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

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  14,525 ratings  ·  396 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...more
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...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...more
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...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
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...more
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.
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...more
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 he...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Sarah
Le début de l'histoire est très lent et pas du tout en rapport avec l'intrigue!
Tout au long de la lecture,l'ambiance est assez monotone et la détective (Miss Marple)n'enquête même pas sur les lieux du crime. En fait, elle semble trouver toutes les réponses dans son fauteuil!

Mais, comme d'habitude, A. Christie clôt son histoire par une conclusion magistrale!^^
George
Vintage Agatha Christie Miss Marple tale. As usual, Miss Marple is able to pull together the various clues to solve multiple murders in her village. Good story with multiple story lines: the murders, Miss Marple's health and her irrating caregiver, and the changing character of the village with the new development and people moving in there.
Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan
The sleepy little village of St Mary Mead is set agog with excitement when the Hollywood actress Marina Gregg and her husband, the director Jason Rudd, decide to make their home at Gossington Hall. Marina kindly agrees to organize a fete to raise funds for the St John Ambulance and as expected, a lot of people arrive at the hall, eager for a glimpse of their favorite actress. Among them is kind Mrs Heather Badcock, who is perhaps a tad too pleased with herself. All seems to go well, till Mrs Bad...more
Amina
J' ai souffert avec ce polard, contrairement a son habitude, l'auteur a mit du temps pour faire démarrer les évenements, mais ça valait la peine de s'y cramponner, car dans les dernières pages, on a plus envie de lacher le livre (c'est le cas pour tous ses ouvrages je crois lol), le fait que Miss Marple ne pu quitter son domicile, en raison de son âge, n'a nullement failli à ses capacités d'éllucider les crimes les plus complexes, donnant ainsi conclusion finale que les inspecteurs se tuaient à...more
Daisy
(said to be based on Gene Tierney)

Falls at her age were not to be encouraged.

... replete with inconvenience ...


one character constantly noted as being kind but not considerate--good distinction

Ines
This story takes place in St. Mary Mead where the once famous actress Marina Gregg has come to live. Surprisingly, Heather Badcock dies after having drunk a poisoned cocktail at a party organised by Marina Gregg. Shortly before her death, Heather was telling Marina how much she admired her and how they had met years ago. The mystery deepens as the death of Heather seems to be accidental.

I actually solved this crime, which rarely happens when I read Christie's stories. For some reason, I found th...more
Barbara E.
As always with Agatha Christie, this is a good story, well written and had lots of red herrings. You won't guess the killer until the end when the author reveals him or her!
P S Karr
Tennyson’s Lady of Shallot forms the central theme of this Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie. And I loved reading it again to review for my Author of the Month. Miss Marple is recovering from bronchitis. The doctor has ordered her to have round the clock care bringing the over zealous Miss Knight to take care of her.

Miss Marple’s sarcasm is lost on the uptight Miss Knight. As old Dr. Haydock says, the only thing needed to cheer up Miss Marple is a nice juicy murder.

My full review can be r...more
Bruce Gargoyle
Full review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress...

Ten Second Synopsis:
Famous actress dodges a poisoned cocktail. Local gossip dies. Miss Marple on the case.

For the first time ever, I actually picked the ending of this one pretty early on. Hooray for me. While I'm obviously pleased at my incredible powers of deduction, I suspect that in fact, Agatha might not have given this one her all.

It's a satisfying read nonetheless - multiple murders, a cheeky twist at the end, Miss Marple largely hou...more
Emma
I am reviewing this a bit late so my mind has lost some of the finer points of the mystery but I would still like to write a short review.

I feel like this is one of the better Miss Marple mysteries. I devoured it on a train journey and I was so intrigued by the circumstances. The characters are all very interesting and jump off the page. Any one of them could have done it really but only one did. In this book, rather that one of two obvious culprits, there were many. In hindsight, I probably sh...more
Starspeck
Miss Marple is getting older and in this novel it shows...or does it? I've been reading the stories in the order listed on the Agatha Christie website and this is the first one where Miss Marple seems to have really aged physically. Although she is very obviously not as physically fit as she was in earlier years, I felt her speech and thoughts were more lively than in others.

Loved Miss Marple in this one. The murder had me guessing until the end. Though I liked this one overall, I think the midd...more
Brit McCarthy
The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side is my first Miss Marple mystery, despite having read many Poirot, a Tommy and Tuppence, a Harley Quin and a few standalones. By this stage of the books, Miss Marple is getting on a bit in years and clearly not as able as she used to be, but still sharp in mind, as she solves the mystery, more or less, from her chair. My first impression is that she is tough as nails and insightful into people and of course, human nature. It’s this insight, more than your aver...more
Cheryl
"The curse is upon me." A chilling line from "Lady of Shalott" by Alfred Lord Tennyson foreshadows the ending and highlights the plot twist in one of Agatha Christie's best! Published in 1962, THE MIRROR CRACK'D FROM SIDE TO SIDE returns to St. Mary Mead and Miss Marple.

Changes are occurring in the familiar village of Marple's home with a new housing development under-way financed by young couples on the installment plan...there's even a supermarket! Miss Marple's nephew has required her to acc...more
Christine
When Heather Babcock drinks a poisonous cocktail meant for American movie star Marina Gregg, Miss Marple is on the case. Who wants Marina Gregg dead? Is her husband fed up with her temperamental ways? What about her adopted children, who she abandoned when they were young? Then there is her husband's ex-wife (he cheated on her with Marina) who is back in town. So many suspects. Miss Marple and the local police are on the case, trying to figure out who killed Heather and trying to figure out if a...more
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