Review | The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side (Miss Marple #8) by Agatha Christie

“One has to dare if one wants to get anywhere,’ said Mrs. Bantry.” 3.25/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: movie stars, drugs, paintings, fancy parties, poison, secrets, cocktails, photographs, “the Development” and cracked mirrors.

One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbing on to her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. It turned out to be a deadly poison. But for whom was it really intended?

Marina’s frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigation – into human nature.

Librarian’s note: this is one of 13 books in the Miss Marple series, which includes twelve novels and one collection of short stories – “The Thirteen Problems.” There are a total of 20 short stories about Miss M, seven of which can be found in other collections. Entries for each of the novels and short stories can be found on Goodreads.

It was an okay murder mystery. This book was recommended to me by a friend because she loves this book and she really wanted me to read it, but I didn’t love it as much as she did.

This mystery itself was good but I didn’t love the plot. This was my first Miss Marple book and I really liked her role in solving the mystery, but I was expecting more from the story. Don’t get me wrong, I was surprised when I knew what happened in the end, but I didn’t care for most of the characters present at the party, and I felt like the final explanation was too simple and short. So needless to say, I was underwhelmed.

It’s not a very realistic book in the sense that there are too many coincidences, but I feel like this is part of her writing style. I don’t read a lot of Agatha Christie’s books, but I understand why people like them so much. She’s really good at creating stories with shocking elements and unpredictable secrets. She makes it very difficult to figure out the truth of what really happened.

I will say it was entertaining, though! I was intrigued to see where the story was going and I read the book relatively fast. But if I had to pick a favorite book from Agatha Christie, I would still prefer And Then There Were None.

In conclusion: good mystery, but not the best story. I know there is a movie about this book and I’m curious to watch it, I need to check it out!

xoxo,

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