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Product Details

  • Series: Miss Marple Mysteries
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073648
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I’ve always preferred her Jane Marple books, and find them infinitely rereadable; it hardly matters if I remember who did it.” (Lawrence Block, New York Times bestselling author)

“No one on either side of the Atlantic does it better.” (New York Times)

“Brilliant.” (The Guardian)

From the Back Cover

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friendliving in Stoneygates, a rehabilitation center fordelinquents. Her fears are confirmed when someoneshoots at the administrator. Although he is notinjured, a mysterious visitor is less fortunate—shotdead simultaneously in another part of the building.

Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, andmust use all her cunning to solve the riddle of thestranger’s visit … and his murder.


More About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

Customer Reviews

I had forgotten how much I enjoy Agatha Christie.
Dianne Watkins
Also, as usual the book is sprinkled with wise insights into human character.
Molly
This is one of Agatha Christie's finest mysteries.
Moe811

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on May 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Strange things have been happening at Stonygates, the home of Carrie Louise Martin, an old friend of Miss Marple's. Carrie Louise's sister, Ruth Van Rydock, has asked Miss Marple to visit Carrie Louise and determine what the trouble is and to alleviate her worries about her sister.
Agatha Christie once again takes us into a family estate overrun with family members. This family is particularly complex because Carrie Louise has been married three times and there is a wide assortment of relatives including stepsons, a widowed daughter, grandchildren, and even a current husband. The husband is deeply involved with corrective training and has turned the family home into a school where first offenders come for counseling and attention. So to this already strained situation, Mrs. Christie includes psychologists and therapists and a situation ripe for murder.
Indeed, three murders occur and there is much unpleasantness before Miss Marple explains it all.
This story (also published under the title "Murder With Mirrors") was adapted for TV in 1991 with Joan Hickson in the role of Miss Marple and Jean Simmons as Carrie Louise.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Also known under the title MURDER WITH MIRRORS, this 1952 Agatha Christie is neither the best nor the worst of her work. Set in a decaying English mansion, the grounds of which have become home to an experimental school for delinquent boys, the novel finds Miss Marple visiting an elderly friend from her own school days--and being plunged into crime when her hostess' stepson is shot dead.

Christie is best known for her fiendishly cunning plots, but in this instance I found the mechanism of the crime somewhat obvious. Still, the novel has other, undeniable charms: a renewed acquaintance with the always entertaining Miss Marple, a memorable cast of characters, and a particularly atmospheric setting. While it will never compare with the likes of A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED or MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, Christie fans will find it an entertaining one-gulp read.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on September 23, 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
Again we have a good opportunity to see how two different writers adapt for the screen an Agatha Christie mystery. In 1985, Helen Hayes played a very American Miss Marple in "Murder With Mirrors." Of course, better known is the Joan Hickson version that appeared in the USA on Mystery Theatre. Now that same Ms. Hickson reads the original version on a 4-audio cassette boxed set from Audio Partners with the British title "They Do It With Mirrors."
The plot revolves around a home for juvenile delinquents set up by Lewis Serrocold who is married to Carrie Louise, an old school chum of Marple's. The relationships are a bit hard to sort out when one is hearing a tape and cannot turn back a few pages to see who is who, but things get moving when three shots ring out, two behind a closed door and one far off. Murder (but for what reason?), attempted murder (but was it really?), and a little stab at slow poisoning (if that is what it was) complicate things. But by drawing her usual analogies between those concerned and those whom Marple knew long ago, she is able to hit upon the solution.
Unfortunately, I feel this is not one of Christie's better plots--which still makes it a fairly good one!--but the title more or less gives the solution away. I also find that Hickson's voice, so perfect for Marple, is not as flexible as those of other readers in this series and she makes no attempt to act out the various parts. Now and then, but not very often, she does grow a tad hard to understand for a word or two. Still, it makes great listening on long trips or just sitting there on a cold winter's night with a mug of hot something and a good book on the tape deck.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By allitwantedbythunder on May 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What "improvements" have been made for the Signet edition? There are already major differences in punctuation, word choices, and scene breaks between the original Collins and Dodd Mead (MURDER WITH MIRRORS) editions of this novel. There are further differences between the Dodd Mead editions republished by Random House/Avenel and the Dodd Mead editions republished by Simon & Shuster/Pocket. There are further additions still in the Bantam, Berkley, and Black Dog & Leventhal editions. For every publishing house putting out her works, there seem to be a new batch of editors altering Agatha Christie's words and the sound of her voice. What's the matter with these publishers? Whose voice do they think we want to hear when we sit down to a novel by Agatha Christie? And what will she sound like twenty years from now? It's frightening that her estate has failed to see the importance of guarding her words as she wrote them. Please tell me I'm not the only one here who senses that a crime has been committed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Miss Marple book... it gave a good first impression of her. I liked the whole idea of the setting, that made it interesting. The characters were described very well. Overall, this was a good book, but the end was a bit confusing to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cozy Reader on February 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
At the insistence of her childhood friend, Ruth Van Rydock, Miss Marple heads down to visit Ruth's sister, Carrie Louise, whom Ruth is worried about. It seems that Carrie Louise isn't always in touch with reality and things seem wrong to Ruth, so she asks Miss Marple to visit and find out what is happening. In a house with over 200 juvenile delinquents, that Carrie Louise and her husband insist they are helping, and also several heirs to their fortune, it seems almost too perfect to be the grounds for a murder. Except it is not Carrie Louise who is perfect, and no-one can understand how the murder happened and who the killer is. Well no-one but the unflappable Miss Marple.

I have a bit of a fangirl crush on Miss Marple. She's my favourite sleuth of all time. She's unassuming and quietly listens and pays attention and always solves the mystery. For me she really is the anti-Poirot, who is cocky, confident and determined he has a mystery solved before it has even happened!

For this reason I've been savouring the Miss Marple mysteries, but it was time to enjoy another one.

They Did It With Mirrors was written in 1952 and arguably when Agatha Christie was in her writing prime. It was a really good mystery and right from the start I thought I had the motive and the killer and I was completely wrong. As usual Agatha Christie had me guessing and I was guessing all wrong.

The back of my copy of this book actually doesn't go into who was murdered, so I went into this mystery not knowing much and I really enjoyed that. It was a surprise, especially as I was expecting Carrie Louise to be the victim.

I really enjoyed They Did It With Mirrors. I'm as ever in awe of Agatha Christie's ability to craft a brilliant mystery. This was another great Miss Marple mystery and I can't wait for the next one.
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