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The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

(Miss Marple #13)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  38,630 ratings  ·  1,762 reviews
One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbing on to her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. It turned out to be a deadly poison. But for whom was it really intended?

Marina’s frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. While others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very differ
Paperback, Signature Edition, 351 pages
Published 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1962)
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Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing like staying up late on a summer evening reading a mystery to discover whodunit. Mysteries have long been one of my favorite genres to read. While I have a few contemporary series I do enjoy, there is no one who measures up to the queen of mystery writing, Agatha Christie. I am generally a fan of her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, but I have recently discovered her other famous sleuth, Miss Jane Marple. In A Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, Miss Marple is once again front an ...more
Firstly let's say it's a shame that this does not have a separate entry as it is not the audiobook of the novel, it is an abridged dramatisation starring June Whitfield as Miss Marple. These BBC dramatisations are excellent to listen to whilst decorating (my wife and I have been re-painting some of the rooms in the house). I think the dramatisation is good, maybe a 4 star listen, however as I marked the book as 5 stars, I will leave it at 5 stars.

Ahmad Sharabiani
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple, #9), Agatha Christie

Abstract: Original publication year 1962. While recovering from an illness, Jane Marple goes out for a walk in St. Mary Mead and takes a fall. She encounters Heather Badcock, who brings her to her home and relates a story of meeting American actress Marina Gregg, who has moved to England to star in a film about Elisabeth of Austria and purchased Gossington Hall from Marple's friend Dolly Bantry. ...

Characters: Chief Inspector
Jun 07, 2017 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
A really good Christie mystery for Marple fans.
The victim, Heather Babcock, is one of those idiots that gets on everyone's nerves. You know, a pushy do-gooder that forces their help on everyone?
It's not sad when she bites it.


Some of the plot threads are pretty far-fetched and the coincidences are over the top at times.
But! Still a really good read, in my opinion.

Publisher: HarperAudio
Edition: Unabridged
Joan Hickson - Narrator
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side is one of the most cleverly written murder mysteries in the Marple series. In fact, it falls with the lot I consider to be Agatha Christie's best. The story captured me from the beginning, even before the murder-mystery plot was introduced. The early chapters on Miss Marple and her efforts at adapting to the social changes coming about were very interesting. I was drawn to it to the point of forgetting that I was there to read a murder mystery. :)

The plot is
Jun 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seeing how Christie incorporates the changing times over her longevity has been one of the pleasures of reading all her books in publication order.
It's also the first time that I've felt that this is a latter day Christie.

The novel opens with Jane Marple recovering from illness - she's clearly showing her age.
This is a character that was first published in the 1930's and with a 1960's development impreaching on the quaint village of St. Mary's Mead - times certainly are changing...

With the moder
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Classic Mystery readers
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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
Dave Schaafsma
“Do you remember the Lady of Shalott? The mirror crack’d from side to side: ‘The doom has come upon me,’ cried the Lady of Shalott. Well, that’s what she looked like. People laugh at Tennyson nowadays, but the Lady of Shalott always thrilled me when I was young and it still does.”

The 9th Miss Marple mystery by Agatha Christie, one of dozens of novels she wrote, and one of more than fifty I have read. I think it is one of the better later Christies, written at the age of 72, focused on an aging J
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Do you remember the Lady of Shalott? The mirror crack’d from side to side: ‘The doom has come upon me,’ cried the Lady of Shalott. Well, that’s what she looked like.

I very much enjoyed re-reading this Christie mystery, not for the murder as such - the identity of the culprit and reason branded in my mind - which was very well crafted, but for Miss Marple’s growing loss of patience with her situation. Our famous spinster is driven to exasperation at the administrations of the kind but infuriatin
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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!
Jack Heath
4 Stars. Christie's Miss Marple mysteries are studies in human nature, what makes us tick, what sparks the wicked in some, and how insights can lead to resolution. Here she is at her best. Elizabeth Taylor and Angela Lansbury led a sparkling cast in the 1980 version on the big screen. The clues are there for each of us to find. Glamorous yet faded movie star Marina Gregg and her latest husband Jason Rudd have purchased Gossington Hall in St. Mary Mead and invited the village to a summer fete. Th ...more
Oct 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The people, too, looked unreal. The trousered young women, the rather sinister-looking young men and boys, the exuberant bosoms of the fifteen-year-old girls. Miss Marple couldn't help thinking that it all looked terrible depraved. Nobody noticed her much as she trudged along." (PG. 10)

Miss Marple came on the scene immediately in this thriller. I was excited to see what makes her tick. People make her tick. While her neighborhood is expanding Miss Marple can't feel happy about the recent change
Simona B
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've never really loved Miss Marple, but lately, I have to admit, she has surprised me time and again. Truth be told, in the case of The Mirror Crack'd I may be a little biased because I guessed both murderer and motive, and that never happens to me, but I genuinely enjoyed this investigation and this case. Wholeheartedly recommended! ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read this before but I am listening to it as an audiobook with Emilia Fox narrating.

'Marina Gregg's heyday had been before the rise of supreme importance of vital statistics...
She brought personality to her films rather than just sex.'

Well done Agatha!
Le Chat Noir
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of Christie
Shelves: popsugar-2021
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott.

I had a pretty good idea who the initial murderer was pretty early on so I kept reading to find out why they did what they did. Miss Marple is not my favourite from Christie but this was okay. I also happen to love The Lady of Shalott, both the poem and the Waterhouse painting so that was an added bonus.

He said, "She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott."

5/5 – Stars fo
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I feel like I'm getting close to finishing the Miss Marple series but I honestly don't know. There's just something about Marple that makes these book so freaking easy to devour. These books are just that dangerous but I am enjoying them from time to time.

The thing with The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side was that I had way too many suspects and not enough time to be patient enough to figure out who actually did it. So, I kind of just went with the flow of things and waited for the big surpris
Stephanie Anze
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"They aren't new subjects. It's human nature I'm interested in, you know, and human nature is much the same wether it's film stars, or hospital nurses or people in St. Mary Mead or, " she added thouhtfully, "people who live in the Development."

St. Mary Mead is starting to change. No longer just a quiet village, modern amenities are starting to flood the area. Super markets and a housing development are now part of this community much to the dismay of the original locals. Among them Miss Marple,
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
The sense of melancholy runs deep in this one -- a few too many coincidences, I think, but still a solid entry in the Marple canon
So much fun!

Not one of my absolute favorites (I tend to be more of a Poirot fan) but very satisfying. And it's one of the better Miss Marple ones--I enjoyed her fighting to remain a person and not simply one of the elderly!

Marina Gregg is a famous but faded film star known for her beauty, performances, and nervous breakdowns. Having purchased a home in Miss Marple's village of St. Mary's Mead, she and her husband, director Jason Rudd throw a big party to which the entire town is invited. At a sp
Eric Townsend
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Bobby Underwood
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally read Christie’s Miss Marple, preferring Patricia Wentworth’s Miss Silver mysteries somewhat more. I do love Christie’s wonderful Poirot stories, however, especially the ones which take place in exotic locations. It’s not that I have anything against Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, but the style Wentworth gave her Miss Silver, who was a very unobtrusive figure in her mysteries, is one I enjoy. Of those Vanishing Point might be my favorite.

I do, however, enjoy the Marple films — in
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, uk
Another quintessential Marple mystery! A well-meaning but interfering and self-centred woman from the development near St Mary's Mead falls dead at a party given by Marina Gregg. The American actress has taken the old Bantry house on rent and is trying to make a go of it in English village life with the party.

Thus Mrs. Bantry is invited to the party and sees Heather Badcock dying. The question soon arises whether she was the intended victim? Mrs. Bantry wonders if Jane Marple needs to be consult
Nandakishore Mridula
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
While I find the way Miss Marple deals with her increased age more relevant now that my parents are in their late 80s, I still don't really like this one.

Emilia Fox does a good narration (though I found her American accents didn't sound like any American I know!); too bad I couldn't find an audiobook edition narrated by Joan Hickson!
Karen ⊰✿
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: towerteams_vi
Another nicely convoluted story line which has you guessing to the end.

Although I do enjoy Miss Marple, I think Poirot is still my favourite Christie detective. Often Miss Marple is on the sidelines and not directly into the story the way that Poirot is so may that is part of it? Still, so interesting that Christie would create an amateur detective like Marple. Very unique.
Not as underwhelming as Postern of Fate (that is the AC book I found the worst), but - AND I REALLY HATE TO SAY THIS ABOUT AN AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOK- still boring, dragging and most of the time pointless.

Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 af
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars?

Solid, always right to read, Miss Marple.
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