The Mirror Crack'd (Miss Marple Series)

The Mirror Crack'd (Miss Marple Series)

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Movie star Marina Gregg stars in a real-life mystery when her biggest fan is poisoned. Scene stealer Miss Jane Marple suspects that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else and wonders who's next for a final fade-out.

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Movie star Marina Gregg stars in a real-life mystery when her biggest fan is poisoned. Scene stealer Miss Jane Marple suspects that the lethal cocktail was intended for someone else and wonders who's next for a final fade-out.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Entertaining and enlightening...a faultless puzzle.
Library Journal
At Bertram's Hotel, the guests enjoy sumptuous, late afternoon teas, the rosy-faced chambermaids wear real caps, and the doorman is always happy to assist an elderly person into a taxi. Miss Jane Marple, down from the country for a short visit, finds the Edwardian atmosphere both pleasant and disturbing. How can the hotel owners afford to provide such luxurious service at such low rates? When absentminded old Canon Pennyfather disappears and the doorman is killed, Miss Marple, amateur detective extraordinaire, assists the police to find the truth. Christie is best known for her upper-class English mysteries; here she directly confronts (and spoofs) the radical class and lifestyle shifts that took place in England during her own long life. Rosemary Leach is a highly competent narrator, with a clear yet unobtrusive reading style. Recommended for all but the smallest recreational audiobook collections. In The Mirror Crack'd, change has arrived at St. Mary's Mead. There is a new housing development, a gleaming new supermarket on the high street, and the manor house that used to belong to Colonel and Mrs. Bantry has been sold to famous movie actress Marina Gregg. Heather Babcock is a plain housewife who lives in the new development. At a housewarming event for the remodeled mansion, Marina passes Heather a cocktail, and a few minutes later, Heather is dead. Police inspector Craddock is called to investigate and immediately consults local spinster and amateur sleuth Jane Marple. Of course, after suitable diversions, she solves the case. Fortunately there is more to this book than a somewhat simplistic plot-it is a gentle exploration of societal changes in mid-20th-century England. Relationships between classes, shopping habits, even clothing are in flux. Wisely, Miss Marple (and presumably Christie) recognizes that though change can be good or bad, it is always interesting. Leach has a beautiful, clear voice, individual characters are well differentiated, and linking text is unobtrusive. Not one of the author's best novels but recommended for moderate to large collections.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451199898
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2001
Series:
Miss Marple Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.82(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The Mirror Crack'd (Miss Marple Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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patricia63 More than 1 year ago
Long time ago I watched the movie with Elisabeth Taylor, so I knew the plot, but still I was so much into reading the book. That's all the talent of Agatha Christie, it's just so enjoyable to read her. I love her books so much, nothing better!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a decent book, worthy of the Queen of Crime, but not a classical 'OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE THE MURDERER WAS THAT PERSON' kind of book for me. However, I thought the motive for the crime was very interesting and I never would have thought of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A somewhat slow pace, but very intriguing book, filled with anger, passion and surprises. A good friend recommended this book to me and told me to keep in mind that everyone is a suspect. Even then, it is still dificult to predict who the murderer really is. I would say to anyone, even one who didn't even like mysteries, that this book is a definite must read. Hope you enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the Mirror Crack'd was a great book and I think Miss Marple did a great job solving the case. It's kind of slow paced but you will enjoy it. You have to pay attention to the clues and other important things to figure out who did it. Great Book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Marple is in her element at St. Mary Mead amidst the church, the vicarage and the Blue Boar. The many people who make up her old familiar network are also there to help her indulge her passion for sleuthing. The most important lessons from this mystery concern controlling women and their enablers. Miss Marple knows how they work and she tells us all about the havoc they bring into the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really great. Only the second Agatha Christie book I have read, but I am sure I'll read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books was a great book. Not one of her bests but still great. It was a little slow in the beginning. The murderer I never would have guessed (like most of her books.) I read The Murder of Roger Ackroyd this year in 6th grade, and loved it. She got me hooked. Like I said, great but not one of her bests.