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"Dead Man's Mirror" by Agatha Christie. Read by Nigel Hawthorne. "Miss Marple Investigates" by Agatha Christie. Read by Joan Hickson. Both from Listen for Pleasure (two cassettes each, unabridged). The world's most read mystery writer (a half-billion copies printed) threatens to become its most listened to. There are at least three other Christie offerings on this label. Hawthorne makes a rather stolid, heavily accented Hercule Poirot in a mystery filmed as "The Mirror Crack'd" in 1980. Hickson, television's new Jane Marple, reads four short stories. Pleasant readings, though she makes a less fluttery and amusing Miss Marple than the late Margaret Rutherford, who is the character for many of us. Information: (800) 843-8404. Both rate

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