- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (2 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007121067
- ISBN-13: 978-0007121069
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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
The owner of a seaside villa is plagued by strange feelings about its past...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.See all Product description
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Gwenda Reed has arrived from New Zealand, charged with buying a house for her, and her new husband, Giles; who is due to join her soon. She falls in love with a house in Dillmouth, called Hillside, and buys it. However, aside from a disconcerting feeling of fear when she stands at the top of the stairs, soon there are other familiar things that she should not know about. She senses a door should be leading from a room, and finds it has been closed up, she imagines a wallpaper and finds it in an old cupboard… Unnerved, she goes to stay with cousins of Giles, who just happen to be Raymond West, Miss Marple’s nephew, and his wife, Joan. Then an event brings back the memory of a dead body, lying at the bottom of the stairs in her house. Fearing she is going mad, she confides in Miss Marple, who not only believes her, but decides go and stay in Dillmouth to keep an eye on things.
Some years before, Gwenda discovered she had lived in the house, as a small child. Her step mother was rumoured to had run off with another man, but what if she hadn’t? Giles and Gwenda set out to investigate, but will raking up the past prove dangerous and can they really discover what happened so long ago? This is an enjoyable murder mystery, with Miss Marple heavily involved in events. There are a number of possible suspects and, although I actually guessed the correct one, it was still an interesting read, with good characters and Miss Marple really investigating the crime.
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.
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