- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (6 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007120877
- ISBN-13: 978-0007120871
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
They Do It With Mirrors (Miss Marple) Paperback – 6 May 2008
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‘No one on either side of the Atlantic does it better’
New York Times
When Miss Jane Marple goes to stay with her frail old friend Carrie-Louise at her sprawling Victorian Gothic mansion which is also a rehabilitation centre for delinquent boys, she gets the increasingly uneasy feeling that all is not well. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
The redoubtable Miss Marple finds herself in the middle of a very odd collection of people. Lewis Serrocold is a rich philanthropist who has set up a home for delinquent teenage boys in the grounds of his home but Miss Marple does not feel that any danger lies with them.
When a visitor is found shot dead the police are called and Miss Marple comes into her element. With plenty of suspects and clues a-plenty this is a marvellously well constructed country house crime novel. It shows Miss Marple at her inimitable best as she looks for the little pieces of information which other people overlook.
I really enjoyed this book and found I had to keep reading to find out who the murderer was. The characters are well drawn and the motivations believable. I liked Inspector Curry as well and he does not overlook the value of Miss Marple's knowledge of human nature and her powers of observation. If you like your crime novels in the classic mould then there is no one who can beat Agatha Christie.
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.
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!
Carrie Louise is supossedly in danger from someone who is trying to kill her. Carrie Louise disagrees with that suggestion whilst other family members are being murdered. Can Miss Marple get to the bottom of this case?
For me this story seemed a bit contrived, but on the whole not bad. Would recommend
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought an audio book and they don't read all the book, just some sentences.
the product is MACMILLAN DIGITAL AUDIO
this is perfect, i love it, nice to have the wonderful joan crawford reading me my bedtime storyPublished 18 months ago by Christine Reston
They Do It With Mirrors, while reading feedback of this title I felt prompted to respond even though I haven't read this title; but wonder if it is worth the read still. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Markerp3n
Another Miss Marple classic keeping you on your toes all the way through. It was change to find Miss Marple in it all the way through. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roy Shone