The Mirror Crack'd (Miss Marple Series)

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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.

Famous film actress Marina Gregg witnesses a murder in her country home, and Miss Marple agrees to investigate. Reissue.

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Overview

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.

Famous film actress Marina Gregg witnesses a murder in her country home, and Miss Marple agrees to investigate. Reissue.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451199898
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/10/2001
  • Series: Miss Marple Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Nothing better than Agatha Christie !

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Pretty good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    Surprising and exciting!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2001

    Fantastic Book!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Controlling Women

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Excellent Book

    This book was really great. Only the second Agatha Christie book I have read, but I am sure I'll read more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Great Book!

    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.

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