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Net als haar dorpsgenoten vindt Miss Marple het reuze spannend als de beroemde filmster Marina Gregg in het dorp komt wonen. Maar dan wordt een van Marina's vurigste bewonderaarsters vergiftigd. En omdat de politie ervan uitgaat dat het vergif voor Marina zelf bedoeld was (en dat de moordenaar het niet bij één poging zal laten) wordt er niemand meer bij haar toegelaten. BeNet als haar dorpsgenoten vindt Miss Marple het reuze spannend als de beroemde filmster Marina Gregg in het dorp komt wonen. Maar dan wordt een van Marina's vurigste bewonderaarsters vergiftigd. En omdat de politie ervan uitgaat dat het vergif voor Marina zelf bedoeld was (en dat de moordenaar het niet bij één poging zal laten) wordt er niemand meer bij haar toegelaten. Behalve Miss Marple....

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  • Brina
    2018-11-18 16:10

    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 and center as murders shake up life in her sleepy village. It is the post war era, and St Mary Mead has grown from a sleepy village to a modern town with a grocery store and upscale housing development. The taxi service has been sold, yet older residents still refer to as its old name Inch. Their is a new vicar and Miss Bantry has sold the prominent Gossington Hall to movie star Marina Gregg and her husband Jason Rudd. Yet, Miss Marple is still a prominent fixture in the village despite all of the changes around her. She is now an octogenarian and still lives in her home, but her nephews have provided her with a live in housekeeper. Her mind is still as sharp as a tack, and her physician teases her that her unraveling of murder cases is what she needs to remain healthy. In this case Agatha Christie addresses ageism is she has the housekeeper treating Miss Marple like a feeble invalid even should she remains sound in body and mind. One day she takes a walk in the new housing development on her daily exercises and encounters one Heather Badcock. Badcock reminds Miss Marple of an old acquaintance who is self-centered in a positive sort of way. The next day Marina Gregg throws a fete at Gossington Hall, and Badcock, who is a huge fan, attends. The evening ends in tragedy as Badcock is murdered. Just what the doctor ordered, Miss Marple is on the case. She declares that no one would want to murder a woman like Heather Badcock. Marina Gregg must have been the intended target, and Miss Marple sets about assisting the police in unraveling the mystery. Christie presents a large cast of characters each with many layers and backstories that have me guessing until the end. Marina Gregg's story is ripped from the headlines as she represents a prominent Hollywood star who has been married five times and seeks life in a small village like St Mary Mead to settle down. Her current husband Jason Rudd highly doubts that Gregg will ever settle down but he showers her with love none the less. Miss Marple reads magazines about the lifestyles of the rich and famous as part of her investigation. As always, she is a step ahead of both the local and Scotland Yard police who are still clueless as more deaths occur at Gossington Hall. Yet, Miss Marple reads people extremely well, and assists her nephew Inspector Braddock in cracking the case before its too late. Even though I thoroughly enjoy Hercule Poirot's use of little gray cells, I am enjoying Miss Marple more and more with each case. In a quaint village no one knows more about what goes on than women who make gossip into a sport, and no one hears more than Miss Marple. This makes her privy to most information in St Mary Mead and has her solving mysteries at an age when most people are happy to be sitting at home. I do like how Christie in her older age addresses the issue of age discrimination in her books. Just because one is old does not make one feeble minded, as Miss Marple proves by solving the case before the police do. It is always a treat to read Agatha Christie, and A Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side ended up being an enjoyable 3.75 stars.

  • Susan
    2018-10-29 15:07

    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 elderly in this novel and has a ‘daily’ in young Cherry Baker, from the ‘Development,’ and has the bossy Miss Knight staying in the house as she has been unwell. Although Miss Marple knows that Miss Knight is meant as a kindness by her ever supportive nephew, Raymond West, she bristles under her attentions and is always finding errands to send her on to regain her freedom.One day, having slipped away from Miss Knight’s careful ministrations, she ventures into the Development and has fall, being gathered up and taken in by the voluble Heather Badcock. Mrs Badcock tells her a long story about when she met the movie actress, Marine Gregg, who is now living at Gossington Hall. The story revolves around an escapade when she was younger and left her sick bed to go to a fete where Miss Gregg was presiding in order to get her autograph. She tells this story again some days later to Miss Gregg herself at another fete, this time at Gossington Hall. To everyone’s surprise, shortly after meeting Miss Gregg, Heather Badcock collapses and dies. Mrs Bantry is quick to inform Miss Marple, telling her that, while she unfolded her story, Marina Gregg looked frozen in shock – much like the Lady of Shalott…It is obvious that Miss Marple needs an interest and so she is keen to learn all she can about the murder; even going as far as gathering up an armful of gossipy film magazines from the hairdresser. When her godson, Dermot Craddock, arrives to investigate, he keeps her informed and it is, of course, Miss Marple who untangles the mystery. For who should murder a perfectly innocent, well meaning, if somewhat nosy, middle-aged woman? Was the real victim meant to be Marina Gregg and, if so, is she in danger? This is a really enjoyable mystery. There is an excellent cast of characters, including the glamorous Marina Gregg, who both takes to her bed and has hysterics with enjoyable frequency. You feel that Agatha Christie really enjoyed writing this and she combines the changing, more modern landscape (this was published in 1962) with the traditional, village mystery, very cleverly.

  • Adrian
    2018-11-09 20:53

    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 right at the start as I was reading, but for the life of me, I couldn't see how it tied in, until the denouement.That said, It was to me one of the most enjoyable of the Miss Marples so far. Jane (dare I call her that ?), because of her increasing age, doing virtually all of her investigation from her house, with the odd sortie to the "Development". Its great to see the re-appearance of Mrs Bantry and to know that Miss Marple (I had to revert to her full title, slapped wrists for being too casual) is still going strong. Bring on the next, which I definitely do have !!!

  • Issa Deerbany
    2018-11-01 23:00

    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 رائعةاستمتعت

  • Jim Aker
    2018-11-03 15:15

    The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side is an English Village mystery of the first order. The title comes from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem the Lady of Shalott. All the Christie touches are here. This is a classic Christie mystery told firmly in her inimitable style with a most interesting true to life motive for murder. There is an interesting aside about the plot of this convoluted tale. It seems that Christie based her story on a real life tragedy. This story was related to Ms. Christie in some fashion regarding the then film actress Gene Tierney of “Laura” and “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” fame. A warning to the reader, the rest of this review contains spoilers.In 1943 Ms. Tierney was happily married to Oleg Cassini and expecting her first child. She was scheduled to appear at the Hollywood Canteen. It was there that she was approached by an excited fan, a woman Marine, who claimed to be "Gene Tierney’s greatest fan" for an autograph. Always willing to accommodate Ms. Tierny granted the delighted young woman’s wish. Shortly after her appearance, Ms. Tierney contracted Rubella and as a result her daughter Daria was born prematurely with severe mental retardation and birth defects. Her marriage to Cassini after a long difficult struggle broke apart due in greater part to the pressure of caring for Daria. At a later post war party Tierney was apparently approached by the woman she had met at The Hollywood Canteen years before and told how she had sneaked out of quarantine for measles to see "her favorite star" at the Hollywood Canteen. In her own words, “I just silently looked at her and then walked away” “After that I didn't care whether ever again I was anyone's favorite actress." It was from this moment that Ms. Tierney’s mental spiral downward began. She had a major mental breakdown in the 1950s. It was some years later, after a suicide attempt, shock treatments, and much time in institutions including a time at the famed Menninger Clinic that Ms. Tierney finally beat her demons back and emerged a whole person once more. But the damage had been done. Large portions of her memory were lost as a result of the Shock Treatments. Her life and the lives of those dearest to her were changed forever by a careless moment and a selfish fan.He said, "She has a lovely face; God in his mercy lend her grace, The Lady of Shalott." Tennyson- The Lady of Shalott Christie undoubtedly read of this heartbreaking incident in Tierney’s autobiography and made use of the tragedy as a plot device for her excellent story.

  • Cyndi
    2018-10-29 22:15

    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!

  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    2018-11-11 20:47

    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, however much things might change, human beings and human nature remain pretty much the same. Her skills and knowledge are once again put to the test when Mrs Badcock, literally falls down dead at Gossington Hall (the former residence of the Bantrys where the “body in the library” was found”. But Heather Badcock was a nice though talkative woman to whom no one could have intended any harm. It soon turns out that the intended victim may have been the actress Marina Gregg who with her husband Jason Rudd, now live at Gossington Hall. The case once again finds its way to Craddock, now Chief Inspector, who reports straight to “headquarters” as he calls it―Aunt Jane’s home. With him undertaking the more active parts of the investigation, and with help from her current domestic, Cherry Baker, Miss Marple tries to put together what really happened, at the same time trying to contend with Miss Knight, a nurse/companion placed in her home by her nephew Raymond West who insists on treating poor Miss Marple as an “old dear” who mustn’t have any excitement. This was a Marple book I hadn’t read before but I had seen an adaptation (with Elizabeth Taylor) long ago so did remember whodunit. But still, the puzzle is once again complicated though an element of it is similar to what one has seen in AC’s books (at least two others, with Miss Marple in one of them). Despite this, she would have (had I not remembered the answer) thrown me off-track quite successfully. There are unexpected coincidences and more deaths along the way (I did find myself thinking of Midsomer Murders and how there seemed bodies aplenty there, always). But nothing can mislead Miss Marple for long, for though she may be older and frailer, her mind is as sharp as ever. This was an enjoyable read for me both for the puzzle itself as well as the social commentary that it includes. Four and a half stars.

  • Veronique
    2018-11-09 18:07

    “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 infuriating Miss Knight, oblivious of her effect around her. I must admit I also hate people using the plural personal pronoun when talking to someone, i.e. “How are we today?”. I’d be crawling up the wall like Miss Marple, but it was a surprise to see her dealing with it, and yes, funny, which was very much needed since this is a rather sad story.

  • Obsidian
    2018-10-31 23:10

    Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars, but rounded it up to 4 stars on GoodreadsIt'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 after World War II. It's not explicitly said, but based on some of the descriptions of people's clothing choices and other things, I imagine it had to be the 1950s or 1960s when this was supposed to take place.Miss Marple is feeling a bit frustrated, because after an illness, she is dealing with having a nurse hovering over her all of the time, and she is definitely feeling her age. After walking around one afternoon (after getting rid of the nurse) we have Miss Marple taking comfort that even though St. Mary's Mead has changed, people are still the same.When Mrs. Bantry (The Body in the Library) returns to St. Mary's Mead, she and Miss Marple catch up and talk about murder. I did love everyone saying that Miss Marple needs a good murder to get out of her funk. And just like that, a murder occurs.At Mrs Bantry's old estate, a Hollywood movie star (Marina Gregg) and her director husband (Jason Rudd) have moved in. During the party, one of the village's local woman (Heather Badcock) feels faint and dies after having a drink. There's a lot of twists and turns to figure out who if anyone wanted this woman dead or was the poisoned drink meant for someone else.This one reminded me slightly of a Poirot book because we have the murders wracking up in this one. We don't have Poirot running around saying enigmatic things though, thank goodness. I have always liked Miss Marple more, maybe because she didn't treat the police or anyone else like they were lesser humans for not being as smart as she was. I liked that Miss Marple and the investigator sought each other out and he treated her like a colleague. It was also nice to see Mrs. Bantry again and seeing her still obsessed with her flowerbeds and assisting Miss Marple. I thought the plot was overall good, there are a couple of red herrings thrown in, but even when I read this for the first time years ago, I still picked out the murder almost as soon as we find out who is killed. This one really did focus more on Miss Marple, getting older, and how much she missed the old way of doing things. I would imagine everything somehow being modern would be a bit of a shock. And to see so many people that you were close to, die, or move way had to be harder still. The ending I found to be a let down. I think it was because I already knew who the murder was so early on even way back when, so it was a bit much to wait for everyone else to get it. Also the final scene with Miss Marple and her guessing at what happened to the murderer was kind of anti-climatic. It's left open ended about what if anything Miss Marple does with the information she guesses at. What made this book so interesting to me is that Agatha Christie based this on a real life tragedy of a well known American actress. Don't go and Google because it will spoil the book for you if you haven't read it yet.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2018-10-20 17:01

    Out flew the web and floated wide;The mirror crack'd from side to side:"The curse is upon me!" CriedThe 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 (presumably, because she saw someone who frightened her - she is unwilling to talk about it) set the police on a hunt to track a killer, who would presumably try to strike again.However, a chance statement by one of the characters provides Miss Marple with a clue to a totally unexpected solution.This should have been four stars, but it contained too many murders for my liking and (yet again) I semi-guessed the solution. But the core mystery is fantastic.PS: After reading the book, please watch the movie starring Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple. It has got Elizabeth Taylor as Marina Gregg and Rock Hudson as her husband - also, the inimitable Edward Fox as Inspector Dermot Craddock.

  • Anfel Bourouina
    2018-11-07 21:54

    أغاثا كريستي دائما تبهرني بنهاياتها الغير متوقعة ,,,, رائعة :)

  • Leslie
    2018-11-03 22:03

    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!

  • Eric Townsend
    2018-10-25 20:48

    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 writing requires a thinking mind, and an active one at that. Unlike many mysteries of the last couple decades or so that let the reader sit back and discover “who done it” with the characters, Christie challenges her reader’s to try and figure it out for themselves, something I greatly admire her for.Unfortunately for those, including myself, that are not used to having to really try and figure out these mysteries Christie does not make it easy. Just as with her other works that I’ve read, especially Murder in Retrospect, the amount of twists and turns is enough to boggle the mind. Christie makes it seem as if any of the people involved could be guilty at one time or another in the book and it is not until the very end that all but the most inquisitive and sharp mind can determine the guilty party with any certainty. I can honestly say I’ve never read any other mystery writer, current or otherwise, that has the skill to do this as much as Christie had.The characters are strong as ever, with Miss Marple being the star as I’m sure is per usual in her mystery companion books. Marple is sharp, even at her old age, and has a witty sense of humor mixed in with a take-no-crap attitude which I loved. She’s a fantastic main character and her alone would have been enough to convince me to want to get the rest of the Miss Marple books. Marina, the film star, has a very interesting personality as well, though she’s a bit flighty and prone to mood swings, which may have been typical of the stars of that age. Though I know Christie develops her characters herself, rather than using real people and slightly altering them as is often done, I’m sure she got some inspiration from the flim stars of her day. If it is an accurate portrayal of what they were like then (this was originally published in 1962) it would seem not much has changed except for stars having to grow better ways to cope with media exposure since it is infinitely worse now with the internet in the mix.The mystery was fantastic and Christie once again managed to confuse and confound me until the last. I loved the story and am thrilled I found the book (at the library sale, aren’t those awesome?!). I’d recommend The Mirror Crack’d, and likely all of Christie’s works to anyone, especially mystery lovers or any reader that likes a good mental challenge.Rating: 5/5

  • Gaetano
    2018-11-17 18:56

    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 trovare il colpevole che ho scoperto solo nel finale e, confesso, con molta sorpresa.Stavolta ho trovato una citazione a Sherlock Holmes ed una a… se stessa in un altro romanzo, “C’è un cadavere in biblioteca”.Rimane confermata la mia passione per questa Autrice che, con i suoi romanzi, riesce sempre a regalarmi qualche ora di avvincente e rilassante lettura.

  • Book Concierge
    2018-11-16 20:07

    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 Mrs Badcock? It appears this was a terrible accident, but that the lethal dose was meant for Marina Gregg. Christie really kept me guessing on this one. There are plenty of suspects, and lots of red herrings. Miss Marple is at her best in using her knowledge of human behavior and deducing the truth. I did pick up on that final clue, but was at a loss right up to that. I also really enjoyed the subplot of Miss Marple’s need for a companion. Emilia Fox did a superb job narrating the audiobook. She was able to give the many characters unique voices, although her deep, gravelly voice for some of the male characters was a little over-the-top.

  • Danyo
    2018-10-24 19:53

    D'estate mi trovo benissimo a leggere... infatti sto divorando un sacco di libri! In questo caso ho finito in un giorno Assassinio allo Specchio... anche se il titolo c'entra poco con la storia (ho sperato di vedere questo specchio fino alla fine ma niente 😂).Ho *amato* l'atmosfera stessa di questo paesino di campagna inglese, con i suoi pettegolezzi, luoghi comuni, voci che girano... Miss Marple è una vecchietta deliziosa, e tutto ciò che fa di contorno al romanzo non è pesante come in altri casi, ma molto azzeccato. Miss Marple non fa che associare le persone a sue vecchie conoscenze, e questa caratteristica spunta sempre fuori. Inoltre molto spesso i suoi dialoghi fanno molto ridere! Anche i personaggi secondari sono ben delineati, come la signorina Knight che, pur essendo definita una brava donna, viene mal sopportata dalla vecchietta (e dalle interazioni questo emerge chiaramente).Il mistero è interessante quanto basta ed un classico caso in cui ci focalizza sul dettaglio sbagliato! Io stesso non me n'ero accorto, ma alla fine la spiegazione data risulta chiara e convincente. Ottimo giallo!(view spoiler)[ In particolare ci si focalizza su cosa abbia vistoMarina Gregg: la sua espressione è davver sconvolta, o agghiacciata, e rivolta verso gli ospiti che salivano le scale (o piuttosto al quadro di una Madonna del Bellini, appeso alla parete?). Ebbene, non riguardava il cosa ha visto, quanto cosa ha sentito! Infatti Heather Badcock rivela di averla vista e salutata nonostante avesse la rosolia, tantissimi anni fa; periodo in cui Marina era incinta! Da qui la nascita del bambino disabile... l'odio profondo di Marina, mai sopito negli anni, riemerge in un impeto mortale di cui a farne le spese non è solo Heather, ma anche la segretaria e il maggiordomo. A questo, ovviamente, ci arriva la piccola Miss Marple!(hide spoiler)]

  • Suzanne
    2018-10-25 18:59

    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.

  • Camila
    2018-11-02 19:55

    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 una mente brillante. Por lejos me pareció que su personaje era fascinante. Me encantaba su humor, su forma de pensar, su ironía... todo, esa mujer es uno de los grandes personajes de la literatura. La historia va sobre un asesinato en una recepción que es llevada a cabo en la casa de una famosa actriz y su esposo. Todo parece indicar que en realidad el intento de asesinato tenía como objetivo a la misma Marina, la actriz.Este libro no sigue la estructura de los otros que he leído, en los que suele haber relatos de todos los involucrados, sino que sigue una línea continua. Quizá eso hizo que lo sintiera algo largo y lento, se tardó mucho en llegar a lo emocionante. Sin embargo, el final, ese final fue asombroso. No me lo esperaba y eso que soy una lectora competente, del tipo que siempre va pensando qué va a pasar, cómo va a pasar o dónde. Pero con los libros de Agatha eso es imposible de hacer.Quizá no es el mejor que he leído de ella, pero sigue siendo sorprendente, con personajes entrañables y un misterio que no importa cuantas vueltas le des no eres capaz de descubrir (quizá fui yo la lenta, porque por lo general tenía sueño al leerlo).

  • Jessica
    2018-11-07 20:15

    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 patronizing live-in nurse at the insistence of her doctor and nephew, Miss Marple is as quick as ever, mentally, but is dealing with her own increasing frailty and simultaneous need for respect and a vital role in life, all while coming to terms with the changes coming about in her village. Also interesting was Miss Marple's creating analogs between people from her past and people in the present--this person is like this person I knew in the past, and therefore I can deduce these things about their character and also about what may or may not befall them. I wonder if that wasn't also one of Christie's own coping mechanisms as her memory began to fail her as she grew older.Oh, the mystery is pretty good too. Lots of red herrings along the way!

  • Gabriela
    2018-11-09 18:45

    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*

  • Cristina
    2018-10-24 23:08

    La fregatura con i libri di Agatha Christie è che ormai ne hanno fatto così tante trasposizioni cinematografiche o televisive che ti pare di averli letti e invece li hai solo visti.Così con questo volume, che visto ho visto ma letto no, finora.Non uno dei miei preferiti, anche se come sempre di piacevole lettura. Movente davvero evidente, stavolta, quantomeno perchè ribadito e sottolineato venti volte, anche se te ne accorgi solo a fine libro, come sempre.Molto cinematografico, in effetti, anche se le due (o sono tre) versioni che ho visto io non gli rendono giustizia, e una aveva Liz Taylor nella parte di Marina Gregg.

  • Phayvanh
    2018-11-12 16:14

    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 the corner bringing in a younger, less Victorian generation, and all their new conveniences. The ultimate sign of the times happens when the famous movie star Marina Gregg moves into Gossington Hall...and murder follows. Be patient with this book, please. It takes several chapters to get anyone killed. And many more for other bodies to fall. Miss Marple solves the mystery without even leaving her house. It's a small leap of imagination. But then again, she DOES have all day to sip tea and mull things over in her mind.What I looked forward to the most in this book was being in St. Mary Mead itself. I really enjoyed my first introduction to the place inMurder at the Vicarage, and wanted more. But this book seems to take place at a time when the quaint village way of life is subject to modern progress. It's sad for me to think of a place I love slowly being erased into oblivion. That's what I saw happening here. It foreshadows a definite end of the series, of Miss Marple, and that special way of life.

  • Hind Riyadh
    2018-11-18 16:01

    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 ..

  • Jan C
    2018-11-11 20:06

    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 clue.Miss Marple's friend Mrs. Bantry has sold Gossington Hall and it eventually lands in the hands of a movie star and her director husband. They hold a big fete for the ambulance service and specifically invite Mrs. Bantry to come to the reception. A woman, big with the ambulance service, is also invited. She has a story about how she got out of a sickbed which she goes on about, both with Miss Marple (when she fell down in front of the woman's house) and with the movie star. Right after telling the movie star about her story she falls dead. So, of course, Detective Inspector Craddock has to investigate. He has an old relationship with Miss Marple and tells just about everything so that she can keep up with the investigation.A fun time.

  • Kelsy
    2018-11-05 15:00

    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 I didn't mind, but it follows an American actress who moves to Miss Marple's village and a murder that happens at a party on the actress's new estate. All-in-all, this was a very enjoyable read, and it was a great book to listen to on audiobook.

  • Cessie
    2018-10-28 22:58

    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.

  • MonicaEmme
    2018-10-26 18:01

    Era nella mia lista di lettura da tantissimo tempo e finalmente l’ ho letto! L’ edizione fornita dalla biblioteca ha le pagine spesse ed ingiallite e questo tocco vintage me l’ ha fatto gradire di più!Non è chiarissimo il motivo del titolo del libro o meglio, si capisce nel corso della lettura, ma il significato è marginale rispetto alla trama che ha come centro focale l’ omicidio (per avvelenamento) di una donna ad un ricevimento di una famosa attrice. Seguiranno altre morti e altri dubbi. Miss Marple di solito mi sta antipatica, ma stavolta mi è piaciuta! Arzilla e perspicace scoverà l’ assassino! Davvero piacevole!

  • Janete
    2018-10-31 15:57

    A great way for me to learning English, because this is not the original book, but an adapted and a shorter text for English as a second language.

  • Wend
    2018-11-10 16:59

    Great read. AC brings in the changes in the 1960's, a new housing development, the hoover. A shame Miss Marple is ageing, but she remains sharp, even if the eyesight is not what is as.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-11-07 20:49

    The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple, #9), original publication year 1962Characters: Chief Inspector Craddock, Miss Jane Marple.Abstract: Out flew the web and floated wide; the mirror crack’d from side to side: "The curse is come upon me," cried. The Lady of Shalott - Alfred Lord TennysonMarina Gregg, the famous film star, has brought some much needed glamour to St. Mary Mead. But when a local fan is poisoned, the actress finds herself centre stage in a real-life mystery. Which other characters from the Mary Mead cast will perish before the credits roll? And will Miss Marple produce yet another stellar performance to steal the show?عنوان یک: آینه سر تا سر ترک برداشت، ترجمه: مجتبی عبدالله‌نژاد، نشر: تهران، هرمس، 1389، در 301 ص.، ۱۱ × ۱۹ س‌م. شابک: 9789643636487هنرپیشه محبوب و زیبا «مارینا کرگ»، به همراهی همسرش «جیسون راد»، زمین­های «گوسینگتون هال» را خریداری می­کنند. در زمین­های آن­ها جشنی برگزار می­شود برای گردآوری پول، جهت سازمان «سنت جان»، بیشتر اهالی، از جمله «هدرکوک»، در جشن شرکت می­کنند. او در جشن مسموم می­شود و دوشیزه مارپل سرنخ­هایی دارد... ا. شربیانی