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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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Review: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie. 06/17/2017

Agatha Christie’s books are always interesting and fascinating. The famous character Miss Marple will keep you interest all throughout the book. I like the way she profiles herself as not being interested in any issue, event or situation in the story but she keeps the reader in a thought provoking situation for the next opinion, insight or solution she comes up with. Plus, no matter what kind of a case she follows she is always a step ahead of the reader.

The story is about a newlywed Gwenda Reed who has gone to the south of England ahead of her husband to look for a home to buy. It didn’t take her long to find the home she wanted. Gwenda felt it was the perfect one in the village of Dillmouth that seemed to draw her interest so she bought it. However, while walking through the house she had a sudden feeling of anxiety when descending the staircase from the second floor. Also, when Gwenda walked through the house she had an idea about making a couple of changes with entrances that she felt someone had blocked.

Within a few days Gwenda had a vision of a woman name Helen who was dead at the bottom of the staircase and she also felt like she was in that house before. Gwenda was confused because she knew she was born in India and raised in New Zealand. She decided to go out for a few hours and visit with her husband’s cousins who lived not far from her home. They had an out of town visitor who was introduced as their Aunt Marple. A few days later her husband Giles got there and he was happy with the house and the environment. At this time she told Giles about her strange vision and her feelings she had about the house and what happened at the play she went to see with his cousins and Aunt. She was not sure how he would act and was afraid her would wonder if she was going insane. However, he stood by her and decided to look into other owner of the house. Giles was an inquisitive type of person and felt there’s a reason for everything.

They explained the situation with Miss Marple and she felt Gwenda was reliving some earlier memory. Despite Miss Marple’s advise to leave the past alone but they were adamant to look into what might have happened. That’s when Miss Marple leaves London and travels to Dillmouth for health reasons and the fresh sea air. With no intent, Miss Marple got involved with Giles and Gwenda’s search. The way she maneuvered around to get information no one really knew she was on top of things however, they did noticed she was always one step ahead of them…..and the mystery goes on….. ( )
  Juan-banjo | Jun 20, 2017 |
Thinking Retroactively
Miss Jane Marple has many talents. In this case she shows a capacity to reflect and reconstruct acts retroactively. The plot is interesting. One has to think carefully to discover the murder. Agatha tells the story in a direct manner. Miss Marple comes in the scene in a politely way and gains the confidence of the persons involved. A good reading that shows some of Miss Marple's techniques. ( )
  MarcusBastos | May 18, 2017 |
This is one of my favorite Miss Marples and Rosemary Leach did a fine narration. Having read this several times before, I was able to appreciate how skillfully Christie gives you all the clues while misdirecting you! Only one place was there a slight flavor of 'cheating' when the narrative jumps in time from Kennedy with the Reeds to Lily's murder and back, implying that the murder happened simultaneously with the tea. ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 14, 2017 |
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 |
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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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