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They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple #6)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  11,375 ratings  ·  415 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, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Signet (first published 1952)
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Mar 28, 2015 Carol. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Miss Marple, Christie completionists
Shelves: female-lead, mystery
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
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? ;-)
How do magicians saw a person in half, moving the severed head in one direction and the legs and feet in another? This is the question Miss Marple asks Chief Inspector Curry. His answer, "THEY DO IT WITH MIRRORS." Like a series of mirrors multiplying one image to many, murders abound at Stonygates Country home for wayward boys. At a young age, each adolescent has at least one strike against him, making all capable of the crimes.

Capable, yes; motives, improbable! Take into consideration that one
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
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...
Christine Talat
أول رواية أقراها لآجاثا كريستى
النهاية خيبت آمالى كانت سريعة وغير مفهومة الدوافع
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!

Sara Mansi
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!
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
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.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Agatha Christie tale featuring June Whitfield as Miss Marpl.
This was my first time reading a Miss Marple case and so far I have to say I like Poirot much better. This definitely isn't one of Christie's best works - it was pretty obvious from the very beginning who the murderer was and all the characters seemed like a bunch of rather dull half-wits, especially in comparison with other Christie books that I've read recently where the characters and their backstories fascinated me more than the actual question of whodunit? However, I'm still looking forward ...more
An Odd1
"Murder with Mirrors" = "They do it with Mirrors" 2009 (Julia McKenzie)
Elderly Miss Jane Marple is asked by Ruth, friend from dancing debutante years, to investigate trouble at Stonygates, visit to protect her fragile sister Caroline Louise. Carrie is now married to Lewis Serrocold, one trustee for the Gulbrandesen Foundation to rehabilitate delinquent boys. Another trustee is Carrie's stepson by second marriage, Christian Gulbrandsen. Edgar Lewis, ineff
When I picked up this book at my local library I thought that it would be another mystery with Poirot, but it turned out to be Miss Marple.

I enjoyed the book, it has everything that you need in the murder mystery, crazy and weird family members, money, tension and dislike among the family members. It was a fast paced and very quick read to the end. It keeps you guessing and wondering who the murderer is.

I think that I changed my mind at least five times as to who the murderer was, and at the e
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
1,5 estrelas

Depois de uma abstinência de quase três meses, por fim voltei a pegar em Agatha Christie com Jogo de Espelhos

Neste livro, Miss Marple continua a ser a mesma idosa adorável e extremamente astuta de sempre... Mas confesso que o livro não me conquistou. Imaginem a seguinte cena: está alguém no deserto a se arrastar pela areia fraco e a morrer de sede, quando de repente encontra um belo óasis. Ao vê-lo, faz um último esforço para chegar à água, mas quando está quase a alcançá-la morre. É
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»،
lucie parenkyuma
Having to finish reading this book, I was fairly disappointed on Agatha's description of how Miss Marple handled the murder case. Not intending to boast, but then, the culprit is a shockingly easy to guess, compared to other books written by her, despite the unnecessary, confusing clues been stacked one by one.

The plot began when Ruth, an old friend of Miss Marple, expressed her anxiety in regards of Carrie Louise, a frail, but loved by all, also an old friend of theirs. Being a caring and loya
Kate Sylvan
My review of this book is in the form of a poem.

Dame Agatha
So imaginative
And yet
You use the N word
And talk about "queers,"
Which disappoints me, although I know
You wrote in an earlier time.

The denouement of
"They Do It with Mirrors"
Was, shall we say,

This is
Not one of your best, Ags.
Enjoyable murder mystery where Miss Marple works her way through the usual evidence, deceit, reasoning, feelings, and so on. Many of the other characters are working their way through it as well, and it becomes a bit of a race to see who exactly figures it all out. I love this character of Christie's most of all. Miss Marple is steady, humorous, and not given to relativism, only compassion. You might say that I enjoy her company.
Kitten the Claire
This was my first taste of Agatha Christie in book form (as I've seen a few of the shows based on her books).

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it, to the extent I read it in one day, which I haven't done in a very long time.

Her writing style is charming but simple. Makes for a very enjoyable read.
A simple and yet intensely complex story. The trick and genius is in giving us all the clues right from the beginning, but not revealing their meaning until the end. If you can guess the solution before the last chapter, you should be writing these yourself. No Deux Ex Machina is necessary, no previously-unseen twin brother, no obscure knowledge about poisons that only a true expert would know. Although there are a dizzying array of suspects, each one has their own story and their own thread to ...more
Mariel Zani Begoña
So good. As always!

Muuuy bueno. Como siempre
A family running a psychiatric "Reform College" for juvenile offenders is thrown into a tizzy when a visiting trustee is murdered in his room, the head of the family & reform college is "attacked" by one of his "patients" behind closed doors with the family listening, and the matriarch is seemingly being poisoned.

Two more murders take place; one of the stepsons & a youthful offender who both seem to know something they shouldn't...

Before any of this happens Miss Marple is sent down by Ru
Bruce Gargoyle
Ten Second Synopsis:
Miss Marple arrives at Stonygates to check on an old school friend and discovers a family tree more tangled than a ball of yarn in a sack of kittens.

It was a relief, after a few hit-and-miss Marples, to pick up a standard, old-fashioned pyschological puzzle. This is Christie at her typical high quality. The action happens in one place, there’s plenty of opportunity for readers to make a stab (pun intended) at the murderer/s and the eventual reveal is pretty satisfying. It’s n
Michael A
After a long detour into the world of Sherlock Holmes, I'm doing my best to go through the remaining Marple novels I haven't read now.

This one gets three stars from me -- no more and no less.

This is standard Christie in every way. It's an artificial puzzle with a set cast of characters and a few distracting red herrings thrown in here and there for good measure. The trick is to see if you can outwit the writer and guess it for yourself before she tells you. The game, as always, is fun if you lik
Book Concierge
Jane Marple’s childhood friend and schoolmate, Ruth, expresses her concern about her sister, Carrie Louise, and asks Miss Marple to go for a visit and try to find out what is happening. Carrie Louise has always been rather idealistic and she hasn’t had much luck with her marriages, though she has been left with considerable wealth and a large country estate. Miss Marple arrives to find that Carrie Louise’s current husband has helped her turn the estate into a home for delinquent boys, with a lar ...more
I'm a bit annoyed with myself for failing to pinpoint the culprit in this one. That is often how I feel after finishing a Christie, but in this case it was SO the nose on my face! One thing you'll learn after reading a few Christie mysteries is that she will throw red herring after red herring at you...but that, buried deep in a large cast of colorful characters, there will almost always be one about whom Christie is being a little less vocal, a little less explanatory. The challe ...more

Pregata da una sua antica compagna di collegio, preoccupata per la sorella, Miss Marple si lascia convincere a lasciare per qualche tempo la sua casa a St. Mary Mead per andare ad abitare nell'immensa villa vittoriana, di Stonygates. In questa antica magione Lewis Serrocold, marito di Carrie Louise, sorella dell'amica di Miss Marple, ha organizzato un Istiuto di rieducazione per giovani delinquenti. Nell'Istituto regna un'atmosfera di cupo mistero che culmina, poco dopo nell'assassnio di un ricc

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