Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple) Paperback – 2 Jun 2008
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‘A puzzle that is tortuous, surprising and finally satisfying.’ Sunday Express
‘Miss Marple is spry, shrewd and compassionate.’ Sunday Telegraph
From the Back Cover
Miss Marple's Final Case
A novel that adheres to the classic mystery formula, as well as transcends it, Sleeping Murder -- published the year of Agatha Christie's death -- marks the final appearance of her popular sleuth. And this time "Christie makes us feel her shiver" (New York Times) as the usually unflappable Miss Jane Marple delves into the moral complexities of an immoral crime. Gwenda Reed's new home, a charming Victorian villa, is giving the lovely new bride the strangest feeling of deja vu -- and an unnatural dread that's taking its toll. Perhaps her husband's aunt, Miss Jane Marple, can calm the young woman's frayed nerves. But how can anyone solve a mystery such as this when the only clues are those in Gwenda's vivid imagination? As Aunt Jane digs a little deeper she's soon to discover just how truthful -- and terrifying -- the imagination can be.... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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...
Very good book and would recommend.
Unfortunately, when, at the
beginning of this book, Miss Marple
engages with a character whose demise is
the reason for the appearance of the main
cast of "The Mirror Cracked", I was
distracted for the rest of the book. This was a huge shame and spoiled my enjoyment of what is it is a good read.
Could she have lived in the house as a child? Gwenda meets Miss Marple through the novelist Raymond West and she advices Gwenda to leave well alone and not try and find out what happened. But Gwenda and Giles are curious and decide to see what they can find out.
Naturally Miss Marple cannot resist an opportunity to solve a mystery and she persuades her doctor to recommend a few weeks by the sea. What follows is an intriguing mystery in which no one's reputation is safe and family secrets and lies are uncovered. It is well written and the plot is excellently done with plenty of suspects and clues for the discerning reader to sift through.
There are few authors who can match Agatha Christie with her complex and believable plots and characters and this story stands the test of time extremely well. An enjoyable and entertaining read for those who like their mysteries in the classic mould.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very clever writing. Am trying to think as writer did but still got culprit wrong! Always a good read at edtime.Published 2 months ago by Penny
Going back to read the Agatha Christie's that I didn't read when I was younger! She is SUCH a good crime writer.Published 7 months ago by flossie
My favorite Marple case. Very entertaining in this audio/dramatic format.Published 7 months ago by Mr. D. G. Phillips
another great agatha christie story, i am sad that this was the last miss marple case, but she was enjoyable as ever.Published 12 months ago by grandmaC