimento e l'autopsia rivela infatti che è stata avvelenata. Interrogati sull'avvenimento, alcuni

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Taksya
Anche questo libro ha una trasposizione cinematografica famosa (oltre alle varie versioni televisive) che ho visto varie volte e che mi ha fornito il dettaglio fondamentale per la risoluzione del caso. Questa volta però il dettaglio era presente, anche se ben cammuffato, fin dall'inizio... solo che non ci vengono fornite tutte le indicazioni fino alla fine, quando Miss Marple scopre l'inghippo. Come sempre più interrogatori che altro, tante false piste, solito giochetto di mettere in relazione i ...more
Michael A
Oct 24, 2014 Michael A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christie surprises me at times. This novel is exceptional compared to most of her later work.

In addition to doing her usual stuff, she also has the foresight to make this more clever. How so? Well, set it in the location of a place that featured in an earlier mystery, including some of the same people from a previous novel! Furthermore, having a film star directly involved in the action. You see, movies are our premier narrative vehicle in this day and age. It's where all the real advances in na
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is t
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