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Agatha Christie
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6 May 2008 Miss Marple

A man is shot at in a juvenile reform home – but someone else dies…

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitiation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.

Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and vows to discover the real reason for Mr Gilbrandsen’s visit.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (6 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007120877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007120871
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘No one on either side of the Atlantic does it better’
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When an attempt is made on the life of Carrie-Louise’s husband and her step-son is murdered, Miss Marple vows to do all she can to protect her friend and stop any more brutal killings. “So few writers are producing the pure puzzle-novel, and no one on either side of the Atlantic does it better” New York Times “Brisk and persuasive” New Yorker --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Abecedarian Christie 1 Jan 2014
By jxn
Jane Marple is the original Jack Reacher. Unlike Poirot, who often relied on the police to key him into cases, Miss Marple turned up where she liked, carried out her own investigation and delivered her particular brand of justice before moving on without looking back. True, she has yet to headbutt anyone, but I've still 6 novels and one short story collection to go so, y'know, here's hoping.

They Do It with Mirrors finds Reacher, uh, Marple travelling to a young offenders' reform home to discover what nebulous threat a childhood friend is living under. Tensions, tempers and seemingly-blameless types abound and - before she's even unpacked her knuckle-dusters (just cos you don't see 'em doesn't mean she doesn't have 'em) - there's soon murder in the mix...

I can't shake the feeling that I may have seen the best of Agatha Christie, and the remaining books in her oeuvre will be, like this, agilely-constructed and eminently readable but still a shade rudimentary in the plotting. She plagiarises herself at least four times, and in playing fair with the solution recycles a trick Edmund Crispin used to similarly-underwhelming effect, but it seems a little harsh to hold that against her in her 52nd published work of crime fiction.

I read this in a day and still enjoyed it immensely - she expounds some remarkably modern attitudes towards offenders, relationships, young women exploiting their beauty and the nature of family - and for anyone new to this type of fiction this is a fabulous introduction. Hardier souls have seen better, though, and would expect more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a format too well trod? 24 Aug 2005
Agatha Christie was a prolific crime writer and for that reason some of her books tend to have a similar theme to them. In the case of 'They do it with Mirrors' I was able to discern the culprit with chapters to spare.
Miss Marple has been sent by a friend to investigate an eerie feeling she has had about another of their childhood friends who love in a run down mansion which is attached to a juvenile delinquent centre. After a disturbance by one of the students a crime is committed and it is up to Miss Marple to discover what is real and what is smoke and mirrors.
I enjoyed the book while it lasted and unlike other Christie novels I was able to follow who all the characters were and understand their emotions. However, the way in which the crime is committed has been done before (even though this was one of the originals!) and if you have ever watched a Midsommer Murders you will have no problem knowing before Miss Marple who committed the crime.
Better luck next by Miss M!
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If you like Agatha Christie, well, all the normal ingredients are here, and you'll love it. There's a fixed list of suspects for you to choose from - and you're bound to pick the wrong one. Miss Marple's a smashing sleuth, and there are lots of Christie one liners to make you laugh out loud on the train. A good one to read in one or two sittings - and a lovely slice of life from the early part of last century to feast upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good 23 Mar 2014
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My favourite Christie mysteries are Poirot , however this Miss Marple was just as interesting. A well deserved five stars and recommended to all Kindle readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 3 Mar 2014
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If you love classic thrillers then they don't come much better than Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Yes, it probably seems tame compared to today's gory offerings but a good read for all that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They do it with mirrors Agatha Christie 3 Jan 2014
By Bills.s
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Nother of the less common novels by Christie. This book I have read before and it is always a good read I really enjoy Agatha Christie's books and with the Kindle it just makes it so convenient to read anywhere
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop reading!!!!! 17 July 2013
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I chose this book for a laugh but it is great
Can not wait to read more Mrs Marple books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good 29 May 2013
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I recently re-read it and enjoyed it. I vaguely remembered the killer so no real surprise at the end, but still the plot is quite well-made, well-balanced and relatively quick paced - was not bored at all. I did not feel perfectly satisfied with the motive and the psychosynthesis of the killer and generally the final explanation of the story, but overall a 90% satisfactory read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great on Audio
As an Agatha Christie fan I like this very much. It enjoy the full and unabidged version of the talking book.
Published 17 months ago by carole christensen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story but Not my Favourite
I've read this story a couple of times, and I have to say that whilst it's okay, I didn't enjoy it as much as the others. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. A. L. Maddocks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved this story, Christie has such a way of spinning a yarn! One of her best Miss Marple stories, great read.
Published 22 months ago by S. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars They do it with mirrors
Miss Marple received a request for help from an old school friend. Ruth is worried about her sister, Carrie Louise and she feels she may be in danger. Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Damaskcat
3.0 out of 5 stars The title gave too much away
Agatha Christie constantly surprises by the differing styles of narration in her novels. Previously I've read tales told completely in the third person and first person from the... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2009 by Jim J-R
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Christie
When I was young I saw the wonderful 'A Murder is Announced' on television starring Joan Hickson. It was fantastic although one particular scene gave me nightmares for weeks! Read more
Published on 5 July 2008 by imla
3.0 out of 5 stars Marple, Marples or Marlpe?
I don't know if the first edition was so badly proof read, but this facsimile has three versions of Miss Marple's name in just a few pages. It's otherwise a very nice edition. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2007 by Androo
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