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The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

(Miss Marple #9)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  28,265 ratings  ·  1,145 reviews
One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended?

Marina’s frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigatio
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Paperback, Signature Edition, 351 pages
Published 2002 by HarperCollins (first published 1962)
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Brina
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
Adrian
Well, there I was all happy that I had all the Agatha Christie books, courtesy of my mother, so participating in the Miss Marple Challenge was going to be fun. Then we got to July and all of sudden I found my mother didn't actually leave me all the Agatha Christie books, so I had to go hunting for the matching volumes i was missing (4 missing out of 39 I think). Anyway courtesy of Abe books I now DO have all Agatha Christie books.
Ok here we go....

You know its strange, I knew there was a big clue
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Susan
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
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
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Jim Aker
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Classic Mystery readers
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Cyndi
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!
Veronique
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2017
“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
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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
Simona Bartolotta
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-italian, crime, 1900
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!
Mara
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
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,
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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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Obsidian
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
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Karen ⊰✿
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: towerteamsvi
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.
Melindam
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.

YAWN.
Leslie
3.5*
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!
Kavita
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
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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
Deanna
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars?

Solid, always right to read, Miss Marple.
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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
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Anneta
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can i say about this book? I loved it from the begining to the end. I had seen the movie with Elizabeth Taylor a few years ago and i could not remember much, except i knew right from the start who the murderer was but it didn't bother me at all. I also consider this book the best case of Miss Marple. Agatha Christie has never let me down so far. Love all her books!!!
Moonlight Reader
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-women
This was a reread - Obsidian Blue and I did a buddy read of this one back in 2016. I remember that I enjoyed it, although I think I enjoyed it more this time around. I find that to be a pretty consistent theme with Christie - my expectations are really high going in, and then I'm pleasantly surprised but not Murder of Roger Ackroyd gobsmacked so I underrate it my mind.

When I go back to read them again, though, I am usually much more impressed, which was the case here. Miss Marple has aged quite
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Suzanne
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I didn't remember reading this until about chapter 2 - when I clearly remembered the killer and the motive - before a murder even happened. It was kind of fun reading it from that side - I do love Agatha Christie.
Jan C
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2017, england
Been a while since I have read this. There were a number of parts I didn't remember. And the movies are so different from the story.

It is stressed here how frail Miss Marple has become and that she needs someone to live with her. And someone else to come in and clean. Miss Knight (the live-in) is being provided by nephew Raymond and she is a real pest. Miss Marple creates errands for her to run, even knowing that things aren't ready yet. And the cleaner, Cherry, is nice and provides a valuable c
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Jessica
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Fred
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three Agatha Christie books within the same month. Good one Fred.
I just love her and once I start, I cannot tear myself away. In terms of favourite authors, she is at least in the Top Two!

Last year, And Then There Were None was my most recent Christie interest. Even though I was so ecstatic about that one, this one has now proved itself leagues past that. This, Lord Edgware Dies, and Murder on the Orient Express have now formed their places in my Top 3 Christie Books. Words cannot express how p
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Gabriela
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, mystery, fiction
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*
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 3 stars

In many ways this seemed more of a social commentary on the the way in which older generations (ie. Miss Marple) perceive Britain in the 1950s. There is nostalgia for their past (simpler times) and criticism for their present times (which are terribly confusing). Miss Marple bemoans the loss of parlormaids, 'real' food, and modesty. Miss Marple, and the old time residents of St. Mary Mead, observe with suspicion the 'new' things threatening their village: there is the 'Development'
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Tracey
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite Christie novel. It started off strong but I feel like ti got a little convoluted at the end. The title is in reference to a poem which is quoted throughout the book.
Phayvanh
Dec 27, 2008 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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