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Dead Man's Mirror (Hercule Poirot #18)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  5,295 ratings  ·  184 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 1937)
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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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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!!
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...more
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
Janet McCord
Billed as a short story, this is quite long for a typical short story but I picked it up on Kindle. My version contained only the one story: Dead Man's Mirror. After reading "The Christie Curse" I felt the need to delve into the true Christie oeuvre and greatly enjoyed this one. I don't think I've read this one but I do remember it being dramatized with David Suchet as Poirot. An egotistical aristocrat surprisingly commits suicide and, in shooting himself shatters a mirror on the wall. Did the s...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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Nathan Trevor
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)...more
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
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.
Catherine Ryan
A collection of four short stories, all featuring Hercule Poirot. Two of the short stories are extremely similar to other short stories ("The Incredible Theft" similar to "The Submarine Plans" and "Dead Man's Mirror" is similar to "The Second Gong") while "Triangle at Rhodes" has similarities to the full-length Poirot novel "Evil Under the Sun". A good collection of stories
Kailey
Four fantastic short stories with Poirot! The plot twists had me guessing, and even though you can usually assume that the most obvious solution is NOT the real solution, I was always surprised when each mystery was solved. Great writing!
Gerry
Four novellas by the queen of crime writing, comprising 'Murder in the News', 'The Incredible Theft', 'Dead Man's Mirror' and 'Triangle at Rhodes'.

Typical sleuthing by Hercule Poirot with the title novella and 'Triangle at Rhodes' probably the best of the four but the others still good Christie material.

A murder that looks like a suicide, until, of course, Poirot investigates, some missing plans turn out to be not as far away as thought, another murder that appears to be suicide before, once aga...more
Sean Kennedy
An odd mix of stories and novellas - and one so short that it should have really been expanded into a novel because I felt like the resolution was too complex to be believable for the length of the story.
Laurel
This edition contained three stories: "Dead Man's Folly," "Murder in the Mews," and "Triangle at Rhodes." The first is a bit long, spending a majority of time describing family and friends and their impressions of the "Dead Man's" character. It was also very predictable, but still interesting. The second novella was the right length, and the end would have been a great surprise (had I not already seen the TV episode with David Suchet). The final story was too short with very little in the way of...more
Eliana
My all time favorite mystery writer. Plots so clever, you can re-read novels and still not remember who ended up being the culprit. I've tried to read them all.
Julie
A woman's body is found on the morning after Guy Fawkes. At first look it appears to be suicide, but Japp and Poirot have doubts.
Steve
A collection of several Hercule Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie. Two of the three stories involve murder, while the third has the Belgian detective attemping to discover who may have stolen top secret plans involving a new British bomber.

Even lesser Poirot stories can be fun and certainly a great way to test your little grey cells against the sleuth. The story involving the stolen documents would have made Holmes proud.

I've only read a few of the Poirot stories over the years and am finally...more
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