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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; New edition edition (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846070384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846070389
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,307,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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Miss Marple, almost as if she knew she wouldn't be around much longer, is her most self-effacing while she watches and warns quietly that "murder in retrospect" is the equivalent of sleeping murder which like those dogs should be let lie. However a young couple buy a house where just-married Gwenda has some deja-vu intimations of what took place their eighteen years ago and she and her husband look into the disappearance of her stepmother and the several men in her life that was. This is Miss Marple at her noticing, unobtrusive, kindly best - a perfect envoi. Dual Literary Guild selection for December in a two-in-one volume with The Murder at the Vicarage (which took place some time ago). (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs…

In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a ‘perfect’ crime committed many years before.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. She wrote 80 crime mysteries and collections, and saw her work translated into more languages than Shakespeare. Her enduring success, enhanced by many film and TV adaptations, is a tribute to the timeless appeal of her characters and the unequalled ingenuity of her plots.

‘A puzzle that is tortuous, surprising and finally satisfying.’
SUNDAY EXPRESS

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 July 2014
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'Sleeping Murder' is Miss Marple's last case and was published in 1976. It was to be the last Agatha Christie novel and was published after her death, although actually it wasn't the last Miss Marple book she wrote. It is set in the 1930s, and written during World War 2 and in it Jane Marple helps a young couple who insist on not letting sleeping murder lie.
In this book, newlywed Gwenda Reed looks for a home for her husband and herself. She buys Hillside, an old house on the south coast, because it feels like home to her. She stays in a room that used to be the nursery while the house is being renovated. She has an idea for wallpaper for the little nursery; when the workmen open up a hidden and long-sealed door which she had been sure must be there, the room beyond is papered in the very pattern she imagined. She goes to London to visit her relatives, Raymond West and his aunt, Miss Jane Marple. They go to the theatre and see 'The Duchess of Malfi' and at the words "Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle; she died young", Gwenda screams as she seems to see herself watching a man saying those very words as he strangles a blonde woman called Helen. Miss Marple soon realises that these things are not delusions but memories...
This book examines two interesting ideas. One is how far we are influenced by our childhood impressions and the other is whether it is always wise to know the whole truth. Sometimes, Miss Marple tells Gwenda, it is better to let sleeping dogs lie.
This book has all Agatha Christie's usual strengths - detailed and clever plotting with plenty of surprises, good characterisation and shrewd insight into human motives. These are the things that put her among the Big Four of the golden age of detective fiction, along with Dorothy L Sayers, Marjorie Allingham and Ngaio Marsh.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2000
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I expected the pace to be slow as it is a Miss Marple story. I started the book at midnight, thinking of getting through the heavy first few chapters, but ended up finishing the whole book at a go!
Miss Marple tackles a murder that has went undetected for 18 years. There are seemingly no clues whatsoever and no indications that a murder was committed. Only the memory of the eye-witness (who was three when she saw, and subsequently forgot about it) to rely on, Miss Marple finally expertly uncovered the sickening truth, but that was after yet another murder was committed to protect the killer's identity during the process...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By craftyangel on 9 Mar. 2014
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I had read this before but it was so long ago I didn't remember the storyline and once again, I read it avidly and enjoyed every moment of the story as it unfolded. It was still a surprise at the end. Brilliant stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on 6 Nov. 2014
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I really enjoy this authors books, her (Miss Marple) collection is gripping and very good to read. If you like the Murder mysteries I would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on 30 Dec. 2014
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Plenty of twists and turns and kept me guessing until the end. An easy read and very enjoyable. Well written just as you would expect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Southgate on 20 Oct. 2012
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another great work by agatha christie
i am still finding works that i didn't know
existed and i will carry on my search
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. L. Maddocks on 20 Jan. 2013
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Read this loads of times and enjoy it on every occasion. This is about a woman called Gwenda originally from New Zealand who buys a house and starts to experience funny incidences regarding the house. When Gwenda goes to a play and reacts to some of the words she thinks she is going mad. Whilst at this play she is accompanied by Miss Marple who witnesses the whole episode and talks to Gwenda into finding out wheather she's actually been to England before when she was a little girl rather than rushing off to a psychiatrist. Having found out from a relative that she has indeed been to England before a whole can of worms is opened and we are taken on an excursion of family secrets that were thought to have been buried long ago.

Very good book and would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol lamerton on 7 Dec. 2013
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Any book by EB is cleverly written. I try to imagine how it would come across on screen so I can really get into the character.
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