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review 2019-09-14 23:20
They Do It With Mirrors / Agatha Christie
They do it with Mirrors - Agatha Christie

A man is shot at in a juvenile reform home – but someone else dies…

Miss Marple senses danger when she visits a friend living in a Victorian mansion which doubles as a rehabilitation centre for delinquents. Her fears are confirmed when a youth fires a revolver at the administrator, Lewis Serrocold. Neither is injured. But a mysterious visitor, Mr Gilbrandsen, is less fortunate – shot dead simultaneously in another part of the building.

Pure coincidence? Miss Marple thinks not, and vows to discover the real reason for Mr Gilbrandsen’s visit.

 

 

I read this book to fill the Locked Room Mystery square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

Jane Marple is, as the detective in this novel says, a sharp old bird. I do love that she took her binoculars with her and was willing to pursue Siskins with intensity in order to eavesdrop effectively! She very much makes use of the fact that elderly women seem to be invisible to vast portions of the population. Similarly, her friend Carrie Louise is much more observant than her surrounding family gives her credit for (and certainly more than her husband believes). Older women can get away with all kinds of things that people don’t think us capable of.

I was also interested to see the way that our attitude towards young offenders really hasn’t changed all that much since 1952 when this book was originally published. A problem that we’re still struggling with and haven’t found any easy answers.

I did feel that the end was a bit weaker than many of the Christie books that I have read up until now--the perpetrator got to escape prosecution, although their end was arguably worse than what the courts would have assigned.

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review 2019-09-07 18:15
Another Great Marple!
They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie

I just loved this from beginning to end. As someone else said, I love it when Christie provides a diagram to show where a murder is. It's like you have your own game of Clue to play. Miss Marple is still the sharpest knife in the drawer. I can't say that I saw the ending at all. I was leaning towards one way and then found out I was wrong. The ending leaves things on a nice note for several of the characters. 

 

Miss Marple is asked to go visit an old school friend, Carrie Louise Serrocold. Carrie's sister thinks something is wrong at her home and can't figure out what is going on. Carrie's second husband, Lewis Serrocold has turned their home into a school for wayward (or as someone people say straight criminals) boys. Since Miss Marple has something of a reputation for solving crimes, Carrie's sister thinks she can figure out what is going on there or if she's just wrong about something going on.

 

Miss Marple heads to visit Carrie and quickly figures out there is a lot going on. A young man named Edgar Lawson is running around accusing others of spying on him and that his father is really Winston Churchill. Two of Carrie's step-sons, Steven Restarick, Alexis Restarick seem to be in love with Carrie's granddaughter, Gina. Too bad Gina is newly married to American Walter. And then Carrie's only living daughter believes that Gina's married beneath her and that Walter is up to something. When one of the trustees of Carrie's first husband's foundation is found shot to death during an argument everyone wonders who could have done it. 

 

Christie I thought did a great job of setting the stage so to speak. I definitely didn't know who did what or could have done it. Miss Marple I thought was great about realizing in the end that she was looking at things wrong. As a reader, I realized I was too.


The writing was okay though the flow was a bit much in some places. I think that things moved faster when Miss Marple was involved in any of the goings on.


The setting of Stonygates felt like a very worn house. You have Miss Marple and even Walter seeing how badly run down things are even though there is enough money to fix the place up. It feels like a place out of time when you read about how little Carrie and her husband seem to care about the grounds and the rooms. 


The ending was a bit rushed though. We read about what happens via a letter that someone sends to someone else which I thought was a bit of a cop-out. I would have liked to read it via Miss Marple's POV I think. 

 

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text 2019-09-05 22:01
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie

So satisfying. I definitely had no clue about who done it and thought this was great. It was a locked room mystery in a way in the end with the resolution.

 

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text 2019-09-05 21:32
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie

Now up to date!

 

Well I wonder who is behind the one murder and poisoning. I never did read this before and I wonder why I didn't. Anyone this is a very good Miss Marple and I love that Christie included a drawing to show the location of the murder and where a fight was also going on at the same time.

 

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text 2019-09-05 21:22
Reading progress update: I've read 52%.
They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie

Awesome. There's a racial slur that took me right out of the story. I was enjoying it before all of that though. I like that Miss Marple has a reputation among law enforcement at this point. She's gone to visit an old school friend after her friend's sister asked her to since she thought something was wrong at her sister's home. It's definitely a weird cast here. We have an angry daughter, a granddaughter whose in love or something with two uncles (?) I am so confused about that one and then a bunch of younger boys who are up to their necks in criminal enterprises. 

 

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