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Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Sleeping Murder (original 1976; edition 1976)

by Agatha Christie

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Title:Sleeping Murder
Authors:Agatha Christie
Info:Dodd, Mead (1976), Hardcover
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Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie (1976)

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    Nemesis by Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: The motive and method reminds me a little of another Miss Marple mystery, Nemesis.

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Another fantastic story from the “Miss Marple” series. Intricate plot that did not show in the movie version of the story. If you read The Duchess of Malfi you might guess who the guilty party is, otherwise, Mrs. Christie will lead you through winding paths to the grand and surprising finale. For some reason (Joan Hickson, perhaps?) I always thought Jane Marple was short, but the description of her shows a different sort of lady: “Miss Marple was an attractive old lady, tall and thin, with pink cheeks and blue eyes, and a gentle, rather fussy manner.” This comment by her nephew, Raymond West, will certainly puzzle the ones unacquainted with Victorian sensibilities: “All her dressing tables have their legs swathed in chintz.” I always enjoy Mrs. Christie’s little darts at the “grand” of the world, like in this instance, when Gwenda meets Dr. Penrose and considers that “perhaps psychiatrists always looked a little mad.” Agreed! Enjoyable too are Miss Marple’s witticisms, such as “Gentlemen always seem to be able to tabulate things so clearly.” Christie wrote this book during World War so II it portrays a younger Jane Marple; this being the last she wrote about Marple, not the last chronologically. It is a highly enjoyable book and I recommend it for Christie’s fans. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
pretty great ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
Her words held all the pointed innuendo that elderly ladies are able to achieve with the minimum of actual statement.

I had low expectations for this one. Nemesis broke me. Nemesis was the book that obliterated any regards I may have harboured for Miss Marple.
It seems, however, that Sleeping Murder was written well before Nemesis, even if it was published last in the series, and that the Miss Marple of Sleeping Murder is not as annoying as her older self, yet.
As becomes clear at the end of this book, the Miss Marple in Sleeping Murder still has some spring in her step.

Yet, as far as Dame Agatha's books are concerned, this one is not her finest. There is a lot of repetition in the discussion of the mystery and the repetition makes it easy to predict the murderer fairly early on.

All in all, there isn't really anything about the story or the book that stands out but it is a light and quick read for the Christie completist. ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
Miss Marple helps a young and newly married couple, Gwenda and Giles to solve a mystery. A murder mystery which was deep down in Gwenda's memory which came out when she again decides to buy a new house. A house which she had lived in when she was a kid and this fact she didnt know at all.

Good story plot :) ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
Quite by accident I picked up this one at a book fair. At the same time I started reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles - The very first published Agatha Christie and this one which was her last published book. It was interesting to read them concurrently as there were about 45 years and dozens of books in between. Sleeping Murder was definitely easier to read - I just felt the story flowed easier and the description was shorter without losing any descriptive power. But having said that I enjoyed the Mysterious Affair as well - it just wasn't quite as smooth. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
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Christie, Agathaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cole, StephanieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gjerløw, TuridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Laine, Anna-LiisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A young bride is having trouble settling in to their home. Feelings of unnatural dread are taking their toll. And when Miss Marple investigates, she learns how truthful-and terrifying-the imagination can be.

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A young bride, sent by her husband to look for a suitable house, finds the one that seems meant for her, a charming Victorian villa called Hillside.

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