The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple) Hardcover – Facsimile, 6 Mar 2006
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If you are a fan of the sinister or like your mysteries dark and complicated, this simply isn't your cup of tea. I have to admit, although I don't always like the simple, pleasant mysteries, that Christie knew what she was doing. Can you see Miss Marple chasing after a serial killer across continents wielding an assault rifle and going down in hand-to-hand combat? No, never. So Christie was wise and keeps her characters in their natural habitats doing realistic things. That way she knew her mysteries and her detectives would receive respect and credulity--quite important for the success of her books.
One of the locals is poisoned at the reception Marina Gregg holds for the local pillars of the community and it seems clear to many that the film star herself could have been the intended target. Miss Marple has to rely on the excellent testimony of her friend Mrs Bantry as she was not present at the time.
The death results in Scotland Yard being called in to investigate and Miss Marple is one of the first people that Desmond Craddock consults. In this story we see Miss Marple in another guise. She is getting older and her nephew has paid for the annoying Miss Knight to keep her company. But Miss Marple does not react very well to having her freedom curtailed however well meaning the intention. It seems at one point that the next murder might be committed by Miss Marple herself.
This is a well constructed plot and the clues are there for the observant reader. I felt there were many tragic elements to the story and the motivations are well drawn as are the characters. If you want crime novels in the classic mould then there is no one better than Agatha Christie in my opinion.
An odd little mystery with no less than three (or maybe two?) murders. Plenty of twists and turns and Miss Marple here is almost house bound, using third parties to obtain the information she needs to solve the initial crime for the police, who are very obliging.
Easy reading but enough complexity to keep you interested.
Everybody thinks the wrong person was killed and it should've been the host. Well have no fear, with Miss Marple's knowledge of St Mary Mead and human nature combined, it isn't long before all becomes apparent. Good book with plenty of secrets in the old cupboard. Would recommend.
An enjoyable read, and vintage Marple, for whom the times in St Mary Mead were a-changing.
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So much fun to go back to a changing England in the early 60s and help Miss Marple solve a crime.Published 15 months ago by J E Cable
Amazing plot. Such a good idea. The action takes place in St Mary Mead and the feelings of familiarity and menace are a perfect combination. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marion D