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Book Title: المرآة المكسورة|
Date of issue: 2005
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The author of the book: Agatha Christie
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Read full description of the books المرآة المكسورة:There is nothing like staying up late on a summer evening reading a mystery to discover whodunit. Mysteries have long been one of my favorite genres to read. While I have a few contemporary series I do enjoy, there is no one who measures up to the queen of mystery writing, Agatha Christie. I am generally a fan of her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, but I have recently discovered her other famous sleuth, Miss Jane Marple. In A Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, Miss Marple is once again front and center as murders shake up life in her sleepy village.
It is the post war era, and St Mary Mead has grown from a sleepy village to a modern town with a grocery store and upscale housing development. The taxi service has been sold, yet older residents still refer to as its old name Inch. Their is a new vicar and Miss Bantry has sold the prominent Gossington Hall to movie star Marina Gregg and her husband Jason Rudd. Yet, Miss Marple is still a prominent fixture in the village despite all of the changes around her. She is now an octogenarian and still lives in her home, but her nephews have provided her with a live in housekeeper. Her mind is still as sharp as a tack, and her physician teases her that her unraveling of murder cases is what she needs to remain healthy.
In this case Agatha Christie addresses ageism is she has the housekeeper treating Miss Marple like a feeble invalid even should she remains sound in body and mind. One day she takes a walk in the new housing development on her daily exercises and encounters one Heather Badcock. Badcock reminds Miss Marple of an old acquaintance who is self-centered in a positive sort of way. The next day Marina Gregg throws a fete at Gossington Hall, and Badcock, who is a huge fan, attends. The evening ends in tragedy as Badcock is murdered. Just what the doctor ordered, Miss Marple is on the case. She declares that no one would want to murder a woman like Heather Badcock. Marina Gregg must have been the intended target, and Miss Marple sets about assisting the police in unraveling the mystery.
Christie presents a large cast of characters each with many layers and backstories that have me guessing until the end. Marina Gregg's story is ripped from the headlines as she represents a prominent Hollywood star who has been married five times and seeks life in a small village like St Mary Mead to settle down. Her current husband Jason Rudd highly doubts that Gregg will ever settle down but he showers her with love none the less. Miss Marple reads magazines about the lifestyles of the rich and famous as part of her investigation. As always, she is a step ahead of both the local and Scotland Yard police who are still clueless as more deaths occur at Gossington Hall. Yet, Miss Marple reads people extremely well, and assists her nephew Inspector Braddock in cracking the case before its too late.
Even though I thoroughly enjoy Hercule Poirot's use of little gray cells, I am enjoying Miss Marple more and more with each case. In a quaint village no one knows more about what goes on than women who make gossip into a sport, and no one hears more than Miss Marple. This makes her privy to most information in St Mary Mead and has her solving mysteries at an age when most people are happy to be sitting at home. I do like how Christie in her older age addresses the issue of age discrimination in her books. Just because one is old does not make one feeble minded, as Miss Marple proves by solving the case before the police do. It is always a treat to read Agatha Christie, and A Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side ended up being an enjoyable 3.75 stars.
Read information about the authorAgatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.
Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time. She wrote eighty crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and several other books. Her books have sold roughly four billion copies and have been translated into 45 languages. She is the creator of the two most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the history of modern theatre.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.
During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison.
On Christmas Eve 1914 Agatha married Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps. The couple had one daughter, Rosalind Hicks. They divorced in 1928, two years after Christie discovered her husband was having an affair.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During this marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines.
In late 1926, Agatha's husband, Archie, revealed that he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house Styles in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the weekend with his mistress at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her novels. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven days.
In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie's death in 1976. In 1977, Mallowan married his longtime associate, Barbara Parker.
Christie frequently used familiar settings for her stories. Christie's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels (such as And Then There Were None) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie's 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie's room as a memorial to the author. The Greenway Estate in Devon, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the care of the National Trust.
Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in Cheshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her stories on the hall: the short story The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding, which is in the story collection of the same name, and the novel After the Funeral. "Abney became Agatha's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.
During the Second World War, Christie worked in the pharmacy at University College Hospital of University College, London, where she acquired a knowledge of poisons that she put to good use in her post-war crime novels.
To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The next year, she became the President of the Detection Club. In the 1971 New Year Honours she was promoted Dame Commande
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