The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side by Agatha Christie
Coffee, Books and Cake is one year old today!
If you could see me now, please note I am eating a lemon fairy cake, drinking a mug of coffee and feeling very happy! The whole purpose of my blog was to review the books I had read during the pandemic. It quickly became a way of tracking the books I had enjoyed and in some cases loved. I have read and reviewed
- 106 Books
- #12 Books of Christmas
- Awarded 19 Novels a 5 Star rating
- Read 13 novels from the BBC Big Read Challenge
- Read books by 75 Authors
- Been obsessed with all things Christmas, Rules for Perfect Murders and had a spate of books about Russia
- My most reviewed authors have been (no surprise) Agatha Christie, Miss Read and Nancy Revell
And I've loved every minute of it! Chris and I are celebrating tonight with a takeaway and maybe something fizzy. In the meantime, it's still a review post! so let's get to it shall we.
I do love my Agatha Christie novels and I do believe that I have now read all of the Miss Marple novels. If I'm honest I had been holding back on reading this one as it was the last one I had left, but it felt like the right time. And it was a good one!
Glamorous movie star, Marina Gregg has moved to Gossington Hall previously featured in The Body in the Library novel. Whilst hosting a garden fete there, Marina meets a number of local dignitaries. Whilst meeting Heather Babcock, a local charity worker, Heather suffers a sudden seizure and dies. She has been poisoned by a deadly cocktail. But was this meant for Marina? Luckily Miss Marple is on hand and as the police bumble about, Miss Marple investigates using her insightful knowledge about human nature.
I don't know if it was the place I was in, but this novel actually felt slightly joyous. At the start of the novel Miss Marple, after a period of ill-health, has a live-in helper who seems determined to patronise, her much to Miss Marple's chagrin. On visiting her, the Doctor notices that Miss Marple seems a little down and jokingly suggests that Miss Marple would benefit from investigating a juicy murder. And indeed Miss Marple certainly perks up when she hears about the murder at Gossington Hall.
As always Miss Marple relies on two things; peoples' assumption that she is merely 'an old pussy' and her keen insights into human nature. On meeting Heather Babcock prior to the murder, she. quickly recognises her as a kind woman but who is completely oblivious to other people's needs and wants.
I also love these novels as they are a comment on the changing face of society. The novel was first published in 1962 and we can see the shoots of a more modern Britain. There is a housing development on the outskirts of St Mary Meade where Miss Marple lives, reflecting people achieving home ownership for the first time. London is starting to feel vibrant and 'swinging'. A hip photographer and a model are both interviewed by the police. Miss Marple reads a celebrity gossip magazine to understand more about the world of Marina Gregg. It is a lovely social comment about a changing time.
The crime is ingenuous as always, the motive fascinating and I really enjoyed this. Especially as Miss Marple seemed to be having such a great time herself!
Have a great day, I'll be back on Monday with another review. We are going back in time again and it's a hoot!