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1mrcaw
Nov 7, 10:25pm Top

What I know for certain is that a woman moves into a home (possibly with a husband, maybe kid(s))..
In one of the rooms she keeps walking towards a wall when she goes to exit the room.
Obviously she can't walk through the wall and she thinks to herself that there should be a doorway where she wants to walk..as in it would make sense for a doorway to be there.
Finally I believe it turns out she was a child in that same house...and probably saw a murder there.

Thanks for all your help.

Chris

2MissWatson
Nov 8, 3:57am Top

It reminds me of Sleeping Murder.

3konallis
Nov 8, 5:52am Top

Second that.

4DisassemblyOfReason
Edited: Nov 9, 2:46am Top

I agree with the others that this sounds like Sleeping Murder, and it is Agatha Christie's, yes.

From chapter 1, I think:

...It was the third time she'd done that. She always seemed to expect to be able to walk through the solid wall into the dining room next door.


(She then resolves to talk to the builder and decorator about having a door put into that spot, and on inspection it turns out there was a door there before.)

She later finds out that one of the bedrooms had been repapered, and the old paper under it was the wallpaper she'd thought would look nice there.

She does have a husband, but she buys the place before he joins her in England, so at the beginning of the story she's going through the process without him. She doesn't have kids yet, but the wallpaper room was previously a nursery.

5mrcaw
Nov 9, 6:47am Top

Hello everyone! Why of course it's SLEEPING MURDER! Thank you so much. What's sort of embarrassing is I was reading The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie, edited by Dick Riley and Pam McAllister which GIVES a short synopsis of each of Christie's novel, but I was SO convinced that it was NOT either of Christie's last two published novels, Sleeping Murder and Curtain, that I really just glanced at those blurbs. And of course, as soon as I saw everyone's suggestion, I immediately picked up the book and read the synopsis and sure enough...there it was! Funny but for some reason, I remember that book as having a more old fashioned vibe to it, which is why I assumed it must have been an earlier Christie. So when I couldn't find the details I relayed in my question to everyone, it was driving me crazy!

This was my first time using this site and I am very thankful to everyone!

I'm not a mystery reader per se, just an Agatha Christie fan as my mom used to read them, so I picked up one WAY back in the day and started reading and of course was hooked.

I am a book book collector though. Primarily focusing on those books published after 1900 though I do have some books from the 19th century.

Anyway, hope to return the favor some day.

Christopher

7DisassemblyOfReason
Nov 10, 2:29am Top

The old-fashioned vibe seems justified; the last 2 books, including this one, were written much earlier than they were published, as I understand it (prior to the end of World War II).

There's a minor continuity error in Sleeping Murder that I've always put down to that. Miss Marple encounters Colonel Bantry in passing during the story, on the way to asking his wife a question - but Mrs Bantry had been widowed by the time of The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side.

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