Also published as The Mirror Crack'd.
One minute, silly Heather Badcock had been babbling on at her movie idol, the glamorous Marina Gregg. The next, Heather suffered a massive seizure, poisoned by a deadly cocktail.
It seems likely that the cocktail was intended for the beautiful... read more
“The cup of tea arrived almost as the thought came to her. Brought on a tray with four sweet biscuits on a little plate.”
“What I say is, if you want a thing you've got to take the risks. I always do.”Heather Badcock
“You can't keep any secrets in St Mary Mead.”Mrs Bantry
“I don't know why you should assume that I think of murder all the time.”Miss Marple
“If you can't knit, what about unravelling for a change? Penelope did.”Dr. Haydock
“'Murders,' said Miss Marple, 'can happen anywhere. And do.'”Miss Marple
“This place is right for me, Jinks, just right. It's what I've always wanted. Quiet. English quiet and the English countryside. I can see myself living here, living here all my life if need be. And we'll adopt the English way of life. We'll have afternoon tea every afternoon with China tea and my lovely Georgian tea service. And we'll look out of the window on those lawns and that English herbaceous border. I've come home at last, that's what I feel. I feel that I can settle down here, that I can be quiet and happy. It's going to be home, this place. That's what I feel. Home'”Marina Gregg
“'<...> Marina is one of those people, you know, who are always thinking they've found their heart's desire. But life isn't as easy as that, is it?'”Ella Zielinsky
“'One has to dare if one wants to get anywhere'”Mrs. Bantry
“Times change. That is a thing which has to be accepted.”Miss Marple
‘But marriage is not like that, Chief-Inspector. There can be no rapture continued indefinitely. We are fortunate indeed if we can achieve a life of quiet content, affection, and serene and sober happiness.’Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
bossy women seldom get themselves murdered. I can’t think why not. When you come to think of it, it’s rather a pity.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
She was the sort of person who tells you what they’ve done and what they’ve seen and what they’ve felt and what they’ve heard. They never mention what any other people said or did. Life is a kind of one-way track — just their own progress through it. Other people seem to them just like — like wall-paper in a room.’Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
‘Children feel things, you know,’ said Miss Marple, nodding her head. ‘They feel things more than the people around them ever imagine. The sense of hurt, of being rejected, of not belonging. It’s a thing that you don’t get over just because of advantages. Education is no substitute for it, or comfortable living, or an assured income, or a start in a profession. It’s the sort of thing that might rankle.’Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
And her memory’s bad. Can’t recognize her relations always and tells them to go away.’ ‘That might be shrewdness really,’ said Miss Marple, ‘rather than a loss of memory.’Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
‘You mean inquisitive, nosy?’ ‘No, I don’t,’ said Cherry. ‘I don’t mean that at all. She was a very kind woman and she was always doing things for people. And she was always quite sure she knew the best thing to do. What they thought about it wouldn’t have mattered.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
She did the worst thing to me that anyone can do to anyone else. Let them believe that they’re loved and wanted and then show them that it’s all a sham.’Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
She’s got one of those temperaments that swing to and fro between despair and rapture.Highlighted by 4 Kindle customers
brought to one suddenly that feeling of breath-taking loveliness that comes not from regularity of feature but from sudden magic of the flesh that catches the onlooker unawares.Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
‘I don’t know whether you would like it,’ said Miss Marple. ‘I should be delighted for you to have it if you would like it.’Highlighted by 3 Kindle customers
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