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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.

©1962 Agatha Christie Limited, a Chorion Company. All rights reserved (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

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"The pieces finally drop into place with a satisfying click." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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  • Charlotte
  • 16-01-2012

Another twisted mystery from Christie

Another excellent Agatha Christie mystery, ably read by Joan Hickson. The to-be-expected whiplash moment is present, as just when you think you have it all solved, she turns everything on its head.

Joan Hickson delivers another solid performance, bringing her vocal range and subtlety to bear on a rather wide cast of characters. She manages to convey character with the pitch and pace she gives to the various members of the "cast", and makes each of them unique.

Very pleased with this purchase, always an excellent combination, this narrator and author.

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  • Linda J Wines
  • 18-05-2017

How did she do it ?

I've just finished listening to the wonderful reading by Joan Hickson of Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side. I am in awe of the Grand Madam of Mystery and Murders ability to have me totally enthralled and constantly wavering as to who committed which murder. Her characters are drawn so finely and yet with very little descriptive prose, the motive is not easily derived, the method is simple, and the denouement is so satisfactory that I can never get quite enough of her writing.
Miss Marple's uncanny ability to get at the truth using her experience of and understanding of people's frailties and nature, means that she doesn't even have to be at the scene to gain the insights and knowledge of who did it and why. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery, and enjoys Joan Hickson's wonderful voice . You won't be disappointed !

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  • 13-02-2016

Exquisite narration for an exquisite tale

Joan Hickson is THE Miss Marple - her ability with spoken dialogue is fabulous. Id found the recording of her version of Nemesis slightly hard to hear; it was also wonderful but some of the sounds were a bit fuzzy and hard to make out. Not so with this. It was clear as a bell!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-2015

Another excellent Crime Story

Agatha knows intrege and Joan keeps the listener listening both a credit to their profession

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  • Jaye what if
  • 25-04-2015

Mirror cracked from side to side

Excellent, the story tells your past never stays in the past, famous actress retires, to St Mary Mead, they hold a fete, to meet the local community St John's Ambulance service, a special group are invited in, one lady meets the actress, and tells a story then 5 minutes later , she's dead!!!!! be prepared for the twists

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  • Flaminia
  • 06-05-2012

Nice read.

Good plot, as usual, with a touch of glamour and a shiver down the spine.