Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple Mystery) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Sep 2014
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“Professional detectives are no match for elderly spinsters… it is hard not to be impressed.”
Times Literary Supplement
From the Back Cover
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.’
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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 3 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 8 months ago by flossie
My favorite Marple case. Very entertaining in this audio/dramatic format.Published 8 months ago by Mr. D. G. Phillips