Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Mirror Crack'd

The Mirror Crack'D: A Miss Marple Mystery (Audio Editions Mystery Masters)

Agatha Christie

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Fiction, Mystery

An actress moving to town is always a subject for gossip, particularly when she is buying a manor and having a social event to invite everyone in. Especially when, at this function, someone drinks a deadly poison, and the nervous-breakdown-prone actress might have been the target.

Miss Marple, with her interest in human affairs, hopes to unravel the mystery and find the killer before he or she strikes again. The only clues she has to work with are recollections of party guests, and the description of an encounter between the victim and the actress. The major difficulty she has is a housekeeper who treats Miss Marple as an infant.

What is it with the disrespect for elders in Christie novels? It's obviously not related to birth or breeding— a young silly woman who does some housework for Miss Marple treats her as a real person, while the stolid housekeeper treats her as a child— but it's a recurring theme.

At any rate, I understood the solution, when presented, better than many modern readers (though it is explained). Suffice to say that this is something my mother worried about with good reason, and almost never happens now.

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