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خداع المرايا (Miss Marple #6)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  15,815 Ratings  ·  671 Reviews
A man is shot at in a juvenile reform home – but someone else dies…

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortun
Paperback, 302 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by الأجيال للترجمة والنشر (first published 1952)
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Rosa I don't think so. This was my first Marple book, and I had a rough idea of Miss Marple, so it wasn't that hard for me. Just know some general stuff,…moreI don't think so. This was my first Marple book, and I had a rough idea of Miss Marple, so it wasn't that hard for me. Just know some general stuff, and get reading.(less)

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Mohammed Orabi
Jul 04, 2016 Mohammed Orabi rated it really liked it
ومع تقديم مشروع تخرجي أمس وانتهاء فترة الحياة الجامعية الى غير رجعة اعتقد ان البدء فى التعرف على اسلوب كاتب جديد سيكون خيار مناسب للغاية ، تاخرت تلك التجربة كثيرا ولكن حسنا لابأس ها قد حان الوقت للتعرف على سيدة الجريمة والالغاز
بسم الله نبدء :)

حسنا انتهيت منها في اقل من يومين .
ربما يكفي اسم الكاتبة وعنوان الرواية بان يجعلا القاري يتوقع طبع ونوعية الرواية التي توجد أمامه ولكن من اراد نبذة مختصرة عنها فأحداثها تدور عن وقوع جريمة قتل في أحد المنازل بمدينة تدعي ستوني جيتس وبالتالى يصبح كل من يقيم في
Mar 27, 2015 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Miss Marple, Christie completionists
Shelves: mystery, female-lead
Sure, they do it with mirrors. Apparently in 1952, they could even do it by telephone. By which I refer to phoning it in, because this isn’t Christie at her best. It isn’t even Marple at her best. Still, They Do It with Mirrors is a diverting read, a quick Christie satisfier.

We begin with Miss Marple enjoying a few moments with a dear friend from boarding school days. Ruth now lives in America, but her sister lives in England, and after visiting her, Ruth has a suspicion something isn’t right–so
Maria Gad
Mar 16, 2017 Maria Gad rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery
عزيزى القارىء, عندما تقرا عدة روايات او كتب مخيبة للأمال و تصاب بحالة من الاحباط -تماما كما حدث معى-لن ينتشلك من يأسك الا رواية من روايات أجاثا كريستى
مهما كان تقدم سنك و مهما كانت خبراتك فى الحياة, سيتم خداعك امام عينك بحيل بسيطة و ساذجة
الحبكة أكثر من رائعة
Aug 17, 2014 Lotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* 3.5/5 stars! (I listened to this on audiobook.)
Nandakishore Varma
The title is the only clue to the mystery you need - if you read it correctly, that is.

"They do it with mirrors" is what magicians do, figuratively speaking - misdirection. This is what murderers do, too.

And mystery writers.
Jason Koivu
This is a very strong 3 stars as I quite enjoyed this Agatha Christie quickie!

Having said that, They Do It with Mirrors reads like a Christie-by-numbers novel, written by rote like a facsimile of previous work with just a few of the words rearranged. The characters, the setting, the plot and the outcome, it's all been done before.

I haven't read too many Miss Marple's. The old dear and the settings/situations she's placed in are quite quaint and not entirely my cup of tea. Having said that, I wo
This is the 1st book of agatha christie where I was able to guess the culprit from the start. Only the why of the crime was a surprise.
Dec 18, 2015 Fatima rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
دومین کتابی بود که از آگاتا کریستی میخوندم و حتی از "جسدی در کتابخانه" هم پیچیده تر بود و اینبار احساس میکردم که تعداد کاراکتر هاش بیشتر از کتاب قبلی هست و یکم گیج میشدم ولی این پیچیدگی اش و اینکه تا لحظات آخر نمیتونستم حدس بزنم مغز متفکر قتل های داستان کیه هم برای خودش واقعا هیجان انگیز بود و میشه گفت شیفته ی این سبک از کتاب ها شدم و دوست دارم کتاب های دیگه ی این نویسنده رو هم بخونم ...
Marija Simić
May 11, 2016 Marija Simić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, I spoiled this book by watching serie Miss Marple, so I already knew the murder, and basically almost the entire story (but there were some differences in book, that were changed in serie, small ones), and the entire magic was gone!
But, anyway, I loved that character Edgar Lawson, because he was supposed to be a schizophrenic. However, my absolute favourite was Walter Hudd! This somewhat comes from the magnificent character in the serie (played by Elliot Cowan - note the coffee sc
Fatma Abdelrahman
Apr 27, 2017 Fatma Abdelrahman rated it liked it
لأول مرة أكتشف القاتل منذ وقوع الجريمة، هل لأن القاتل دوما هو أبعد من يكون من ساحة الإتهام أم أن الحبكة لم تكن كما يبدو، لا أدري ولكني لم أنبهر هنا..
Anastasia ^^
Λατρεύω της Μις Μάρπλ... το διάβασα πολύ γρήγορα αλλά είχα καταλάβει ποιος ήταν ο/η δολοφόνος... αλλά όχι το κίνητρο του/της :)
Ana Vicente
I generally love Agatha Christie, and I tend to read her books in one sitting, but that didn't happen with this one.

It's a Marple novel, and I generally do prefer other detectives (it just frustrates me that part of the solution is based on those comparisons with someone on St. Mary Mead), but I don't think that's enough to explain why this book failed to captivate me the way others have.

I think part of it was that I just didn't care about the characters all that much. I especially didn't care a
How ironic. When I have finally settled with myself that it's quite a useless thing to secondguess Agatha Christie's mysteries, it does come as a big surprised that I did guess it right this time. Even though so many smokescreens were thrown in the way, I just can't shake off my suspicion of the suspect.

Does this means that I am getting better at reading the clues? ;-)
Christine Talat
أول رواية أقراها لآجاثا كريستى
النهاية خيبت آمالى كانت سريعة وغير مفهومة الدوافع

Though I was a bit apprehensive to pick up this book as it is the 6th in a series, I got to say I didn't really have trouble following save for some St Mary Mead references here and there.

This was my first Miss Marple story and it certainly wouldn't be the last. But I think I would need some time to get used to the sweet old Miss Marple. She's a detective in the most unconventional sense possible, she can be easily dismissed as a silly old lady, and Miss Jane Marple is smart enough to use tha

Jesus Ismael
I've recently finished this Marple story and I certainly have mixed feelings.
While what I would call the "first part", that is, until the main murder is committed, is long and tedious, the second one moves on faster and the end is really fast paced. I found this aspect reflected in the chapters; being long the first ones and becoming shorter approaching the end. In this sense, I believe that this tale could be told in a fewer pages or even maybe a short story.
On the other hand, there are some as
Jan 14, 2016 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I have read dozens of books with Hercule Poirot, I haven't read that many with Miss Marple, so I'm trying to remedy that. I do like her: the scenes where everyone assumes she is a quiet and harmless old lady are always very funny.
They Do It With Mirrors is a short and fun mystery where, as usual, the solution and the murderer are definitely shocking and quite impossible to guess. Actually, I did have my suspicions about who did it, and I was right, but I only had vague ideas. The solution
Miquel Reina
Oct 05, 2015 Miquel Reina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery, crime, thriller
As I said in my review for "Death in the Nile", Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. They do it with mirrors is a dance of intrigue and mystery that will confuse you with hints, warps and tricks to an ending that the British writer always, always will get you surprised.

Spanish version:
Como ya dije en la mi review para "Asesinato en el Nilo", Agatha Christie es una de mis escritoras favoritas. El truco de los espejos es un baile de intriga y misterio que como su excelente título descri
Classic Agatha Christie, a good mindless read that you can easily guess the ending to because you know that Christie picks the only ending that makes no sense, and tries to make it sound like it's utterly obvious. This is what I love about the woman. I like to pretend that the Miss Marple series is actually the memoir of a schizophrenic old maid living in an insane asylum; this is the only way any of it ever makes sense. Did I just piss off every Agatha Christie fan? Oh well...
Jun 06, 2017 L.B. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Primera novela policial de Agatha Christie que no me gusto.

Miss Marple decide visitar a Carrie Luise, su amiga de la juventud, por sugerencia de su hermana Ruth, la cual está muy preocupada aunque no conoce la causa.
Al llegar Miss Marple nota que los miembros de la familia (tres generaciones) no se llevan muy bien entre ellos, luego presencia un ataque de locura de unos de los personajes mientras que por algún lado de la casa se comete un asesinato. Para luego enterarse que Carrie Luise es enven
May 10, 2016 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find have more to say about a comparison of They Do It with Mirrors with Ian Fleming's You Only Live Twice than a consideration of these works separately. Maybe also because I read one after the other at a time when I really needed them. In both, the stories lead inexorably to the total, delicious defeat of a dirty dog of a villain by a sublimely efficacious hero. Miss Marple quietly breaking through the confusion of a baffling puzzle to let everyone know what's what, and James Bond, depressed ...more
Jan 03, 2017 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's so hard for me to rate Agathas. This is three stars as a book but four stars as an Agatha. Which means that it's better than many of her others. The plot is solid, the resolution is swift, and the suspense is sufficient.
What I realized reading this book that I admire most about Agatha's writing* is her character development. Her books are rarely, if ever, more than 200 pages long, yet I know the characters. She sometimes relies on superficial characterizing tricks or stereotypes to make yo
Jun 22, 2016 Gaetano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una residenza vittoriana in stile gotico è il teatro per un misterioso omicidio che si svolge proprio mentre è presente, come ospite della vecchia amica Carrie Louise, l’adorabile Miss Marple.

Una famiglia allargata, con nipoti, figli e figliastri, popola la villa e tutti i personaggi, sempre ben caratterizzati dalla Christie, sono potenziali colpevoli.

Come al solito la trama è complessa e non è facile arrivare alla soluzione (anche se questa volta, cosa rara, ho intuito chi fosse il colpevole) c
Aug 15, 2009 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does one explain Christie?

There is the truly unexciting prose style, the dreadful exposition-heavy dialogue, the characters that strive even for two-dimensions, and plots which – to quote Raymond Chandler – “only a halfwit could guess” the solution.

And yet when I pick up a copy I don’t end up slamming it into a wall in frustration at its various shortcomings.

I guess that the prose style is just competent enough, and the array of characters (chinless wonders all) archetypal enough for the rea
Ahmad Sharabiani
They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple, #6), original publication year 1952
Characters: Miss Jane Marple, Lewis Serrocold, Carrie Louise.
Abstract: Miss Jane Marple helps pal Carrie Louise, invited by worried Sister Ruth to Stonygates, where arrested boys rehabilitate. Foundation trustee Christian is shot dead in the guest room while paranoid Edgar shoots at Carrie's husband nearby. After more deaths, Jane sees illusions. They Do It with Mirrors original Murder with Mirrors.

عنوان یک: «قتل در آینه»،
Sara Mansi
Jan 26, 2014 Sara Mansi rated it really liked it
عندما تنظرين إلى جانب واحد فقط من أمر ما، فإنك لا ترين إلا ذلك الجانب وحده، ولكن الأمور كلها تأخذ مكانها الصحيح تماماً إن استطعت فقط أن تقرري ما هو الواقع وما هو الوهم.
- الآنسة ماربل

"الوهم هو في أعين الجمهور"
تمتمت الآنسة ماربل بشكل مبهم: كالسحرة! أعتقد أن العبارة العامية التي يطلقونها على أعمالهم هي: إنهم يفعلون ذلك باستخدام المرايا... إنه نوع من "خداع المرايا"!

رواية ممتعة ومليئة بالتشويق "خُرااافية".. أريد قراءة المزيد لأجاثا كريستي!
Miss Marple goes to visit a very old friend and finds herself in the middle of a murder. I was pretty sure who committed the murder and how, but I could not determine the reason for it. As usual, it is a convoluted plot with strong characters and a slight love story with a happy ending (two main characters leave dreary England and move to America!

Sophie Hannah
A very entertaining Miss Marple novel, though not one of the best, perhaps. I did guess the culprit fairly early on. Having said that, the motive is very unusual and excellent - a double layered motive, like in After the Funeral.
Mar 08, 2015 Amritha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gryffindor-mmp
I enjoyed Miss Marple in this one. The premise is nothing new, the usual Christie setting, a family where a murder happens and one among the family has done it. Christie manages to keep the suspense going. This is not the best Christie I've read but still, it was an entertaining read.
Laurel Young
(vague spoilers hinted) I read They Do It With Mirrors under its alternate title, Murder with Mirrors, and I do think the publisher's fetish for making all Agatha Christie's books have "death" or "murder" in the titles does this novel a disservice. "They do it with mirrors" is the expression from the theatre that Miss Marple evokes several times to mean that a conjuring trick has been done to fool the audience (in this case the witnesses). Murder with Mirrors ruins the allusion (not the illusion ...more
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