🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 / 5
One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been gabbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure. But for whom was the deadly poison really intended?
Marina’s frozen expression suggested she had witnessed something horrific. But, while others searched for material evidence, Jane Marple conducted a very different investigation – into human nature.
I honestly thought that I wouldn’t like this one but alas, here I am giving it a whopping 5 stars. Judging the book by its cover again. 😅
When it comes to Agatha Christie’s books, I really prefer Hercule Poirot to Miss Marple but in this one, Christie didn’t involve much of Miss Marple on the scenes which surprisingly works. I think there’s a total of 20 pages max for Miss Marple, but of course she’s still the one to crack the case.
I got so invested with the story of this one that I couldn’t even put the book down. I loved why the book is titled “The Mirror Crack’d”. The story behind it is so fascinating:
“The mirror crack’d from side to side: ‘The doom has come upon me,’ cried the Lady of Shalott. Well, that’s what she looked like.”
She quoted The Lady of Shallot as the expression of Marina – the actress who was hosting the party. It was a strange description of her expression that got me so curious. I kept asking ‘What/Who did she saw?’ and I absolutely enjoyed the ending! I was satisfied with the answers in the end. I didn’t see it coming to be honest. It was quite a ride.
There’s a complexity in the story that I liked and a hint of something different that I truly enjoyed. This has a low rating on goodreads but I liked it, so of course I would recommend it to anyone looking for a mystery novel to read. 🧡
Favorite lines from the book:
“She couldn’t let the past go and she could never see the future as it really was, only as she imagined it to be.”
“In my experience, bossy women seldom get themselves murdered. I can’t think why not. When you come to think of it, it’s rather a pity.”
“If you look into somebody’s soul by accident, you feel a bit embarrassed about cashing in.”