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

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  15,607 ratings  ·  438 reviews
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
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Mass Market Paperback, 351 pages
Published 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1961)
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Jim Aker
Dec 07, 2008 Jim Aker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classic Mystery readers
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Eric Townsend
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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
Geert Daelemans
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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D.G.
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
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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Sarah ( Paris )
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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Sistermagpie
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
Jade
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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Valerie
Sep 25, 2008 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Grandma Dorothy
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One of my favorite Agatha Christie books. The motive behind the murder was so poignant, and I'm a sucker for Tennyson.
Katharine
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 he
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Deepa
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
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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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
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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Perry Whitford
Defying the warnings of her failing health and the attentions of her home help, Miss Marple decides to take a walk about St. Mary Mead in the direction of new housing development. After a fall there she meets and is attended to by the gregarious Mrs. Badcock, who is kindness itself. Ten days later, Mrs. Badcock is dead, murdered via a poisoned drink.
The murder takes place at Gossington Hall, the newly acquired home of Marina Gregg, a temperamental movie star. Could the drink actually have been m
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Steve
I read a half-dozen or so Agatha Christies so long ago I don't even remember some of the titles. It would be an interesting experiment to re-read them now to see if I could figure out whodunnit any quicker. The thing of it is, if I'm actually slower, I'd never know. That's good.

Susan tells me these belong to a sub-genre they call "tea cozies." Sounds a bit twee, doesn't it? I'm listing them with the more hard-boiled fare by Raymond Chandler to serve as counterweight.
Kate
With it being the first Miss Marple's story I've ever read and all, I didn't really know what to expect. Jane Marple's way of solving mysteries is completely different from Hercule Poirot. She isn't as rational in everything she does. At first sight she's just an old lady, whose health isn't as good as she'd like it to be, so instead she craves for her neighbours' stories. It would be easy to make her into a caricature of a nosy elderly lady. But luckily it didn't happen.
I was amazed by how sens
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Jules Goud
Definitely one of my favourite Miss Marple books so far.

I've gotten used to the fact that the Miss Marple series doesn't have a lot of activity from Miss Marple. We get to see her work through her thoughts and her final solution but that is about it. Christie uses the fact that she is an older woman to have other characters (like Craddock) is this series. But, as always, it is very fascinating to see Miss Marple compare the people that she meets to those who are in her little town.

I felt that th
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Katherine
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side is my very first Agatha Christie! It just happened to be what my library had at the time, and I'm not sure if it was the best foray into the Miss Marple series as a first-timer, but I had fun reading it!

I've been dealing with a nagging cold this Labor Day weekend, and I figured this would be the perfect reading cure, but I found myself a little out of place with all the character names. I kept forgetting who was who for the longest time. All the quaint Engli
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Cassie
Perhaps 3.5, but definitely not one of my favorite Christies. I thought this one was a bit, I suppose, vague. While I did like the motive for the murder and while we are explained why (view spoiler)? I was (view spoiler) ...more
Sarah
Le début de l'histoire est très lent et pas du tout en rapport avec l'intrigue!
Tout au long de la lecture,l'ambiance est assez monotone et la détective (Miss Marple)n'enquête même pas sur les lieux du crime. En fait, elle semble trouver toutes les réponses dans son fauteuil!

Mais, comme d'habitude, A. Christie clôt son histoire par une conclusion magistrale!^^
Margaret
I am often cautious about buying novels without reading them first. However, that changed when I snapped this up at the bookstore LAST NIGHT, brought it home, and began reading. This just became one of my all-time favorite Christies that I've read so far. It sucked me in like a vacuum and wouldn't let go!

I had a fairly good guess at the culprit about halfway through the book. It turned out I was right-- although the absolutely (brilliantly simple) motive was a twist that actually made me gasp w
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George
Vintage Agatha Christie Miss Marple tale. As usual, Miss Marple is able to pull together the various clues to solve multiple murders in her village. Good story with multiple story lines: the murders, Miss Marple's health and her irrating caregiver, and the changing character of the village with the new development and people moving in there.
Alexandra Freire
Primera novela que leo de esta clásica autora y la verdad me he quedado anonadada con su manera de escribir. Aunque si bien es cierto al principio me pareció lento e inclusive predictivo, de la mitad del libro hacia adelante adquirió un tono totalmente diferente. Plagado de misterio, rumores, de comprobar como iban cambiando mis suposiciones del posible asesino, del juego mental que tenía la escritora para distraernos para que el final fuera la mayor sorpresa que me he podido imaginar. Los últim ...more
Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan
The sleepy little village of St Mary Mead is set agog with excitement when the Hollywood actress Marina Gregg and her husband, the director Jason Rudd, decide to make their home at Gossington Hall. Marina kindly agrees to organize a fete to raise funds for the St John Ambulance and as expected, a lot of people arrive at the hall, eager for a glimpse of their favorite actress. Among them is kind Mrs Heather Badcock, who is perhaps a tad too pleased with herself. All seems to go well, till Mrs Bad ...more
Amina
J' ai souffert avec ce polard, contrairement a son habitude, l'auteur a mit du temps pour faire démarrer les évenements, mais ça valait la peine de s'y cramponner, car dans les dernières pages, on a plus envie de lacher le livre (c'est le cas pour tous ses ouvrages je crois lol), le fait que Miss Marple ne pu quitter son domicile, en raison de son âge, n'a nullement failli à ses capacités d'éllucider les crimes les plus complexes, donnant ainsi conclusion finale que les inspecteurs se tuaient à ...more
Daisy
(said to be based on Gene Tierney)

Falls at her age were not to be encouraged.

... replete with inconvenience ...


one character constantly noted as being kind but not considerate--good distinction

Jennifer Zartman
I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. When I first read through her mysteries I preferred Poirot, but after watching the Miss Marple movies with Joan Hickson I find that I like her sleuths equally well. I appreciate Miss Marple's insistence that people share the same traits, whether you find them in an English village or a large town, a maxim with truth in it, though people are also endlessly different. Christie draws unique characters and this complex plot ...more
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