147. The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side (Agatha Christie)

Saturday, October 13, 2012
I actually finished this book back in mid-Septemer but I've fallen behind on my blogging of late...  Time to catch up.  Another wonderful murder mystery from Agatha Christie.  This is one of my favourite Christie stories; one of those rare occasions where I love both the novel and  the film version (the 2010 version starring Julia McKenzie and Joanna Lumley).

A quick synopsis:
The locals are all aflutter when an American film actress Marina Gregg takes up residence at Gossington Hall with her fifth husband, a dashing young English film director Jason Rudd. During a charity benefit hosted by the couple, local Marina Gregg fan Heather Badcock rambles on to her hostess about their meeting years earlier. Marina’s mysterious reaction to Heather’s recollection is to stare off into the distance in frozen shock. A few minutes later, Heather is dead and a poisoned drink is suspected. It appears that many at the party have secret reasons to want the film star dead, including Marina herself.

The film version varies somewhat from the novel but not enough to be distracting or upsetting to die hard Christie fans (at least I don't think so).  I loved that a big clue to the murder lay in a simple bit of grammar.  I won't give it away but pay close attention!

The title of the novel comes from a Tennyson poem, The Lady of Shalott:
Out flew the web and floated wide – The mirror crack’d from side to side;
“The curse is come upon me,” cried The Lady of Shalott.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sounds intriguing. Although I have read many mystery novels over the years, I am not entirely certain I have ever read any Christie ones. I will need to fix that!

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