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Le miroir se brisa (Miss Marple #9)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  20,680 Ratings  ·  645 Reviews
Movie star Marina Gregg stars in a real-life mystery when her biggest fan is poisoned. Scene stealer Miss Jane Marple suspects that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else, and wonders who's next for a final fade-out.
Published (first published 1962)
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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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Obsidian
Jun 05, 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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Book Concierge
Audiobook performed by Emilia Fox.
3.5***

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
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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
Suvi
After an Agatha Christie reading challenge last year, I still had some steam left after my final spurt, so I just had to read some more. I'm going to take a little break now from everything Agatha Christie, but The Mirror was a great story to end my trip. After two chapters, I realized I had seen the adaptation in the Miss Marple TV show and this time also remembered the murderer, but that didn't stop me from enjoying how the events and the final reveal unfolded (or how the tragedy in Gene Tiern ...more
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
Phayvanh
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
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Gabriela
Jul 23, 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*
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Audiobook

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

Great mystery, awesome production.
Patty
"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
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Ririn
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. Well...it 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
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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 ..
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
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Abrar Yasser
كعادة كريستي .. لا يمكنك التنبؤ بالفاعل!
Meera
Jan 02, 2016 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
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Sistermagpie
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
D.G.
Jul 29, 2015 D.G. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Julie
Jul 26, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, series, mystery
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Martina
Jul 21, 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
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Belinda
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Marta
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.
Antara Bhatia
Jan 01, 2015 Antara Bhatia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having thought I was not much of a mystery reader, I picked up Agatha Christie so late in life that I am a wee bit ashamed to call myself a reader. I began, inexplicably, with her non mysteries and found them absolutely brilliant. I hoped for the same language style, the same dry humour and the same insight into human psychology in her murder mysteries and definitely found that in 'The Mirror Crack'd'. The nostalgia for a lost language haunted me throughout. The correct, old-world style is hard ...more
Richa
Nov 05, 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 25, 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
Eduarda
Feb 28, 2016 Eduarda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esse é o primeiro contato que eu tive com uma obra da Agatha Christie e já estou com vontade de ler mais coisas dela!
Valerie
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.
Meriana
Sep 13, 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.
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Lynn
May 01, 2015 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Today's post is on The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side by Agatha Christie. It is the ninth in her Miss Marple series but you do not have to read them in order to understand the story or the characters. The cover is broken mirror with the title in the center of the crack. The intended reader is someone who likes mysteries, well written books, and interesting main characters. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main characte ...more
Reese (whimsicalbibliophile)
I’ll be honest, this was probably my least favourite Miss Marple to date. Because it is a Miss Marple and an Agatha Christie, I still liked it, but I guess my main problem was that The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side didn’t have as much Miss Marple as I would have liked. Her character was quite passive, mainly receiving gossip secondhand and slipping tiny hints to the Inspector. It almost felt like the narrative could have gone on, well, without her, and she was a little bit of a token characte ...more
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

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Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)
  • The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
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