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

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  17,370 ratings  ·  505 reviews
One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been babbling on at her movie idol, the glamourous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure, poisoned by a deadly cocktail.

It seems likely that the cocktail was intended for the beautiful actress. But whilst the police fumble to find clues, Miss Marple begins to ask her own questions, because as she knows - even the m
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Paperback, alternate cover for ISBN 0-00-712098-2 , 224 pages
Published June 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1961)
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Jim Aker
Dec 07, 2008 Jim Aker rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Classic Mystery readers
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Eric Townsend
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
Phayvanh
Dec 27, 2008 Phayvanh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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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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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Sarah ( Paris )
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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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
Geert Daelemans
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
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.
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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Martina
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
My pathway to this book, The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side was circuitous. Last Monday, I read Beyond the Looking Glass: Narcissism and Female Stardom in Studio-Era Hollywood by Ana Salzburg and there was a chapter on Gene Tierney. Salzburg notes that nowadays Tierney is mainly remembered for her tragic story - while pregnant, she contracted German measles and gave birth to a child with severe disabilities, following which Tierney experienced a series of nervous breakdowns. Years later, she m ...more
Antara Bhatia
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
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.
Valerie
Sep 25, 2008 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Grandma Dorothy
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One of my favorite Agatha Christie books. The motive behind the murder was so poignant, and I'm a sucker for Tennyson.
Lynn
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
Jade
Though I’ve had the pleasure of reading Agatha Christie’s books before, I’ve never read her Miss Marple stories – only enjoyed them through the excellent TV adaptations that have been made over the years. The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side was my first introduction to the written world of the elderly yet smug and smart Miss Marple.

A famous film star, Marina Gregg, and her director husband have taken up residence in Miss Marple’s village, St. Mary Mead, bringing the usual celebrity gossip and
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Katharine
I grabbed The Mirror Crack'd at a library booksale, thinking "Oh good, an Agatha Christie I haven't read – that'll come in handy when I want some light reading." Last week I wanted some light reading, but as a matter of fact I had read it. Which often happens when you grab Agatha Christies. I didn't mind rereading, though, since I had forgotten the solution to the mystery.

This is a Miss Marple. I used to dislike Miss Marple – she always seems so smug – but she's grown on me. I may even like h
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Deepa
I started reading this book for two reasons –
a. Refresh the teenage memory lane, where Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Carolyne Keene and the likes were gods for an avid fiction reader like me
b. To assess on how different my view would be if I read this book now as compared to few years back when I had read it as a teen

Agatha Christie is evergreen and her charm does not lessen with the time. She again brings her best with Miss Marple. Since this is once of those mysteries whose timeline is somewhe
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Sol  Gonzalez
Parece que este año va a ser el año en que me leí varios libros de Agatha Christie... pero es que son tan fáciles de leer, tan cortitos y tan buenos.

En este libro en especial me gustó la referencia al poema de la Dama de Shalott, el poema de Tenysson que para mí resulta tan importante porque Agus me lo leyo en una ocasión. El ritmo del mismo se siente en la boca, desde el momento en que lo pronuncias... pero no es del poema del que quería hablar (sin embargo el libro tiene puntos por habermelo r
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Noopur Mishra
I have recently developed this habit of reading Agatha Christie while traveling in train. Her books are effortlessly absorbing and thus perfect for whiling away time during long journeys. The thing that I like about Christie, is the way she does the profiling of the characters. About why they are the way they are. Take Marina Gregg, the lead in this book for example; she describes how great actors are often unstable and how they are forever oozing a certain magic that is hard to ignore. While re ...more
Library-KAT
This was published as a book and in an anthology..... The story takes place in the same house as "The Body in the Library", but for some reason in the anthology this story is first....

Marina Gregg (manic-depressive movie star) and her husband Jason "Jinks" Rudd (famous director) purchase the old Victorian manor Gossington Hall from Dolly Bantry. On the other side of St. Mary Mead is a new "development" where lives Heather Badcock who once many years ago had snuck out of her sick bed to meet Mari
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Aries

Il villaggio di St. Mary Mead è in grande fermento. Marina Gregg, una delle più famose dive di Hollywood ha infatti deciso di trasfersi proprio in questa piacevole località e, per l'occasione, ha invitato tutta la cittadinanza a visitare la sua nuova magione. L'avvenimento però si svolge in maniera completamente diversa dal previsto: una delle ospiti, Heather Badcock, muore infatti nel corso del ricevimento e l'autopsia rivela infatti che è stata avvelenata. Interrogati sull'avvenimento, alcuni

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Taksya
Anche questo libro ha una trasposizione cinematografica famosa (oltre alle varie versioni televisive) che ho visto varie volte e che mi ha fornito il dettaglio fondamentale per la risoluzione del caso. Questa volta però il dettaglio era presente, anche se ben cammuffato, fin dall'inizio... solo che non ci vengono fornite tutte le indicazioni fino alla fine, quando Miss Marple scopre l'inghippo. Come sempre più interrogatori che altro, tante false piste, solito giochetto di mettere in relazione i ...more
Michael A
Christie surprises me at times. This novel is exceptional compared to most of her later work.

In addition to doing her usual stuff, she also has the foresight to make this more clever. How so? Well, set it in the location of a place that featured in an earlier mystery, including some of the same people from a previous novel! Furthermore, having a film star directly involved in the action. You see, movies are our premier narrative vehicle in this day and age. It's where all the real advances in na
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Perry Whitford
Defying the warnings of her failing health and the attentions of her home help, Miss Marple decides to take a walk about St. Mary Mead in the direction of new housing development. After a fall there she meets and is attended to by the gregarious Mrs. Badcock, who is kindness itself. Ten days later, Mrs. Badcock is dead, murdered via a poisoned drink.
The murder takes place at Gossington Hall, the newly acquired home of Marina Gregg, a temperamental movie star. Could the drink actually have been m
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Elizabeth
I love the way Agatha Christie writes Miss Marple. I feel her winking at her readers through some of the foibles of older ladies. I wouldn't mind living in St. Mary Mead with her looking out for my well-being. This book in particular uses Miss Marple's knowledge of people and human nature to full effect. The motive is satisfying, and the characters are interesting. This would be a good one to read following The Body in the Library, as it references the plot of that book in the early chapters.
Hannah
Rather than the typical shocker of an ending where Miss Marple points her finger at the most unexpected of suspects, this one is fairly obvious, although the reasoning behind it was interesting. The actual motive was rather disappointing, though; it really could've been so much darker, more tense, more mysterious, but... well. There've been better Christie novels by far, but a Christie mystery is still a Christie mystery, so it's still worth a read, or a flip through at the very least.
Steve
I read a half-dozen or so Agatha Christies so long ago I don't even remember some of the titles. It would be an interesting experiment to re-read them now to see if I could figure out whodunnit any quicker. The thing of it is, if I'm actually slower, I'd never know. That's good.

Susan tells me these belong to a sub-genre they call "tea cozies." Sounds a bit twee, doesn't it? I'm listing them with the more hard-boiled fare by Raymond Chandler to serve as counterweight.
Kate
With it being the first Miss Marple's story I've ever read and all, I didn't really know what to expect. Jane Marple's way of solving mysteries is completely different from Hercule Poirot. She isn't as rational in everything she does. At first sight she's just an old lady, whose health isn't as good as she'd like it to be, so instead she craves for her neighbours' stories. It would be easy to make her into a caricature of a nosy elderly lady. But luckily it didn't happen.
I was amazed by how sens
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Nikki
Got more involved with this one than with the other Miss Marple books so far... Possibly because of the Arthurian imagery, which is always my thing. I actually felt very sorry for the murderer, and more so for her husband. I suspected from the beginning, which pleases me -- one always loves feeling clever. The Lancelot image at the end doesn't quite work, though.

Interesting to have an aging but capable detective. Everything is rather sedate, in consequence...
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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)
  • They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple, #6)
  • A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple, #7)
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  • A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple, #10)
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