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review 2019-01-09 15:36
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

This was a reread - Obsidian Blue and I did a buddy read of this one back in 2016. I remember that I enjoyed it, although I think I enjoyed it more this time around. I find that to be a pretty consistent theme with Christie - my expectations are really high going in, and then I'm pleasantly surprised but not Murder of Roger Ackroyd gobsmacked so I underrate it my mind. 

 

When I go back to read them again, though, I am usually much more impressed, which was the case here. Miss Marple has aged quite a bit by this 9th book in the series, and took a fall which resulted in her being subjected to the indignity of a home nurse who talks to her as though she is a toddler. She also has a new housemaid, Cherry, who is a delight. She's not a very good housemaid, but she gossips and cheers up Miss Marple immeasurably. At the end of the day, Miss Marple decides that a cheery smile and a warm attitude is worth more than spic-and-span floors. I agree with her there, as the state of my floors would demonstrate.

 

Inspector Craddock features prominently, as does Dolly Bantry, who has moved out of Gossington Hall after the death of Colonel Bantry. She remains singularly obsessed with herbaceous borders, which is the most English thing I can think of.

 

There are some similarities between this one and both They Do It With Mirrors and Ordeal By Innocence - there is a wealthy, self-centered woman with a motherhood complex at the center of all three of them. Christie has used this trope before - woman who isn't really suited to being a mother, because of social pressures that place motherhood as an essential element of womanhood, buys herself a few children that she really doesn't want. She then either grows bored with them after a time and passes them off to someone else, as in this case, or she destroys them by neglecting their needs in some specific way.

 

Both the victim and the murderer were fascinating in different ways, and while they were both extreme examples of a certain type of person, they were also believable. Overall, I enjoyed this much more on the reread.

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text 2019-01-07 18:49
Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 351 pages.
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

This is a reread of a book that I don't really remember. Miss Marple seems to be a bit angsty over her age and the condition of her health in these early pages.

 

I'm planning on rereading most of her series, although I am going to skip around a bit. I've read the earlier books several times and have a much clearer recollection of them than I do of this one, They Do It With Mirrors,& Bertram's Hotel. I've also never read Nemesis or The Sleeping Murder, so I'll be knocking those out in 2018.

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review 2019-01-01 18:57
That’s Bad Luck
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

I‘m super tired from last night so no big review for this one. I enjoyed it but it’s not my favorite Christie. It had a pace that felt like it was dragging for me. Still, the resolution to the mystery made sense and it was a fun read. I recommend it if you’re looking for a fun mystery to read.

 

Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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text 2018-12-28 19:44
Reading progress update: I've read 201 out of 351 pages.
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

So close to being done! I got a spa tray to put on my tub that comes with a book holder so maybe some nice soaks are in order. All in the name of reading, of course. :D

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text 2018-12-11 03:47
Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 351 pages.
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side - Agatha Christie

The goal is to finish this before New Years. Can it be done? Probably. Will it? That's the challenge. 

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