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They Do It with Mirrors Miss Marple, 6 , Agatha ChristieThey Do It with Mirrors is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1952 under the title of Murder with Mirrors and in UK by the Collins Crime Club on 17 November that year under Christie s original title.Abstract Miss Jane Marple helps pal Carrie Louise, invited by worried Sister Ruth to Stonygates, where arrested boys rehabilitate Foundation trustee Christian is shot dead i They Do It with Mirrors Miss Marple, 6 , Agatha ChristieThey Do It with Mirrors is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1952 under the title of Murder with Mirrors and in UK by the Collins Crime Club on 17 November that year under Christie s original title.Abstract Miss Jane Marple helps pal Carrie Louise, invited by worried Sister Ruth to Stonygates, where arrested boys rehabilitate Foundation trustee Christian is shot dead in the guest room while paranoid Edgar shoots at Carrie s husband nearby Afterdeaths, Jane sees illusions They Do It with Mirrors original Murder with Mirrors.Characters Miss Jane Marple, Ruth Van Rydock, Carrie Louise Serrocold, Lewis Serrocold, Gina Hudd, Walter Hudd, Mildred Strete, Juliet Bellever, Steven Restarick, Alexis Restarick, Christian Gulbrandsen, Edgar Lawson, Dr Maverick, Ernie Gregg, Inspector Curry, Detective Sergeant Lake 2010 1374 256 20 1388 228 11 5 19 9789643636395 1389 1393 22813741926 1930 1942 1942 1950 1952 1953 4 50 1957 1962 1964 1965 1971 1940 1976 This is a very strong 3 stars as I quite enjoyed this Agatha Christie quickie Having said that, They Do It with Mirrors reads like a Christie by numbers novel, written by rote like a facsimile of previous work with just a few of the words rearranged The characters, the setting, the plot and the outcome, it s all been done before I haven t read too many Miss Marple s The old dear and the settings situations she s placed in are quite quaint and not entirely my cup of tea Having said that, I wo This is a very strong 3 stars as I quite enjoyed this Agatha Christie quickie Having said that, They Do It with Mirrors reads like a Christie by numbers novel, written by rote like a facsimile of previous work with just a few of the words rearranged The characters, the setting, the plot and the outcome, it s all been done before I haven t read too many Miss Marple s The old dear and the settings situations she s placed in are quite quaint and not entirely my cup of tea Having said that, I wouldn t say no to further Miss Marples Reading this series is like spending time with a clever granny, and who doesn t need some of that in their lives They Do It with Mirros may not be one of Christie s absolute best, but it works and should satisfy most mystery readers Miss Marple and the Magic Trick But not really The point of this one is that not everything is what it seems Like an illusionist s trick they do it with mirrors I really did like gettingof a glimpse of Jane as a person, instead of just as the fluffy little old lady who solves mysteries Unlike some of the other Miss Marple mysteries, though, this one doesn t have any other likable characters in it Even the friend she goes to check up on and potentially save is a weird o that s all Miss Marple and the Magic Trick But not really The point of this one is that not everything is what it seems Like an illusionist s trick they do it with mirrors I really did like gettingof a glimpse of Jane as a person, instead of just as the fluffy little old lady who solves mysteries Unlike some of the other Miss Marple mysteries, though, this one doesn t have any other likable characters in it Even the friend she goes to check up on and potentially save is a weird o that s all floaty and full of ridiculous love for and trust in everyone.Yuck Don t you just want to give people like that a good smack upside the head Sorry, Jane.The gist is that Jane goes to visit a friend that she went to school with at the request of her sister, who has a bad feeling about her sibling s situation Carrie Louise is one of those trusting souls who sees the best in everyone and is now married to some ding dong who s trying to rehabilitate deranged juvenile delinquents on their the estate Of course, someone dies under odd circumstances and the chase is on to find out whodunnit.Not the best but it s still another really fun Christie mystery.Recommended for fans of Miss Marple. Although I was certain that I had read all of the Miss Marple novels, I really cannot recall having read this before This novel sees Miss Marple meeting up with an old friend Ruth Van Rydock and her sister, Carrie Louise, knew Jane Marple as a young girl, when they were visiting Florence Now Ruth is returning to America, but she confesses that she is concerned about her sister Carrie Louise, like Ruth, has been married several times Her latest husband is Lewis Serrocold, an idealist who run Although I was certain that I had read all of the Miss Marple novels, I really cannot recall having read this before This novel sees Miss Marple meeting up with an old friend Ruth Van Rydock and her sister, Carrie Louise, knew Jane Marple as a young girl, when they were visiting Florence Now Ruth is returning to America, but she confesses that she is concerned about her sister Carrie Louise, like Ruth, has been married several times Her latest husband is Lewis Serrocold, an idealist who runs an establishment for juvenile criminals Ruth cannot put her finger on why she is so worried about Carrie Louise, but she asks Miss Marple to go and stay at Stonygates.Miss Marple visits Carrie Louise as asked, where she meets the various inhabitants of the house including Carrie Louise s daughter, Mildred, her granddaughter, Gina, Gina s American husband, her step sons, Carrie Louise s companion, Miss Bellever, and various other members of the household Like Ruth, Miss Marple is unable to quite put her finger on what seems wrong but it is obvious that something is and, before long, there is a murder in the house.This is an unusual setting for a Miss Marple novel although the juvenile delinquents are very much on the edges of the storyline in many ways leaving this a typical country house murder mystery I enjoyed the characters and the way that Miss Marple solved the crime It was wonderful to discover a Miss Marple novel I could not remember and made reading it evenenjoyable Agatha Christie the Queen of mystery Can t wait to read the next story. Sure, they do it with mirrors Apparently in 1952, they could even do it by telephone By which I refer to phoning it in, because this isn t Christie at her best It isn t even Marple at her best Still, They Do It with Mirrors is a diverting read, a quick Christie satisfier.We begin with Miss Marple enjoying a few moments with a dear friend from boarding school days Ruth now lives in America, but her sister lives in England, and after visiting her, Ruth has a suspicion something isn t right so Sure, they do it with mirrors Apparently in 1952, they could even do it by telephone By which I refer to phoning it in, because this isn t Christie at her best It isn t even Marple at her best Still, They Do It with Mirrors is a diverting read, a quick Christie satisfier.We begin with Miss Marple enjoying a few moments with a dear friend from boarding school days Ruth now lives in America, but her sister lives in England, and after visiting her, Ruth has a suspicion something isn t right something besides the 200 criminals living on the property Ruth s sister Carrie Louise and her current husband are running a school for juvenile delinquents, hoping to reform the youth through applied psychology Also in residence are Carrie Louise s attendant, her two step sons, her grand daughter and her American husband, and Carrie s widowed daughter Ruth can t tell Jane any concrete reason why she feels anxious about her sister, but would like Miss Marple to put her gentle investigatory skills to work.I love the few moments we have Miss Marple s backstory as she shares reminiscences with Ruth and Carrie Louise Despite her fondness for the universals of human nature, Miss Marple so rarely draws stories from herself she finds most parallels in neighbors and acquaintances Now that I think about it, I suspect that is one of the reasons I was always so fond of Miss Marple she s the antithesis of the attention seeking narcissist, an all too familiar figureahem, Poirot Moreover, Miss Marple is self aware and is at peace with it Everyone s life has a tempo Ruth s was presto whereas Miss Marple s was content to be adagio The setting is a country estate in shabby condition, and revolvesaround gossiping conversation than fact finding I didn t note Miss Marple displaying her usual acumen, and thought she appeared to be led astray rather easily Christie seemed to be telegraphing as well, but that is a tricky call for me I ve read most of her works decades ago so I can never tell what I m remembering from reading, and what I might be deciphering.Interestingly, I don t remember noticing Christie s subtle humor when I was younger, but I m enjoying her sly asides now Here it generally plays out in discussions with the police I shouldn t think anybody else, said Miss Marple I just happened to be looking out of my window at some birds Birds Birds Miss Marple added after a moment or two I thought, perhaps, they might be siskins Inspector Curry was uninterested in siskins Characterization was largely straightforward, following general character stereotypes with one or two developed above the rest Again, the police provide some amusement Watch Dame Christie get a jab or two in She looked, Inspector Curry reflected, exactly as the relict of a Canon of the Established Church should look which was almost odd, because so few people ever did look like what they really were.Even the tight line of her lips had an ascetic Ecclesiatical flavour She expressed Christian Endurance, and possibly Christian Fortitude But not, Curry thought, Christian Charity The rather slow build of the beginning has a nicely murderous payoff, then followed by evendisaster The culmination, however, seemed hasty and morally simplified and borrowed or heralded another Christie ending Overall, it was fun, if not particularly suspenseful or logical Entertaining and quick, perfect for a break between projects We re all mad, dear lady, he said as he ushered her in through the door That s the secret of existence We re all a little mad Another very good murder mystery This one was perhaps a little light on the plot but on the other hand focused a loton the characters and their motivations It also felt very much like theatre, which in light of the context made perfect sense We have our cast of suspects all gathered in one setting, an old English family country home, andsecrets stasheWe re all mad, dear lady, he said as he ushered her in through the door That s the secret of existence We re all a little mad Another very good murder mystery This one was perhaps a little light on the plot but on the other hand focused a loton the characters and their motivations It also felt very much like theatre, which in light of the context made perfect sense We have our cast of suspects all gathered in one setting, an old English family country home, andsecrets stashed in corners than you could imagine, with our beloved Miss Marple trading all these treacherous waters like a duck to water The conjuring trick was also brilliantly conceived and executed I do wonder if this has been used in real lifethan likely O Jane Marple yet again proves why she s one of the great literary detectives and is sometimes overlooked by Poirot.Whilst this mystery feelsin keeping with a story featuring the Belgium detective, it works so much better as a Miss Marple adventure.As the amateur detective is asked to visit a home for delinquent boys by an old school friend, it s not surprising that the intuition of something a foot leads to murder.With a whole host of interesting side characters it s a matter of whodunnit r Jane Marple yet again proves why she s one of the great literary detectives and is sometimes overlooked by Poirot.Whilst this mystery feelsin keeping with a story featuring the Belgium detective, it works so much better as a Miss Marple adventure.As the amateur detective is asked to visit a home for delinquent boys by an old school friend, it s not surprising that the intuition of something a foot leads to murder.With a whole host of interesting side characters it s a matter of whodunnit rather than the how as the title and book cover suggests.It might be because their isn t as many Marple novels and the fact that she is so front and centre during this mystery, that I found this to be such an enjoyable entry in the Christie cannon {Free E-pub} ⚾ Fata Morgana ⚩ Trotz einiger merkw rdiger Ereignisse lebt Miss Marples Freundin in einer heilen Welt Ihr wachsamer Instinkt sagt der Meisterdetektivin jedoch, da dem Frieden nicht zu trauen istAber erst nach dem dritten Mord gelingt es Miss Marple, die Scheinwelt zu durchschauen Was sie entdeckt, ist selbst f r sie kaum zu fassen Book 11 for the Miss Marple challenge Miss Marple finds herself in a very different setting, a juvenile delinquents home college when she is asked by old friend Ruth Van Rydock to look into the situation of her sister Carrie Louise Carrie Louise, also Miss Marple s friend from her school days in Italy, lives in an old Victorian mansion and her husband Lewis Serrocold runs a centre for juveniles focusing on rehabilitation Carrie Louise has been married twice before and her relations, children, Book 11 for the Miss Marple challenge Miss Marple finds herself in a very different setting, a juvenile delinquents home college when she is asked by old friend Ruth Van Rydock to look into the situation of her sister Carrie Louise Carrie Louise, also Miss Marple s friend from her school days in Italy, lives in an old Victorian mansion and her husband Lewis Serrocold runs a centre for juveniles focusing on rehabilitation Carrie Louise has been married twice before and her relations, children, stepchildren from her previous marriages also live in the house or are regular visitors There are a lot of tensions in the house, not everyone agreeing with Lewis and Carrie Lousie s idealism or at least not wanting that to be practiced so close home Ruth has sensed something wrong but can t point her finger at it, and Miss Marple too when she first arrives there can t quite make it out But soon, there is a heated scene between one of the juvenile inmates and Lewis and alongside an actual murder, the motive for which no one can guess Inspector Curry, in charge of the investigation finds Miss Marple sharp and on looking into her learns of her record and skills and begins to rely on her help solving things Once again we find, however modern or different the setting, human beings are just the same everywhere Agatha Christie yet again showed in this one that she knows people and human nature, and its complexities Some of the ideas of how people ought to be reminded me of the same in Enid Blyton s books a weak or sappy character being seen as less than ideal , though these were of course the characters thoughts and probably prevalent thoughts at the time This time around Miss Marple seems to have some trouble with finding parallels to some of the people she meets immediately and it is a change in perspective from one of the characters that points her in the right direction While I did remember whodunit some way into the book or at least caught on to it but because I had read it before , I enjoyed my revisit how she drew out and treated the characters likeable or otherwise in particular