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Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  17,222 Ratings  ·  852 Reviews
Originally published the year of Agatha Christie's death, Sleeping Murder is a novel as legendary as its lead character and its creator...A novel that adheres to the classic mystery formula, and transcends it... A novel that is a must for every mystery reader, marking the final bow of Christie's beloved sleuth, Miss Jane Marple. Now Sleeping Murder is back in a special tra ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by NAL (first published October 1976)
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Sep 09, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Miss Marple
What's my favorite Agatha Christie novel? Well, I'd have a hard time picking between Murder on the Orient Express and Sleeping Murder. But this one is more, um, realish?
The idea that what happened in Murder on the Orient Express could actually pretty far-fetched. And, yes Sleeping Murder is (by today's standards) kinda outlandish, too.
Less outlandish than MotOE. <--MY OPINION

Plus, I love me some Miss Marple!


The main characters are newlyweds Gwenda & Giles, but Jane Marple
Nandakishore Varma
May 26, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In the beginning, a personal anecdote:

As a child, I was troubled intermittently by a nightmare. I am walking around the compound of my maternal grandfather's ancestral home, when I reach a dilapidated building in a secluded corner. I open it and enter, even though my better sense counsels against it. Inside, it is a prayer room dedicated to evil gods. Their pictures are hung all over the walls, and their ugly idols leer up at me. Also, the place is full of the images of the tortured victims of t
Ali AlShewail
هنوني يا جماعة :D
خمنت المجرم المرادي صح و من نص الرواية تقريبا :))
بس خمنته كدا ضربة حظ او مجرد احساس انما باقي التفاصيل اللي في الرواية حاجة مذهلة فعلا :D
عجيبة أجاثا كريستي بتقدر تصنع رواية مدهشة من لا شيئ تقريبا
اقرأوا الرواية دي فكرتها روعة و ممتعة جدا :)
Rinda Elwakil
Sep 19, 2016 Rinda Elwakil is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب العيد، طبعة مكتبة جرير
مش لاقياها هنا ف اخترت دي علي ما حد يضيفها
قولي يا سيدتي :))
Nov 04, 2015 BrokenTune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Her words held all the pointed innuendo that elderly ladies are able to achieve with the minimum of actual statement.

I had low expectations for this one. Nemesis broke me. Nemesis was the book that obliterated any regards I may have harboured for Miss Marple.
It seems, however, that Sleeping Murder was written well before Nemesis, even if it was published last in the series, and that the Miss Marple of Sleeping Murder is not as annoying as her older self, yet.
As becomes clear at the end of this b
Aug 02, 2016 Veronique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Marple story.

After a slow start, this novel picks up in an engaging way. Was there a murder? And how do you find out nearly 20 years later? Marple is present but rather in the background, as as guiding presence, with her down-to-earth, common sense logic. As always, I am fascinated how events can be interpreted in such different ways, and how by turning a little bit, the picture becomes totally different.

The wrong clothes clue really spoke to me and reminded me of Glaspell's A Jury of Her
Sara Steger
Feb 17, 2016 Sara Steger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Vintage Agatha Christie. I figured this one out well in advance of the ending, but I still enjoyed the read and remember why Christie was so popular in her time. At the time this was written, it probably wouldn't have been so easy to solve the who-done-it. Christie and others have honed my sense of possibilities. Miss Marple is a very subtle character in this novel, more a guide than a detective.

A nice break from some heavier reading...I'm in the process of reading Middlemarch and needed some a
Laurel Hicks
Jan 26, 2016 Laurel Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started last month to read all of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels in publication order. There are a dozen in all (plus some short stories, which I did not read this time through), and this is number twelve. My favorite? The first Miss Marple—The Murder at the Vicarage.

Novels featuring Miss Marple:

1. The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) 12/15
2. The Body in the Library (1942) 12/15
3. The Moving Finger (1943)
4. A Murder is Announced (1950)
5. They Do It with Mirrors, or Murder with Mirrors (1952
Newlywed Gwenda Reed travels ahead of her husband to find a home for them in the south of England. In the village of Dillmouth she see a house for sale that she immediately decides is the one. A house where she feels at home ... even though while walking through the house she had a sudden feeling of dread on the staircase. She is having work done on the new house and decides that there really should be a door between the drawing room and dining room and asks for an estimate. A workman checks it ...more
Marilyn Maya
Mar 24, 2012 Marilyn Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I joined Goodreads to review this book. I had read every one of Christie's books in younger days. I still love cozy mysteries as well as pychological dark ones. But I needed to say that in this book, Christie reveals her personal ideas and life more than any other. There is a character in the book who I think Christie patterned after her personal life. There is an unattractive woman who is married to a very charming man and everyone feels sorry for the husband whose wife is a jealous unhappy wom ...more
عبَّاد ديرانية
رواية جميلة، وإن لم تكن من أفضل أعمال أغاثا كريستي. الفكرة فريدة ومميزة جداً جداً، إلا أنه من الصَّعب أن تضاغ في رواية كاملة طويلة، فهي تُصبِح مملَّة نوعاً ما مع الوقت، لذلك فإنه يصعب تقييمها بأربع نجوم أم ثلاثة.

تبدأ الرواية بشكلٍ مثير للغاية، وتتّسم بفكرة مميزة غير اعتيادية أبداً، إلا أن الفكرة قد لا تكون مناسبةً لتحويلها إلى رواية كاملة طويلة. فمع تقدم الرواية، تبدأ الأحداث بالفتور، وتتحول شيئاً فشيئاً وأكثر فأكثر إلى تحقيق رتيبٍ ممل، يتركز في الحوارات مع الناس وتجميع الشهادات والأدلة، دون حدو
Miglė Keliotytė
Jun 28, 2015 Miglė Keliotytė rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a really serious and dark book before, I needed something lighter to rest my mind. I just saw this book at the market, it was super cheap, furthermore, Agatha Chritie never dissapoints me, so I grabbed it instantly. And it really was good. Even thought I guessed right who the killer was halfway throught the book, it still kept me waiting to find out how the events will unfold. I higly recommend it to all Agatha Christie's fans and detective genre lovers.
Dec 06, 2015 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A nice light mystery and Agatha Christie never disappoints! This time I spotted the perpetrator early on, but the author kept me guessing even so, as the twists and turns she threw in complicated the search for the culprit.

After reading a long historical fiction novel I was ready for Christie's deft touch with down-to-earth characters.

Giles and Gwenda are newlyweds looking for a home in England. Gwenda, although born in England, had been raised in New Zealand. She is happy and excited when she
Sep 02, 2014 Esraa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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رواية مثيرة ، فكرة فريدة و مميزة جداً
نهاية صادمة إلي حداً ما ، و لكنها ثمة جيدة لفكرتها الفريدة أصلاً و قد شفعلها ذلك رغم إحساسي بالملل فـِ جزء كبير منها
- تستحق القراءة :)) .
Jenny Maloney
***First off, just to clarify the description provided by Goodreads--it's not Miss Marple's nephew's wife. The main characters are a lovely young couple that Miss Marple meets via her nephew.***

This book was written waaaay before it was published in 1976. It sat in a deposit box waiting for the light of day. So there may be some inconsistancies with the rest of the series...but Miss Marple is not a series that you have to read in-order, in order to enjoy it.

That being said, I can see why this b
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Sep 05, 2013 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a taste for an awesome mystery
There are some Authors whose books you read and think "How did they think of that?"

Their stories are so unique. Agatha Christie is one such author and Sleeping Murder is one such book that keeps you in a constant state of excitement with all its twists and turns all the while wowing you with its amazing story and its awesome conclusion. :)

"Sleeping Murder" is Miss Marple’s last case, published posthumously in 1976, although Agatha Christie had written it during the Second World War. Miss Marpl
Miss Karen Jean Martinson
I'm staying with my dear friend Tam, who has about 1001 Agatha Christie books in her house, and I picked up Sleeping Murder for some before-bed reading. Oh how I love Miss Marple! She is a little in the background in this one (her last mystery), and I suspect that Christie may have been paving the way for a new lady detective, Gwenda (perhaps paired with husband Giles) because she lets the young newlyweds do a lot of the investigating. But they don't do it as well as dear Jane. Where they are of ...more
Die Bewertung dieses Christie-Krimis bereitet mir einiges Kopfzerbrechen. Der Beginn und der Fortgang bis zum zweiten Drittel gestaltete sich noch spannend, obwohl ich leider von Anfang an den Täter erkannte, ohne jedoch sein Motiv erklären zu können. Christie lässt das junge Ehepaar stets von drei Verdächtigen ausgehen, während sich Miss Marple vornehm zurückhält, aber letztlich natürlich ihre Aufklärungsmethode die der Polizei überstrahlt. Das Motiv der drei möglichen Täter war mir zu unlogisc ...more
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This is the first novel I read of the Miss Marple series and I can’t say that I didn’t like it. I will only say that I definitely prefer Poirot. In this case, we rarely read about her or her actions, she only appears out of nowhere to help in the investigation, by saying that we shouldn’t trust what people say. It was certainly a helpful hint for the readers, to remember that everything we are told, isn’t always truth and in this case, reminding us that the
C.P. Lesley
Sep 07, 2015 C.P. Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Agatha Christie wrote this book—and Curtain, the last mystery featuring Hercule Poirot—long before either was published, when she was at the very top of her game. And it shows.

Gwenda, a young woman raised in New Zealand, is looking for a house on her first trip to England. She finds one, in Dillworth, a small town on the southern coast. Almost immediately, she begins to have odd experiences: she asks her gardener to change the location of some steps, only to discover that steps once existed in t
Jun 28, 2016 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Like the last Poirot this was written years before Christie died. As such it benefits from avoiding the conspiracy theories which seemed to preoccupy her and her final books. The case itself is pretty standard - the clues are all there, as are the red herrings, and of course I had most of the suspects down as being the murderer at one time or another. Just how I like to read Agatha Christie!
Evi  The Fangirl
Jul 29, 2016 Evi The Fangirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well... What can I say about this book? I finally understood why there is so much hype around Agatha Christie. It was such a fast pace book, easy to read and grips you from the first page. Throughout the whole story you are stopping in some pages, in order to think of who could have done it. And you can't find it. At all. I have to admit that Miss Marple is pretty smart, but she got on my nerves at some parts... This is an amazing read, I highly recommend it and even now I'm still thinking
Pallabi Dutta {Devourer of Books and Tea}
When reading this book, I enjoyed it immensely. I normally don't get scared for the characters, but Gwenda did take a little soft spot in my heart.
Sometimes the descriptions of a story is so vivid one forgets that they are reading a fictional story and not living one.
The story follows the life of Gwenda who has newly arrived in England from New Zealand, leaving her husband behind who will join her shortly. While looking for a house in south of England she comes upon an old country house. She i
Cînd vine momentul Agatha Christie, e nedetronabil. Vine rar, dar total. Pentru Misterul crimei fără cadavru am suspendat o zi, adică, de la un punct încolo, mi-am zis că n-are nici un rost să-mi mai propun să mă apuc de ceva. Nu săriţi cu invidia: am zis deja că momentul Agatha Christie vine rar! Rarisim.

Misterul crimei fără cadavru (îmi place foarte tare titlul, cred că o să-l scriu de multe ori!) e un roman (tradus de Andreea Năstase, Ed. Rao) cu Miss Marple. Inutil să amintesc cît respect, a
Mar 25, 2011 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read SLEEPING MURDER in Fall, 1976, as soon as copies hit the stores - it was, as it turned out, the last Christie book that remained for me to read! Although it was subtitled (and publicized) as "Miss Marple's Last Case" it really wasn't (I don't think current reprints even carry that line anymore) - the setting of the story actually occurs somewhere between THE MOVING FINGER (1942/43) and A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED (1950) - in fact, the performance of the play DUCHESS OF MALFI, which sets t ...more

Este libro me gustó mucho porque fue un poco diferente, en el sentido que tienen mucha participación dos personajes de la historia que no pensé que iban a ser tan activos, y que es un misterio que quedó sin resolver hace casi veinte años.

Los personajes me gustaron mucho, y se los llega a conocer bastante, si bien el libro es corto.

Llegando al final del libro, pensé que sabía quien es el culpable, y estaba tan segura que me sorprendí muchísimo cuando me enteré quien es. Nunca me lo hubiera ima
Jun Nguyễn
Nhân vật thám tử siêu mờ nhạt, và đố mà đoán ra được cái kết khi không hề có gợi ý hay logic gì luôn. Được cái có mấy câu hài cười ngặt nghẽo :)
Razzleteddy (Shiera)
Mar 19, 2009 Razzleteddy (Shiera) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mysteries-crimes
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Aug 06, 2016 Belal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اول قراية للمدام أجاثا كريستي والانطباع الأول مش بطال ومبشر بقرايات تانية ..زمان لما كنت بسمع الاسم افتكره اسم لراجل والله يرحم الجاهلين زيي..الرواية حلوة وتشد من اول سطر لاخر سطر بس انا كنت متوقع القاتل ..روايات اجاثا كريستي ممتعه زيها زي ارثر كونان دويل مع الاختلاف طبعا في اسلوب كل واحد فيهم واتاخد كتير من روايتها لافلام اهمها طبعا كونان
Eustacia Tan
Jul 06, 2015 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As you may know, I haven't really read the Miss Marple mysteries, because I'm more partial to the Belgian detective. However, this story may have converted me into a Miss Marple fan. (I believe there's a Miss Marple anime. That's one more thing to watch)

Sleeping Murder has Miss Marple subtly guiding Gwenda and Giles, a newlywed that just arrived from Britain. In a remarkable coincidence, Gwenda chooses a house where a murder may have taken place... eighteen years ago. And, the victim was related
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Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
  • The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)
  • The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
  • They Do It with Mirrors (Miss Marple, #6)
  • A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple, #7)
  • 4:50 from Paddington (Miss Marple, #8)
  • The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple, #9)
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