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The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple #9)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  22,580 Ratings  ·  758 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.
Paperback, alternate cover for ISBN 0-00-712098-2 , 224 pages
Published June 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1962)
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Nadine It is explained that bot Ella and Giuseppe tried to blackmail Marina. She had access to the nasal inhaler for Ella and Giuseppe just needed to be…moreIt is explained that bot Ella and Giuseppe tried to blackmail Marina. She had access to the nasal inhaler for Ella and Giuseppe just needed to be shot. After all, Marina either committed suicide, or was killed by her husband to avoid her going to jail, so nothing could have been proved completely. I have always gone for the husband killing Giuseppe, and then killing Marina, and all letting it just flow under the bridge to allow no nasty gossip to remain.(less)
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Meredith Wikipedia entry for Gene Tierney says so :) her multiple romances and marriages were public and common knowledge and she also suffered from manic…moreWikipedia entry for Gene Tierney says so :) her multiple romances and marriages were public and common knowledge and she also suffered from manic depression as does Marina Gregg in the novel.(less)
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Susan
Jun 07, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Miss Marple novel is set in St Mary Mead, but it is a village that has seen changes. Miss Marple’s old friend, Dolly Bantry, has sold Gossington Hall and moved into the East Lodge, while ‘the Development’ – a new housing estate, encroaches on the very outskirts of the village. There is even a supermarket, which is viewed with suspicion by elderly ladies, who enjoy shopping as a form of social interaction and are not necessarily in a rush to hurl items into a basket. Miss Marple is more elde ...more
Issa Deerbany
Feb 15, 2017 Issa Deerbany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
احدى المدعوات الى حفل خيري تموت فجأة عن طريق التسمم
من قتلها في هذا الحشد الكبير .
بعد التحقيقات يتبين انها ليست المقصودة بل واعية الحفل ممثلة شابة.
لغز مثير ومشوق
والسيدة العجوز مَس ماربل استطاعت ان تحلل القضية بطريقة تحليلية رائعة

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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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Cyndi
May 17, 2017 Cyndi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I really thought I had this one figured out.
It begins to look like a famous actress has a murderer after her. Luckily the main detective on the case has this sweet little old aunt who is really nosy.
Miss Marple finds clues no one else does and has a line of gossipy friends. Gotta love Agatha Christie!
Nandakishore Varma
Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side:
"The curse is upon me!" Cried
The Lady of Shallot.

Another classic of typical Christie misdirection. During a party hosted by the famous actress Marina Gregg, her rather silly fan Heather Babcock is killed through a poisoned drink - but it soon comes out that that drink was meant for the actress herself. That, coupled with the actress's horrified expression as she stared at something over Heather's shoulder as she prattled (p
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Anfel
أغاثا كريستي دائما تبهرني بنهاياتها الغير متوقعة ,,,,

رائعة :)
Obsidian
Jun 03, 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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Gaetano
Jun 18, 2017 Gaetano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bellissimo giallo della Christie con l’adorabile Miss Marple alle prese con… lo scorrere del tempo: l’età avanza e, con insofferenza, deve tenerne conto anche lei.

Tutti sembrano un po’ invecchiati, il medico, le amiche, il borgo e persino i protagonisti del mondo del cinema.

Non è cambiato, però, lo smalto dell’investigatrice che, anche questa volta, riuscirà a dipanare una matassa ingarbugliata più del solito.

Naturalmente, come quasi sempre accade con i libri della Christie, non sono riuscito a
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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
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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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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Book 8 for the Miss Marple Challenge. This one takes us back to St Mary Mead but what a different St Mary Mead it is. No long the quiet, quaint country village, many changes have taken place. The old country homes sold, a new “development” with new inhabitants, a department store, and even a film studio close by. The older residents of St Mary Mead―Miss Marple among them―try to come to terms with and adapt to the changes, thankful for what is left of the old life. But Miss Marple soon realises, ...more
Camila
Dec 24, 2016 Camila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me-gustó, 2016
Este libro se me hizo algo pesado, usualmente leo en el transporte público, pero con este me daba sueño así que no podía. En sí, no me encontraba especialmente metida en la historia, como me pasó con las otras que he leído de Agatha, debe ser la que menos me ha gustado. Aunque, claro, eso no significa que no lo haya hecho, sino que los otros libros me han parecido prácticamente perfectos.

En este caso no tenemos al conocido Hércules Poirot, sino que a Miss Marple, una anciana de buena cuna con un
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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
Gabriela
May 31, 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*
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 ..
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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Kelsy
Jun 06, 2017 Kelsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobooks
I simply adored this installment in the Miss Marple series. I'm reading them quite out of order, so I'm unaware of a lot of the surrounding context, but in this one, Miss Marple has a live-in assistant who coddles her and drives her crazy. (This seems like a fairly recent development.) I loved the portrayal of aging and how frustrating it would be to rely on other people, especially for someone as keen-witted and capable as Miss Marple.

The mystery itself seemed to be less of a focus here, which
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Cessie
Apr 12, 2017 Cessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okuduğum pek çok hikâyenin sonunu kolayca tahmin edebilirim, nedense Agatha Christie'ninkileri edemiyorum. Uzun süredir bu kadar keyif alarak bir polisiye okumamıştım galiba. (Yıldız Cinayetleri'ni saymazsak.)

Başta Miss. Marple'ın yaşlanması sinirlerimi bozdu ama sonunda kendimi, onun bakıcısı ile tatlı tatlı çekişmesine kıkırdarken buldum.

Puanlama konusunda objektif davranabildiğimi sanmıyorum.
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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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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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.
Abrar Yasser
كعادة كريستي .. لا يمكنك التنبؤ بالفاعل!
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.
Meera
Dec 29, 2015 Meera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vraiment, je ne m'attendais pas à cette fin. Chapeau Mme Christie.
Shinta Amalia
May 25, 2017 Shinta Amalia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like how the protagonist/heroine in this story successfully elaborate all the way she gets the clue and etc, yet the turn at the end is unexpected. Recommended to try Miss Marple for a fan of Hercule Poirot ✊🏻
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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Billie Jeans
رواية بوليسية جيدة لكن غياب ماربل عن التحقيقيات في معظمها جعلها أحيانا مملة و النهاية كانت غريبة نوعا ما .. لم تبهرني كثيرا
الجريمة تتركز حول فكرة واحدة معينة لا قطع مبعثرة عليك جمعها بامتداد القصة .. ربما أنا منحاذ أكثر لبوارو على حساب ماربل
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvSo2...
***
3/5
Meriana
Aug 17, 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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Nanosynergy
Gossington Hall in St. Mary Mead, formerly the property of the Colonel and Dolly Bantry and the scene of the murder in The Body in the Library, is now the property of glamorous but aging film star Marina Gregg. During a fête for St. John Ambulance hosted by Ms. Gregg, one of the committee members, Heather Badcock, drinks Ms. Gregg's daiquiri and dies. Clearly the deadly drink was meant for Ms. Gregg, but no one can figure out who would want to kill her. Ms. Marple works with the police to unrave ...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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  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
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