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The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple Series)
     

The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple Series)

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by Agatha Christie
 

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The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. In

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The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. In The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side, a fatal dose of poison meant for a glamorous movie star fells her ardent admirer instead—and Miss Marple is there to unmask a murderer.

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:
9780062073679
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
134,147
Product dimensions:
7.84(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

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 from Side to Side: Miss Marple Series, Book 8 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
One of the best Miss Marple books. Twists and turns galore. Kept me guessing. Miss Marple presents as a main character from the very beginning of the book unlike some of the earlier ones. Fast paced. Well edited. Highly recommend this series.
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Miss Marple at her best.
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CatMysteryLover More than 1 year ago
This has always been one of my favorite Agatha Christie novels. I recently purchased a set of DVD's of Miss Marple that included The Mirrow Cracked & while they did an excellent job, i wanted to reread it, but discovered it wasn't in my collection. This is an easy to hold book. If you haven't read any Agatha Christie or are a fan who missed this one, I truly recommend that you purchase this.
SunnyDay1961 More than 1 year ago
This one was an okay read. Definitely not her best.