The Mirror Crack'd

The Mirror Crack d There is great interest in the quiet little village of St Mary Mead when the residents learn that Marina Gregg the famous actress has bought Gossington Hall And when she throws the Hall open for a f

  • Title: The Mirror Crack'd
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • ISBN: 9781405006255
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Audiobook
  • There is great interest in the quiet little village of St Mary Mead when the residents learn that Marina Gregg, the famous actress, has bought Gossington Hall And when she throws the Hall open for a fete no one is excited than homely Heather Badcock who met the actress years before But Heather s visit to Gossington Hall ends in her sudden death Why would anyone wanThere is great interest in the quiet little village of St Mary Mead when the residents learn that Marina Gregg, the famous actress, has bought Gossington Hall And when she throws the Hall open for a fete no one is excited than homely Heather Badcock who met the actress years before But Heather s visit to Gossington Hall ends in her sudden death Why would anyone want to kill this unassuming woman It falls to Inspector Craddock to enlist the help of his aunt, the astute Jane Marple, to solve this perplexing case.

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  • Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple and author of The Mousetrap, the longest running play in the history of modern theatre Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K as the youngest of three The Millers had two other children Margaret Frary Miller 1879 1950 , called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha s senior, and Louis Montant Miller 1880 1929 , called Monty, ten years older than Agatha During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920 During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.In late 1926, Agatha s husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan Sir Max from 1968 after joining him in an archaeological dig Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie s death in 1976 In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories Christie s travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East Other novels such as And Then There Were None were set in and around Torquay, where she was born Christie s 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway The hotel maintains Christie s room as a memorial to the author The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother in law, James Watts She based at least two of her stories on the hall the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral Abney became Agatha s greatest inspiration for country house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post war crime novels To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande


  • 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 an [...]

  • 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 m [...]

  • 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 ri [...]

  • 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

  • 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 [...]

  • 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!

  • 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 re [...]

  • “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 bu [...]

  • Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars, but rounded it up to 4 stars on It'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 W [...]

  • 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 (pre [...]

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

  • 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!

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 s [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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, [...]

  • 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.

  • 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 cu [...]

  • 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 patroniz [...]

  • 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*

  • 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, a [...]

  • 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.

  • 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 th [...]

  • 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

  • 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 c [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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.

  • 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 [...]

  • 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.

  • 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 ot [...]

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