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Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  14,292 ratings  ·  656 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 1976)
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Nandakishore Varma
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
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Cheryl Kennedy
What have you done with the advice, let sleeping dogs lie? Does it stop your forward motion or quicken your curiosity?

Gwenda and Giles Reed are euphoric newlyweds from New Zealand moving to England to establish residence and begin a family. Twenty-one year old Gwenda intuitively selects an old Victorian home in the seaside town of Dillmouth.

The next phase of married life will be the renovation of Hillside which feels increasingly familiar to Gwenda with each planned change, that being impossib
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Miglė Keliotytė
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.
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
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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
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Marilyn Maya
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
Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Sep 05, 2013 Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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
Philip
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
Elizabeth (TheBookishUniverse)
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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
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Clara
4.5

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
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Razzleteddy (Shiera)
Mar 19, 2009 Razzleteddy (Shiera) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Shelves: mysteries-crimes
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Eustacia Tan
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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Bookaholic
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
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John Mccullough
May 21, 2014 John Mccullough rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agatha Christie lovers
Liked it, again. Gwenda Reed arrives in England, leaving her husband, Giles, in New Zealand, who will join her shortly. She looks for a house in the south of England that they can live in, she finds one, falls in love with it because she feels so comfortable in it, almost as if she had lived in it before. Going to London to visit relatives whilst workers are updating some of the house, she is taken to a performance of "The Duchess of Malfi." A crucial line in it freaks her out and she races back ...more
Ankit Agrawal
Star Values
1 Star - Hated It
2 Stars - Didn't Like It
3 Stars - It was okay
4 Stars - Liked it
5 Stars - Loved it, it was amazing

Review:
Very good writing but a bit predictable. And quite a short book for a mystery or crime fiction
Connie
What a lovely, imaginative mystery! I had started my first and last James Patterson, 1st to Die, got 3/4 way through it, ughed it closed. Agatha Christie's last Miss Marple book was a wonderful restorative. Thank you, Miss Christie.
Esraa
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 :)) .
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13)
این کتاب با عنوانهای: «جنایت خفته»، «جنایت از یاد رفته»، و «جنایت در گذشته های دور» نیز، به نشر سپرده شده است. ا. شربیانی
Margaret
This might be one of my favorite Christies yet.

I have learned over time that the most "obvious" suspects in a Christie are almost NEVER the guilty party. No, it's the quiet ones you have to watch out for-- the ones with seemingly air-tight alibis, the ones who so helpfully provide the detective(s) with case-solving, the ones whom you realize, after you get to the end of the novel, were never thoroughly investigated by Agatha Christie.

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Emma
As her last mystery, I thought this story was a very good one. It was different and the two main characters were extremely likeable. After only a few chapters, I desperately wanted the culprit to be some else that who it was obvious to be. Of course, this being a Miss Marple case, it was never going to be but you never know.

Unfortunately, I guessed the culprit again. At first I was not sure but there is one thing that made it extremely obvious and I guessed. It was enjoyable though and I liked
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Larynda McKay
This is the second time I've been through this Agatha Christie book. I listened to it on Audible while I was laying in bed with the flu. I do enjoy Agatha Christie while I'm resting, trying to get over the aches and chills of a winter flu bug. Somehow, it's a light spot in the middle of feeling so terrible.

This is my second Agatha Christie mystery this month (I was sick quite a while this time; nasty flu season). What I love most is her descriptions and details of English life. I get so involve
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Read This
This book was very bad. It was so bad it made my eyes bleed. I am entitled to my opinion on this book and I say it was horrible. This whole book report is supposed to be about my feelings on the book, well here they are. I hate this book I would never want to read it again nor would I suggest it to anybody unless I hated them too. If my school ever picks another one of these books I will refuse to write a book report on it and will demand another book to write about. This book was so boring it m ...more
Nikki Nielsen
My husband found this book and three others at a swap meet for me and I was so excited! FOUR Agatha Christie's I haven't read!

For once I am sorry I didn't read the back of the book first. After finishing 'Sleeping Murder', I turned it over as I always do when finishing a book, and read the back. Then I found out that this is the last book Agatha Christie ever wrote. Miss Marple's final case! Somehow I think I would have let myself enjoy it more, treasure it more, if I had known.

Sleeping Murder
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Meave
Miss Marple's sort of a guardian angel in her last book here, and as I prefer her in a more active role, I didn't like this as much. The actual mystery was pretty good, but the whole "let sleeping murders lie" folderol, though not as annoying as matching murders to nursery rhymes, did grate.

I like Agatha Christie best in that very narrow time period before the Alzheimer's/dementia stopped her plots from making sense, but after she was old enough to relax her super-uptight, judgmental tone. Loose
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Dharia Scarab
For some reason I prefer her short stories.
Occasionally she stumps me, but this time I had it figured out early on.


Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I wo
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Heather
It has been years...maybe even a decade since I read an Agatha Christie book. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The story was gripping...it had many "couldn't put it down" moments. The characters were intriguing and fun to get to know. I will definitely be going back for another dose of Agatha Christie soon. I think they would make great "Beach Reads" or "Cross-country Road Trip Reads."
Ines
Gwenda Reed is staying with Marple's nephew for a few days. During a play, Gwenda screams out when she hears a couple of words and later confesses to Miss Marple she fears she is losing her mind as she saw an image of a strangled woman named Helen. To make things worse, she is in England for the first time in her life but she recognises the house she bought for herself and her husband as if she had been there before. Miss Marple calms her down and wonders whether Gwenda has lived in England when ...more
Amanda
This was my first Agatha Christie mystery (other than her autobiography that I randomly read - and enjoyed - in high school) and I actually quite enjoyed it! The first 50 pages I was thinking, well, this is a nice little simple mystery. But then details kept getting added, and more information, and it blossomed into a rather nice mystery. Not quite as nail-biting as some modern thrillers, hence only 4 stars. But very enjoyable and I do believe I will read more of hers!

I usually have a hard time
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Carmine
As always, nicely done. This was actually a reread for me, but I had forgotten everything expect for small details, so I experienced almost the same first-read excitement.
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Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • 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)
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