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The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple #9)

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Alternate edition for 0007120982 (ISBN13: 9780007120987)

One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended?

Marina's frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evide
Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1962)
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Issa Deerbany
Feb 15, 2017 Issa Deerbany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
احدى المدعوات الى حفل خيري تموت فجأة عن طريق التسمم
من قتلها في هذا الحشد الكبير .
بعد التحقيقات يتبين انها ليست المقصودة بل واعية الحفل ممثلة شابة.
لغز مثير ومشوق
والسيدة العجوز مَس ماربل استطاعت ان تحلل القضية بطريقة تحليلية رائعة

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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Nandakishore Varma
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side:
"The curse is upon me!" Cried
The Lady of Shallot.

Another classic of typical Christie misdirection. During a party hosted by the famous actress Marina Gregg, her rather silly fan Heather Babcock is killed through a poisoned drink - but it soon comes out that that drink was meant for the actress herself. That, coupled with the actress's horrified expression as she stared at something over Heather's shoulder as she prattled (p
Jun 03, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars, but rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads

It's been a while, but Moonlight Reader and I did a buddy read of this book. You can find her review Miss Marple Wins Again.

I do love Agatha Christie because after all of this time she feels as familiar and comfortable as an old shoe. I read this one a few years back, so it was nice to revisit it since I had the book on my shelf.

We have Miss Marple dealing with the changing of the village of St. Mary Mead aft
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Audiobook performed by Emilia Fox.

Miss Marple is showing her age and the doctor insists that she have a nursemaid/companion. But she’s really not so frail as people think, and she can still out-detect the most experienced Scotland Yard inspector. When a local woman is dies during a large charity event at an estate now owned by Hollywood actress Marina Gregg and her latest husband (is he # 4 or # 5?) authorities discover that the cocktail she drank was doctored. But who would want to kill M
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
Dec 24, 2016 Camila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-gustó, 2016
Este libro se me hizo algo pesado, usualmente leo en el transporte público, pero con este me daba sueño así que no podía. En sí, no me encontraba especialmente metida en la historia, como me pasó con las otras que he leído de Agatha, debe ser la que menos me ha gustado. Aunque, claro, eso no significa que no lo haya hecho, sino que los otros libros me han parecido prácticamente perfectos.

En este caso no tenemos al conocido Hércules Poirot, sino que a Miss Marple, una anciana de buena cuna con un
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
May 31, 2016 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, fiction, mystery
A good crime/mystery novel. I had plenty of theories and none was what happened at the end. I did guessed what happened though, at the same time that "Miss Marple" our protagonist did, and I wish that I didn't until she explains it, that would have made the "mystery solved" feeling even better.

*Full review to come*
Hind Riyadh
اجاثا كريستي ..
هي أول من سحبتني لأغرق في بحر الكتب والروايات ..

لا استطيع التخلي عنها و عن رواياتها التي تفيض جمالا ..

رواية جميلة ,وحبكتها جميلة خاصه النهايه ..لكني قرأت لاجاثا ماهو اجمل منها بكثير ..
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
Kathy Worrell  ツ

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

Great mystery, awesome production.
Apr 12, 2017 Cessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okuduğum pek çok hikâyenin sonunu kolayca tahmin edebilirim, nedense Agatha Christie'ninkileri edemiyorum. Uzun süredir bu kadar keyif alarak bir polisiye okumamıştım galiba. (Yıldız Cinayetleri'ni saymazsak.)

Başta Miss. Marple'ın yaşlanması sinirlerimi bozdu ama sonunda kendimi, onun bakıcısı ile tatlı tatlı çekişmesine kıkırdarken buldum.

Puanlama konusunda objektif davranabildiğimi sanmıyorum.
"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
4.5 stars

Where else in the world you will meet all those coincidences, where all the unlikely people will gather in that one place and then a tragedy happened?

Only in a murder mystery books

For the first half, it was quite a slow read. feels like walking in the fog since you have to make your own investigations and deductions...hahaha.

But it was exhilarating in the second half, especially during the clues (memories, snippets, gossips, etc) organization. It was so excited that I can't
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
Fun as always. By sheer coincidence, my last Christie was Murder at the Vicarage, the first Miss Marple novel. With 30 years passed, Miss Marple is just as sharp, but Christie's writing has matured a lot - more nuanced, effortless, she spends more time on human character and amusing detail - while perfecting the art of misdirection. It was a pleasure to see Miss Marple unraveling the mystery with pure logic.
Abrar Yasser
كعادة كريستي .. لا يمكنك التنبؤ بالفاعل!
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.
Dec 29, 2015 Meera 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
Billie Jeans
رواية بوليسية جيدة لكن غياب ماربل عن التحقيقيات في معظمها جعلها أحيانا مملة و النهاية كانت غريبة نوعا ما .. لم تبهرني كثيرا
الجريمة تتركز حول فكرة واحدة معينة لا قطع مبعثرة عليك جمعها بامتداد القصة .. ربما أنا منحاذ أكثر لبوارو على حساب ماربل
Aug 17, 2016 Meriana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
Another recommended novel of Agatha Christie's!

Miss Marple di buku ini bener-bener kocak. Ditambah dengan kombinasi Ms. Knight yg selalu "berusaha menjaga" Ms. Marple dari seluruh kesibukan yg justru sebenarnya sangat disukai si Nenek detektif itu. Lalu ada juga inspektur Cardock yg lihai dan menyenangkan serta pintar mengambil hati Bibi Jane Marple, si dedengkot pembongkar misteri yg tersebut di atas. Serta serangkaian misteri yg awalnya terlihat biasa, namun pada kenyataannya jauh lebih dalam.
Gossington Hall in St. Mary Mead, formerly the property of the Colonel and Dolly Bantry and the scene of the murder in The Body in the Library, is now the property of glamorous but aging film star Marina Gregg. During a fête for St. John Ambulance hosted by Ms. Gregg, one of the committee members, Heather Badcock, drinks Ms. Gregg's daiquiri and dies. Clearly the deadly drink was meant for Ms. Gregg, but no one can figure out who would want to kill her. Ms. Marple works with the police to unrave ...more
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
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
Jul 20, 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
Aug 02, 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 03, 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
Feb 25, 2016 Eduarda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Esse é o primeiro contato que eu tive com uma obra da Agatha Christie e já estou com vontade de ler mais coisas dela!
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