They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple #6)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Does this means that I am getting better at reading the clues? ;-)
Capable, yes; motives, improbable! Take into consideration that one ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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»، ...more
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 ...more
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,
Not one of your best, Ags.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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...more
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880 ...more