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Ein Miss-Marple-Krimi von der Queen of Crime Agatha ChristieEs muss sich um ein Gerücht gehandelt haben, denn als Miss Marple ihre angeblich gefährdete Jugendfreundin Carrie Louise auf dem feudalen Landsitz Stonygate besucht, findet sie eitel Sonnenschein und Harmonie. Trotzdem traut sie dem Frieden nicht recht und bleibt. Die drei Morde aber kann sie nicht verhindern. ErsEin Miss-Marple-Krimi von der Queen of Crime Agatha ChristieEs muss sich um ein Gerücht gehandelt haben, denn als Miss Marple ihre angeblich gefährdete Jugendfreundin Carrie Louise auf dem feudalen Landsitz Stonygate besucht, findet sie eitel Sonnenschein und Harmonie. Trotzdem traut sie dem Frieden nicht recht und bleibt. Die drei Morde aber kann sie nicht verhindern. Erst danach gelingt es ihr, die Ereignisse zu durchschauen....

Title : Fata Morgana
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ISBN : 9783596511990
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Number of Pages : 295 Pages
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Fata Morgana Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-05-22 02:01

    Although I was certain that I had read all of the Miss Marple novels, I really cannot recall having read this before. This novel sees Miss Marple meeting up with an old friend. Ruth Van Rydock and her sister, Carrie Louise, knew Jane Marple as a young girl, when they were visiting Florence. Now Ruth is returning to America, but she confesses that she is concerned about her sister. Carrie Louise, like Ruth, has been married several times. Her latest husband is Lewis Serrocold, an idealist who runs an establishment for juvenile criminals. Ruth cannot put her finger on why she is so worried about Carrie Louise, but she asks Miss Marple to go and stay at Stonygates.Miss Marple visits Carrie Louise as asked, where she meets the various inhabitants of the house – including Carrie Louise’s daughter, Mildred, her granddaughter, Gina, Gina’s American husband, her step sons, Carrie Louise’s companion, Miss Bellever, and various other members of the household. Like Ruth, Miss Marple is unable to quite put her finger on what seems wrong – but it is obvious that something is and, before long, there is a murder in the house.This is an unusual setting for a Miss Marple novel; although the juvenile delinquents are very much on the edges of the storyline; in many ways leaving this a typical country house murder mystery. I enjoyed the characters and the way that Miss Marple solved the crime. It was wonderful to discover a Miss Marple novel I could not remember and made reading it even more enjoyable.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-05-10 23:03

    This is a very strong 3 stars as I quite enjoyed this Agatha Christie quickie!Having said that, They Do It with Mirrors reads like a Christie-by-numbers novel, written by rote like a facsimile of previous work with just a few of the words rearranged. The characters, the setting, the plot and the outcome, it's all been done before. I haven't read too many Miss Marple's. The old dear and the settings/situations she's placed in are quite quaint and not entirely my cup of tea. Having said that, I wouldn't say no to further Miss Marples. Reading this series is like spending time with a clever granny, and who doesn't need some of that in their lives?!They Do It with Mirros may not be one of Christie's absolute best, but it works and should satisfy most mystery readers.

  • Mohammed Orabi
    2019-04-29 00:18

    ومع تقديم مشروع تخرجي أمس وانتهاء فترة الحياة الجامعية الى غير رجعة اعتقد ان البدء فى التعرف على اسلوب كاتب جديد سيكون خيار مناسب للغاية ، تاخرت تلك التجربة كثيرا ولكن حسنا لابأس ها قد حان الوقت للتعرف على سيدة الجريمة والالغاز بسم الله نبدء :)حسنا انتهيت منها في اقل من يومين .ربما يكفي اسم الكاتبة وعنوان الرواية بان يجعلا القاري يتوقع طبع ونوعية الرواية التي توجد أمامه ولكن من اراد نبذة مختصرة عنها فأحداثها تدور عن وقوع جريمة قتل في أحد المنازل بمدينة تدعي ستوني جيتس وبالتالى يصبح كل من يقيم في ذلك المنزل داخل دائرة الشك الا ان تكشف الرواية فى نهايتها عن هواية القاتل يقال ان أجاثا كريستي هي سيدة الجريمة والغموض وان اعمالها لن تجعلك تمل او تشعر بالضجر وان الحيرة لن تفارقك من أول صفحات الرواية وحتى أخر صفحات العمل وكشف اللغز الذي كان بها .. ربما تنجح وتصيب فى توقعك حول هواية القاتل وربما تنجح السيدة اجاثا كريستي فى خداعك ولكن فى النهاية ستجد نفسك امام حبكة قوية وتحكم رائع من جهة المؤلفة فى الشخصيات التي خلقتها والتى كانت على قدر كبير من التنوع والاختلاف فى السلوك والطبائع لدرجة تجعلك تشك في معظمها ان لم يكن كلها ، لذلك اعتقد ان وجود هذا العدد الكبير من الشخصيات مثل اضافة كبيرة للرواية وساهم فى اضافة المزيد من الغموض بها " لقد أراد أن يلعب دور الإله ونسى أننا نحن البشر لسنا إلا أدوات متواضعة لتحقيق إرادة الله في الأرض ، ولا يجب أن نتجاوز هذا الدور .." دائما ما أري ان الادب الجيد هو الادب الذي يهتم بتقديم رسالة سامية وليس فقط الاهتمام بان يجعل القاري يقضى وقت ممتع بصحبة العمل ثم بمجرد الانتهاء منه يشعر بانه خرج خالى الوفاض وبان الكتاب لم يقدم له سوى التسلية فقط .. التسلية قضاء الوقت الممتع من السهل الحصول عليه ولكن اعلاء القيم النبيلة وتهذيب النفس وتغيير الفكر مهمة شاقة تقع على عاتق المثقفين والادباء وبالتالى فان الكاتبة تقدم فى تلك الرواية رسالة هامة وهى ان الغاية لا تبرر الوسيلة وانك لو حاولت ان تفعل خيرا ولكن اتخذت طريق غير نبيل من اجل تحقيقه فهذا لا يجعلك انسان برئ امام نفسك وامام الاخرين .. ربما يكون في ذلك حرق للاحداث ولكن كان يجب ان اذكر ذلك لان هذه النقطة من اكثر النقاط التى لفتت انتباهي بالرواية واثارت اعجابى .. في النهاية اعتقد انها ليست اشهر اعمال الكاتبة وريما لا تكون الافضل الا انها بداية جيدة لتعارف بين كاتبة هى واحدة من اهم كتاب الادب العالمي وبين القاري الذي لم يتعرف عليها من قبل ..

  • Carol.
    2019-05-18 22:54

    Sure, they do it with mirrors. Apparently in 1952, they could even do it by telephone. By which I refer to phoning it in, because this isn’t Christie at her best. It isn’t even Marple at her best. Still, They Do It with Mirrors is a diverting read, a quick Christie satisfier.We begin with Miss Marple enjoying a few moments with a dear friend from boarding school days. Ruth now lives in America, but her sister lives in England, and after visiting her, Ruth has a suspicion something isn’t right–something besides the 200 criminals living on the property. Ruth’s sister Carrie Louise and her current husband are running a school for juvenile delinquents, hoping to reform the youth through applied psychology. Also in residence are Carrie Louise’s attendant, her two step-sons, her grand-daughter and her American husband, and Carrie’s widowed daughter. Ruth can’t tell Jane any concrete reason why she feels anxious about her sister, but would like Miss Marple to put her gentle investigatory skills to work.I love the few moments we have Miss Marple’s backstory as she shares reminiscences with Ruth and Carrie Louise. Despite her fondness for the universals of human nature, Miss Marple so rarely draws stories from herself–she finds most parallels in neighbors and acquaintances. Now that I think about it, I suspect that is one of the reasons I was always so fond of Miss Marple: she’s the antithesis of the attention-seeking narcissist, an all-too-familiar figure (ahem, Poirot). Moreover, Miss Marple is self-aware and is at peace with it: “Everyone’s life has a tempo. Ruth’s was presto whereas Miss Marple’s was content to be adagio.”The setting is a country estate in shabby condition, and revolves more around gossiping conversation than fact-finding. I didn’t note Miss Marple displaying her usual acumen, and thought she appeared to be led astray rather easily. Christie seemed to be telegraphing as well, but that is a tricky call for me–I’ve read most of her works decades ago so I can never tell what I’m remembering from reading, and what I might be deciphering.Interestingly, I don’t remember noticing Christie’s subtle humor when I was younger, but I’m enjoying her sly asides now. Here it generally plays out in discussions with the police:“‘I shouldn’t think anybody else,’ said Miss Marple…’I just happened to be looking out of my window–at some birds.’‘Birds?’‘Birds.’ Miss Marple added after a moment or two: ‘I thought, perhaps, they might be siskins.’Inspector Curry was uninterested in siskins.”Characterization was largely straightforward, following general character stereotypes with one or two developed above the rest. Again, the police provide some amusement. Watch Dame Christie get a jab or two in:“She looked, Inspector Curry reflected, exactly as the relict of a Canon of the Established Church should look–which was almost odd, because so few people ever did look like what they really were.Even the tight line of her lips had an ascetic Ecclesiatical flavour. She expressed Christian Endurance, and possibly Christian Fortitude. But not, Curry thought, Christian Charity.”The rather slow build of the beginning has a nicely murderous payoff, then followed by even more disaster. The culmination, however, seemed hasty and morally simplified and borrowed (or heralded?) another Christie ending. Overall, it was fun, if not particularly suspenseful or logical. Entertaining and quick, perfect for a break between projects.

  • Maria Gad
    2019-04-23 02:53

    عزيزى القارىء, عندما تقرا عدة روايات او كتب مخيبة للأمال و تصاب بحالة من الاحباط -تماما كما حدث معى-لن ينتشلك من يأسك الا رواية من روايات أجاثا كريستى مهما كان تقدم سنك و مهما كانت خبراتك فى الحياة, سيتم خداعك امام عينك بحيل بسيطة و ساذجة الحبكة أكثر من رائعة

  • Veronique
    2019-05-10 01:01

    “We’re all mad, dear lady,” he said as he ushered her in through the door. “That’s the secret of existence. We’re all a little mad.”Another very good murder mystery. This one was perhaps a little light on the plot but on the other hand focused a lot more on the characters and their motivations. It also felt very much like theatre, which in light of the context made perfect sense. We have our cast of suspects all gathered in one setting, an old English family country home, and more secrets stashed in corners than you could imagine, with our beloved Miss Marple trading all these treacherous waters like a duck to water. The 'conjuring trick' was also brilliantly conceived and executed. I do wonder if this has been used in real life - more than likely :O)

  • Lotte
    2019-05-10 22:57

    * 3.5/5 stars! (I listened to this on audiobook.)

  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    2019-05-19 04:01

    Book 11 for the Miss Marple challenge. Miss Marple finds herself in a very different setting, a juvenile delinquents home/college when she is asked by old friend Ruth Van Rydock to look into the situation of her sister Carrie Louise. Carrie Louise, also Miss Marple’s friend from her school days in Italy, lives in an old Victorian mansion and her husband Lewis Serrocold runs a centre for juveniles focusing on rehabilitation. Carrie Louise has been married twice before and her relations, children, stepchildren from her previous marriages also live in the house or are regular visitors. There are a lot of tensions in the house, not everyone agreeing with Lewis and Carrie Lousie’s idealism or at least not wanting that to be practiced so close home. Ruth has sensed something wrong but can’t point her finger at it, and Miss Marple too when she first arrives there can’t quite make it out. But soon, there is a heated scene between one of the juvenile inmates and Lewis and alongside an actual murder, the motive for which no one can guess. Inspector Curry, in charge of the investigation finds Miss Marple sharp and on looking into her learns of her “record” and skills and begins to rely on her help solving things. Once again we find, however “modern” or different the setting, human beings are just the same everywhere. Agatha Christie yet again showed in this one that she knows people and human nature, and its complexities. Some of the ideas of how people ought to be reminded me of the same in Enid Blyton’s books (a “weak” or “sappy” character being seen as less than ideal), though these were of course the characters’ thoughts and probably prevalent thoughts at the time. This time around Miss Marple seems to have some trouble with finding parallels to some of the people she meets immediately and it is a change in perspective (from one of the characters) that points her in the right direction. While I did remember whodunit some way into the book (or at least caught on to it but because I had read it before), I enjoyed my revisit―how she drew out and treated the characters (likeable or otherwise) in particular.

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2019-04-22 02:53

    2.5A thing about Christie's Miss Marple novels that I don't like is that some of them (though not many, fortunately) give off this impression of laziness, which I found particularly unpleasant as I usually end not knowing what to make of them. This is precisely what happened with They Do It With Mirrors. I found it lazy, and I was disappointed. Not one of Christie's best.

  • Lata
    2019-05-21 04:02

    Ms. Marple spends some time with an old friend of hers, and stumbles on a murder. There wasn't a lot of extraneous stuff going on in this story (unlike Nemesis) and you get a sense of the various characters around Ms. Marple's friend. In retrospect, I realized that Christie had laid out some pretty big clues pointing to the baddie.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-05-05 03:15

    The title is the only clue to the mystery you need - if you read it correctly, that is."They do it with mirrors" is what magicians do, figuratively speaking - misdirection. This is what murderers do, too.And mystery writers.

  • Poonam
    2019-04-30 23:04

    This is the 1st book of agatha christie where I was able to guess the culprit from the start. Only the why of the crime was a surprise.

  • Fatima
    2019-05-09 03:10

    دومین کتابی بود که از آگاتا کریستی میخوندم و حتی از "جسدی در کتابخانه" هم پیچیده تر بود و اینبار احساس میکردم که تعداد کاراکتر هاش بیشتر از کتاب قبلی هست و یکم گیج میشدم ولی این پیچیدگی اش و اینکه تا لحظات آخر نمیتونستم حدس بزنم مغز متفکر قتل های داستان کیه هم برای خودش واقعا هیجان انگیز بود و میشه گفت شیفته ی این سبک از کتاب ها شدم و دوست دارم کتاب های دیگه ی این نویسنده رو هم بخونم ...

  • Ashley
    2019-05-12 00:02

    I think I've come to the conclusion that I prefer Poirot books to Marple ones, but this one started off really well! One of the reasons I usually like Poirot better is that he's usually more involved in the narrative. Miss Marple usually sidles in at the last moment and mostly does her work off page. But here, she was present from page one. Unfortunately, I just lost my motivation about halfway through as the mystery itself didn't really hold my attention.Miss Marple's childhood friend Ruth Van Rydock has recently visited her sister Carrie Louise at her Victorian estate, which is now home to a home for delinquent boys, run by Carrie Louise's third husband, a well known philanthropist. While there, she sensed something was off, and asks Miss Marple to visit and see what she can find, as she's worried for her sister. She knows Miss Marple has a head for clues, and more important, grew up with Carrie Louise and will be able to read her better than most.Miss Marple isn't there long when something does go off, and that is a gun. And then a body is found. Carrie Louise's stepson from a previous marriage is found dead, while everyone else was witnessing a violent altercation between her husband and one of the delinquent boys.Police are called in to investigate, but of course it's Miss Marple that really wins the day, as usual. I had fun listening to this (Emilia Fox as narrator is always so soothing), but it's not my favorite Marple, and definitely not one of the best I've read from Christie.[3.5 stars]

  • Marija Simić
    2019-05-09 23:58

    Unfortunately, I spoiled this book by watching serie Miss Marple, so I already knew the murder, and basically almost the entire story (but there were some differences in book, that were changed in serie, small ones), and the entire magic was gone!But, anyway, I loved that character Edgar Lawson, because he was supposed to be a schizophrenic. However, my absolute favourite was Walter Hudd! This somewhat comes from the magnificent character in the serie (played by Elliot Cowan - note the coffee scene with Miss Marple)- but also in book, we see this guy, a bitter, grumpy husband, who by the end of a book turns into such a romantic, caring man, it's so beautiful. Love really can change us!But, as Agatha said, it's also important to remember, to be good AND stay humble. And when one kills once, it's more than likely he will kill twice, and so on. I literally have nightmares of how easy is to kill. So, warm recommendations, it's easy read, interesting story, the killer is using a magician's trick, and he did it with mirrors!

  • Lisa
    2019-05-08 22:52

    An exciting and absorbing Miss Marple mystery!Miss Marple is tipped off that an old friend might be in trouble...in fact she may be being poisoned. It's time for a visit to the country! (Cue huge country house in fog and everyone is bonkers yeah!)But then someone gets shot and Miss Marple has to unravel all the clues through the smoke and mirrors.Highly recommended for cosy mystery fans everywhere.

  • Adrian
    2019-05-21 02:06

    A book I just don't remember reading and another great example of Miss Marple's expertise.Again a great story by Agatha Christie, with some wonderful characters and an intricate plot that I certainly never guessed.Well worth reading if one has never read a Miss Marple before. Lets be honest they have all been good so far, and only 3 to go, (sad face).

  • فاطمة عبد الرحمن
    2019-04-29 23:52

    لأول مرة أكتشف القاتل منذ وقوع الجريمة، هل لأن القاتل دوما هو أبعد من يكون من ساحة الإتهام أم أن الحبكة لم تكن كما يبدو، لا أدري ولكني لم أنبهر هنا..

  • Ana Vicente
    2019-05-22 02:51

    I generally love Agatha Christie, and I tend to read her books in one sitting, but that didn't happen with this one.It's a Marple novel, and I generally do prefer other detectives (it just frustrates me that part of the solution is based on those comparisons with someone on St. Mary Mead), but I don't think that's enough to explain why this book failed to captivate me the way others have.I think part of it was that I just didn't care about the characters all that much. I especially didn't care at all about the victim, since he practically just walked in and got killed, and there was very little to know about him. I also didn't especially care for the person they were supposedly all trying to protect: she's one of those older ladies Christie writes somethimes, very nice and very vague and very ethereal.Also, it seemed to me that Christie's tendency to write mostly dialogue was taken a bit too far on this one, and instead of a fast-paced but rich reading, which is her usual, we're definitely entering "talking head" territory.So, this one might actually be a rarity among my Christie collection: a book that I won't be rereading.

  • Ririn
    2019-05-14 02:16

    How ironic. When I have finally settled with myself that it's quite a useless thing to secondguess Agatha Christie's mysteries, it does come as a big surprised that I did guess it right this time. Even though so many smokescreens were thrown in the way, I just can't shake off my suspicion of the suspect. Does this means that I am getting better at reading the clues? ;-)

  • Anastasia ^^
    2019-05-15 22:58

    Λατρεύω της Μις Μάρπλ... το διάβασα πολύ γρήγορα αλλά είχα καταλάβει ποιος ήταν ο/η δολοφόνος... αλλά όχι το κίνητρο του/της :)

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-05-13 06:06

    This is only the sixth Miss Marple that Agatha Christie wrote, like many of the early ones it is perhaps a little less polished, a little more exploitative than they became after Christie's characters and writing style were more set. Personally I like the earlier ones better and this was a great example of that early writing, with an English manor house, two generations and their different view points, the perspicuity of Miss Marple and the gimmick - that is kind of predicted by the title.

  • Christine Talat
    2019-05-19 00:02

    أول رواية أقراها لآجاثا كريستى النهاية خيبت آمالى كانت سريعة وغير مفهومة الدوافع

  • Leslie
    2019-05-16 04:16

    While I enjoyed this entry in the Miss Marple series, it was just "good" not great as some of Christie's are. Given Miss Marple's oft pronounced maxim of never believe anything anyone says without confirmation, she seemed (view spoiler)[to take Lewis Serrocold's statements at face value for far too long (hide spoiler)].Joan Hickson's narration was unfortunately spoiled for me by the poor shape of the CDs I borrowed from the library. Perhaps if that hadn't been the case, I might have gone up to 4 stars for this audiobook edition.

  • Mathangi
    2019-05-10 06:03

    Though I was a bit apprehensive to pick up this book as it is the 6th in a series, I got to say I didn't really have trouble following save for some St Mary Mead references here and there.This was my first Miss Marple story and it certainly wouldn't be the last. But I think I would need some time to get used to the sweet old Miss Marple. She's a detective in the most unconventional sense possible, she can be easily dismissed as a silly old lady, and Miss Jane Marple is smart enough to use that to her advantage. I can't be sure yet if she has her own 'methods' but I see that she observes a lot of people and things and picks up stuff overlooked by most others. (like any good detective)She observes, trusts her instincts, and draws logical conclusions. I imagine she's right most times. What I didn't see coming in They Do It With Mirrors was that the mystery itself was unexciting, wasn't the typical Christie-mystery I had in mind. The story took more time than I'd like, to build up, introduce the characters and their quirks, and become tangible. I couldn't wait to get to the murder! the mystery! exciting detective stuff! alas, it fell short. Although I liked Inspector Curry's investigations, I couldn't get myself to warm up to any character in the book. I only continued to read because I wanted to familiarise myself with Jane Marple more.Because some day I'm going to devour all of Agatha Christie's novels. All of them.On a side note, I think the off-handed Taming of the Shrew (which I figured out thanks to the Internet) reference at the end of the book may be a sign that I should pick Vinegar Girl as my next read...

  • Jesus Ismael
    2019-04-29 01:57

    I've recently finished this Marple story and I certainly have mixed feelings.While what I would call the "first part", that is, until the main murder is committed, is long and tedious, the second one moves on faster and the end is really fast paced. I found this aspect reflected in the chapters; being long the first ones and becoming shorter approaching the end. In this sense, I believe that this tale could be told in a fewer pages or even maybe a short story.On the other hand, there are some aspects that I find truly outstanding. The social and psychological discussion the book provides and how this shows the controversy of its time it's remarkable. Not only we see different views about the importance of home life in someone's behaviour and the debate home vs. nature, but also it's discussed the role of the States and privates agencies in providing social services. Very much the fifties.Furthermore, and this is something that maybe I only see because of my professional training, the story provides characters and a discussion between points of view that also represent different theories of mental health. In my opinion, while in most of the book it's possible to feel the influence of psychoanalysis, near the very end (by the actions of one of the characters confined) it seemed to appear and alternative explanation, coherent with systemic theory (in which behaviour is addressed to social context).Whether it's just my idea or this were also Christie's views, I think we'll never know.

  • Elena
    2019-05-22 04:14

    While I have read dozens of books with Hercule Poirot, I haven't read that many with Miss Marple, so I'm trying to remedy that. I do like her: the scenes where everyone assumes she is a quiet and harmless old lady are always very funny. They Do It With Mirrors is a short and fun mystery where, as usual, the solution and the murderer are definitely shocking and quite impossible to guess. Actually, I did have my suspicions about who did it, and I was right, but I only had vague ideas. The solution is overall very ingenious. I also enjoyed the references to magic tricks, which I've always been fascinated with. Not as good as Murder at the Vicarage, which remains my favourite Miss Marple book, but still very enjoyable.

  • Miquel Reina
    2019-04-24 03:51

    As I said in my review for "Death in the Nile", Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. They do it with mirrors is a dance of intrigue and mystery that will confuse you with hints, warps and tricks to an ending that the British writer always, always will get you surprised.Spanish version: Como ya dije en la mi review para "Asesinato en el Nilo", Agatha Christie es una de mis escritoras favoritas. El truco de los espejos es un baile de intriga y misterio que como su excelente título describe te confundirá con reflejos, deformaciones y trucos hasta un final que la escritora británica siempre, siempre consigue sorprenderte.

  • sarafem
    2019-04-25 04:55

    Classic Agatha Christie, a good mindless read that you can easily guess the ending to because you know that Christie picks the only ending that makes no sense, and tries to make it sound like it's utterly obvious. This is what I love about the woman. I like to pretend that the Miss Marple series is actually the memoir of a schizophrenic old maid living in an insane asylum; this is the only way any of it ever makes sense. Did I just piss off every Agatha Christie fan? Oh well...

  • Judy
    2019-04-27 04:12

    I've been really enjoying reading the Miss Marple books with the Reading the Detectives group, but this one struck me as pretty weak. (Originally I gave it 3 stars, but, thinking it over, I've knocked this down to 2.) Once again leaving St Mary Mead, Miss Marple goes to stay with an old friend, Carrie Louise, after vague hints that she may be in danger. To my mind, the setting is unrealistic, as are many of the characters. Carrie and her husband run a somewhat unbelievable private reformatory, where psychiatrists are apparently happy for the young men to run amok. The wonderfully-named Dr Maverick indulges in endless psychobabble about how his criminal patients are suffering as a result of their upbringing, and for some reason the police go along with his methods.In the early chapters in particular, there are long slabs of unconvincing dialogue. Everyone Miss M runs into seems to decide to confide in her instantly and tell her their life story, so she doesn't have to do nearly as much work as usual to ferret out the truth. Even the mystery plot itself isn't as good as usual with Christie. I found it fairly easy to guess who the killer was and I even unravelled part of the method quite early on, which isn't a usual thing with me! I still enjoyed some sections and liked the character of Miss Marple, as I always do, but this isn't as good as the other Agatha Christie books I've read so far.