They Do it with Mirrors

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Carrie-Louise is living in a vast house that is now a home for 'delinquent' boys and her sister is worried that she cannot cope or worse - will come to harm. When there is a murder and Carrie-Louise's life is also threatened can Miss Marple bring a murderer to light?


About this story

First released

April 1952 (serialised in Cosmopolitan, US)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Detective

Formats

  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Television Film

Recurring characters

  • Miss Marple

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

Like many Agatha Christie novels, They Do It with Mirrors was first published in a condensed form. The April 1952 issue of the US edition of Cosmopolitan saw the publication of Murder With Mirrors with illustrations by Joe Bowler and in the UK the novel was serialised in the weekly magazine John Bull in six abridged instalments with illustrations by George Ditton. Dodd, Mead published the true first edition in 1952 (again calling it Murder with Mirrors) with Collins Crime Club publishing in November that year under Christie's preferred title. 

For Miss Marple fans this story holds a few ...

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Like many Agatha Christie novels, They Do It with Mirrors was first published in a condensed form. The April 1952 issue of the US edition of Cosmopolitan saw the publication of Murder With Mirrors with illustrations by Joe Bowler and in the UK the novel was serialised in the weekly magazine John Bull in six abridged instalments with illustrations by George Ditton. Dodd, Mead published the true first edition in 1952 (again calling it Murder with Mirrors) with Collins Crime Club publishing in November that year under Christie's preferred title. 

For Miss Marple fans this story holds a few intriguing clues to her childhood. For example, we learn that she grew up in a cathedral close, and that she studied at an Italian finishing school with Ruth and Caroline "Carrie" Louise Serrocold.

Murder with Mirrors, an adaptation starring Helen Hayes was broadcast by CBS in 1985. The BBC adapted it in 1982 with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. The film was basically faithful to the novel, with the exception that Alex survives the attack on his life. In 2009 it was Julia McKenzie's turn to be Miss Marple in ITV's adaptation - the rich Ruth van Rydock was played by Joan Collins.

Some elements of the plot were also incorporated into the 1964 film Murder Ahoy!, which starred Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple, along with a token tribute to The Mousetrap.The house is changed to a retired ship. Overall, Christie was rather unimpressed with the dramatic changes which bear little resemblance to her original work.

In 2001 Radio 4 broadcast a dramatisation of They Do it with Mirrors with June Whitfield as Miss Marple. 



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