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Dead Man's Mirror (Hercule Poirot #18)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  5,888 ratings  ·  212 reviews
Poirot arrives for dinner at the country estate of the imperious Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore to find his host in his study, shot dead. The room is locked, making it appear a suicide, but Poirot is skeptical. When the will is read, the savvy sleuth's suspicions are heightened.
Mass Market Paperback, 191 pages
Published June 1978 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1932)
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Jason Koivu
That odd, little foreigner with the strange mustache description Hercule Poirot is at it again!

In Murder in the Mews, a collection of shorts, Poirot's razor-sharp mind is pitted against such stumpers as a suicide/murder conundrum, a deadly love triangle, and a case of important papers gone missing.

Originally four short stories were published under this title, which was called Dead Man's Mirror here in the States. My version only included three stories: Murder in the Mews, Triangle at Rhodes, and The Incre
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Michael
Jan 04, 2015 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christie fans, Mystery fans, bored drivers
Recommended to Michael by: serendipity
Does listening to a book while you drive to California count as "reading" it? It's actually the first time I've done that, but I think it worked better in terms of attentiveness than my usual slow reading rate. I've read a few other Agatha Christie books, and seen movies and BBC productions of dozens of them, and this was the first time I was able to figure out the mystery before the ending In fact, I knew pretty much from the moment they found the body what had happened, which is quite remarkab ...more
Adela C.
Hercule Poirot și inspectorul-șef Japp discută despre noaptea de Guy Fawkes ca o noapte perfectă pentru o crimă datorită artificiilor, astfel încât nimeni nu ar auzi o împușcătură, de exemplu. A doua zi dimineața, Poirot primește un telefon de la Japp și află că o văduvă tânără s-a sinucis la Mews, numărul 14. Ajunși acolo, Poirot și Japp bănuiesc că e mai degrabă o crimă: decedata e împușcată în partea stângă a capului și ține pistolul în mâna dreaptă și nu a lăsat nicio scrisoare de adio.

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Deepa Swaminathan
“If you are to be Hercule Poirot, you must think of everything.” says Agatha Christie
“If you are to read Agatha Christie, you must not miss anything.” say I.


True to the latter quote, each piece of each short story in this book fitted nicely in proper place like a jigsaw puzzle. Every clue carried importance and every character description enjoyed finesse.
‘Mews’ is a British term that refers to a row of houses. But only the first story deals with a murder at this location. Usually in a book of s
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Laurel Young
I'm a little confused because my edition contained four novellas, not three: Murder in the Mews, Triangle at Rhodes, The Incredible Theft, and Dead Man's Mirror. At any rate, all four are top-notch, classic Poirot cases. The "novella" format always strikes me as a tad awkward, falling somewhere between a story and a novel--I thought that Mews and Theft could have been compressed into short stories, whereas Rhodes and Mirror could have been extended into novels. However, as Dame Agatha rarely wro ...more
Nesa Sivagnanam
Murder in the Mews
Japp asks Poirot to join him at a house in Bardsley Garden Mews where a Mrs. Barbara Allen shot herself the previous evening – Guy Fawkes Night – the moment of death being disguised by the noise of fireworks. Once there they find that the doctor thinks there is something strange about the death of the woman, a young widow. Mrs. Allen was found by a housemate, Miss Jane Plenderleith, who had been away in the country the previous night. The victim was locked in her room and was s
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Despair Speaking
What can I say? Agatha Christie's one of my favorite mystery authors, if not authors in general, and Hercule Poirot's one of my favorite characters of all time! He may be boisterous and annoying, but he's worth it! And he DOES care for his friends which is a plus for me!

Dead Man's Mirror focuses on this eccentric man considered to be one of the last baronets. He has been through a lot of adventures over the years and have accumulated a lot of wealth. He suddenly sends a letter to Poirot asking f
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Jennifer
Agatha Christie really doesn't need a review…She is one of my go-to authors for a reading slump or a palate cleanser. This is a book of four short stories starring Hercule Poirot. Each of them put his little grey cells to the test but of course, no one is a match for Poirot!!
KruemelGizmo
Bei diesem Hercule Poirot Roman von 1937 handelt es sich um eine kleine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten.

Poirot riecht den Braten
Mrs. Allen wird tot aufgefunden, alles deutet auf einen Selbstmord hin. Hercule Poirot unterstützt Chefinspector Japp bei seinen Ermittlungen und bald ist auch ein Mord nicht mehr auszuschließen und ein Hauptverdächtiger ist auch schnell ausgemacht. Aber ist das die ganze Wahrheit?

Urlaub auf Rhodos
Hercule Poirot macht Urlaub, da er sich von seinen Fällen erholen möchte. R
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Library-KAT


I found the stories to be odd and can not say I really liked any except the 3rd story.

1. Murder in the Mews: Poirot joins Inspector Japp at the scene of a murder, posed to look as a suicide. Mrs Allen shot herself during a fireworks display and was found the following morning by her roommate, Miss Plenderlieth, in her bedroom behind a locked door.

It seems as though Mrs Allen had a visitor of dubious reputation and was being blackmailed by the man who was seen at the scene of the crime during the
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Jycel
Son 4 historias diferentes y todas interesantes. Siempre disfruto mucho leyendo a Agatha Christie en verano. La reina del crimen nunca decepciona.
Irene Lovebooks
Como dice la sinopsis, el libro se compone de cuatro historias cortas, o relatos en los que el señor Poirot aparece.

El primer relato recibe el mismo nombre que el título de esta obra: Asesinato en Bardsley Mews. Es un relato bastante interesante. En el que el señor Poirot junto con su compañero, aclaran un crimen. Una mujer joven se encuentra hallada muerta en su habitación, puede que no sea un crimen, o sí. Para mí, este es el relato que más me ha gustado, sinceramente. Me ha parecido muy curi
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Cindee
This is a Inspector Poirot novel made up of four novellas in one and they were Murder in the Mews, The Incredible Theft, Dead Man's Mirror, and Triangle at Rhodes. It was a really fast read because the stories were a lot shorter than a full sized book but because of this, I found that it lacked a lot of development compared to Christie's usual mysteries. The stories went by too fast and seemed to be cut short. They all made sense and all loose ends were tied up nicely but it was just too short, ...more
Hope
Several of Christie's best short stories, in my opinion, but I've always thought her love triangle in Triangle at Rhodes was particularly good and twisty (she used the love-triange plot again for Evil Under the Sun, another Christie favorite of mine) and the main character of Murder in the Mews, Miss Penderleith, is sharp and sympathetic in an interesting way.
An Odd1
Dead Man's Mirror
Telegram from Sir Gervase Chevenix-Gore summons Hercule Poirot too late. Second dinner gong calls, but he is locked behind a solid door of Hamborough Close, key in pocket, shot, SORRY printed in scrawl. French door is locked, most footprints smoothed from ground. Poirot finds bag from fruit sellers, smells like oranges, in wastebasket.

Adopted daughter Ruth has family features therefore related. Draft of will showed Ruth disinherited unless she married cousin Hugo Trent. (view s
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Sarah
Of the four novellas featured in this collection, I most enjoyed 'Dead Man's Mirror' and 'Triangle at Rhodes'. Why? Because they were filled with Poirot doing what he does best - solving the murder, yes - but with style and flair, surprising me at the very last minute. Love how the smallest, seemingly-insignificant details are revealed as important (just when you became convinced they surely weren't). And in 'Triangle' especially, Poirot's pointing out of how easily something could have been ded ...more
Jillian
Nov 12, 2008 Jillian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jillian by: Cece
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
Quirky Poirot delights as always, and the unparalleled Nigel Hawthorne narrates superbly.
Christina
This book consists of four Poirot stories. I wish some of them were much longer, like Dead Man's Mirror, which was my personal favourite. I much enjoyed the last two stories than the first two. I felt like the first two were too rushed and I didn't really get into the story as much as I'd liked to be. Triangle At Rhodes much reminded me of Agatha Christie's novel, Evil Under The Sun, where the story also plays out on an island and where there's a love triangle that soon evolves into a murder cas ...more
Richa
A good book. After reading so many books (62) of Agatha Christie, I really understand why she reacts as Mrs Oliver, in such a way so as to show embarrassment about her work. She seems to play around with a setting which comprises a handful of suspects, all lying and hiding and the most unlikely of them, at the moment, is to be the murderer. It is actually repetitive. She must be thinking of alternative scenarios while writing up for her book. These might be used later when she has to meet a publ ...more
Laina
A better title would be Murder in the Mews and Other Stories, which some editions have. Actually four short stories:

Murder in the Mews - Three Stars
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Laura
Four novellas presented in one volume.

The Stories.

Murder in the Mews. The night of November 5th with its popping and cracking of fireworks would be a perfect night for murder. So thinks Hercule Poirot and his good friend Inspector Japp. So, they are not all that surprised to discover that a woman has been shot. But how she came to die… now that is an interesting question.

The Incredible Theft. Lord Mayfield invited Mrs. Vandelyn down to his manor on purpose. You see, he has a shrewd suspicion tha
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Sammy
The four stories in "Murder in the Mews" all work as puzzles, and – at a length hovering somewhere between short story and novel – manage to incorporate enough shades of character without ever tapping the well dry.

There’s nothing groundbreaking here, no, but as an example of “classic era” Christie, "Murder in the Mews" is not too shabby. The title story is perhaps the most engaging, with a murder plot that will keep you guessing. "The Incredible Theft" and "Triangle at Rhodes" are more opaque m
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Rea
The Incredible Theft (Der unglaubliche Diebstahl der Bomberpläne) [April]

43 Seiten

Who stole the plans of a new bomber from the home of a Cabinet minister?

Inhalt und Meinung:
Puh, wenn man sowas nicht immer gleich macht... Und dann auch noch von Englisch auf Deutsch übersetzten...

Aus dem Büro eines Ministers wurden angeblich wichtige Unterlagen für einen neune Bomber entwendet. Poirot wird noch in der selben Nacht hinzugerufen, und sieht sich die Begebenheiten vor Ort an. Am nächsten Morgen bitt
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Nathan
Another great Christie read! This collection was quite good. It surprised me, because I'm usually not a short story fan - sometimes it seems that the stories don't get fleshed out enough when they are so short. But this collection was only 4 stories, and they all got what they needed to be great!
My favorite short here was definitely Murder in the Mews. The character of Jane Plenderleith was amazing - I totally loved her calm, cool, and collected attitude ((view spoiler)
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Mary Ann
Hercule Poirot solves four different cases in the short stories chronicled here. Interestingly, each of the cases deals with how appearances can be deceiving. Fans of Captain Hastings should take note that Hastings does not appear in any of these, although Inspector Japp does put in an appearance. Also recommended are the excellent television dramatizations of these stories, which take some minor liberties with plot details (not least involving Hastings and Japp.)
Carol
This little collection includes three stories, all of which were clever. The first two are locked door mysteries, though they differ in many other ways. Dead Man's Mirror has the usual group of suspects, many of whom are funny caricatures. Christie does a great job at satirizing the faddish easternism of her time, through the rather grand lady of the house who broadly claims to be reincarnated and who talks a good deal about Fate and Karma. Murder in the Mews contained few suspects and the inves ...more
Jeffrey
Originally published in 1937, this novella may be short in length, but displays once again Dame Christie's brilliant mind for plot and structure.

There are two solutions to this particular puzzle, each separate yet connected at the same time.

This is a clever entertainment indeed.

Hidey
Oh, it was fine, nothing too outstanding. Fairly formulaic: vacuous wealthy women who believe in Egyptian reincarnation, proper old British military men, malcontent wealthy youth, gardeners, dead extra-wealthy aristocrat obsessed with the family name...you know, the usual.

Short story and quick read - maybe for a plane or train ride.
Sue Berg

i have this as a stand-alone book from audible, not as part of this four novella collection:

Murder in the Mews (Unabridged)

Author: Agatha Christie
Date:
25-AUG-2010
Narrator:
Nigel Hawthorne
Provider:
BBC Audiobooks America
Running Time:
2 h 03 min
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