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Sleeping Murder

(Miss Marple #13)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  30,508 ratings  ·  1,751 reviews
In Agatha Christies classic, Sleeping Murder, the indomitable Miss Marple turns ghost hunter and uncovers shocking evidence of a perfect crime.

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published August 4th 2003 by Dodd Mead; 1st edition (September 1976) (first published October 1976)
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Nov 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Miss Marple
Since I've been recommending this to everyone, I thought I'd listen to the audio version and see how it held up.
Yep. Still (to me) the best!

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.
Miss Marple appears scantily in this particular story. Here, the murder dominates the scene. I've noticed that the murders that Agatha Christie places in the relative past, that is prior to the current investigation, well these murders always have the bodies tumbled out of the cupboard. Books of Agatha Christie that use this device appeal to me, and also to many others, judging by the several mysteries where the author uses this trick.

It is a trick after all, a very solid gimmick that engenders
daph pink  || 君は

AUGUST 2020- book 23

(I don't review her books, never could because honestly I will be bias because I love her. )

For all who don't know , I am in love with Agatha Christie ever since I started reading her books( 5 years ago) and I planned to read a book of her each month so that I don't run out of her books !
Ahmad Sharabiani
Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13), Agatha Christie

Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple's Last Case is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in October 1976.

Newlywed Gwenda Reed travels ahead of her husband to find a home for them on the south coast of England. In a short time, she finds and buys Hillside, a large old house that feels just like home.

She supervises workers in a renovation, staying in a one-time nursery room while the work progresses. She forms a definite
mark monday
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murdertime
You Chose Your Own Adventure!

You have reached the end of your story, and it is like so many stories that have come before: a story of a murder long-buried, now reaching out to haunt those who live today. As always, you read this story with care, and you read it with a warning to the young: do not believe what you are told - and do not open old graves! Alas, they never listen. You shall guide them on their journey, and in the end, you will come to their rescue. That was ever to be your fate and
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
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I thought I had read this Miss Marple before, but maybe I hadn't. I would have thought the heroine (Gwenda) being both a New Zealander and having the same name as one of my childhood friends would have stuck in my mind if so.

Although this book stretches coincidence just about to breaking point and did lose momentum near the middle, I still enjoyed it. Some of Christie's earlier novels have a sly wit (in this book the scene with Miss Marple and her physician) and she evokes a long gone world of a
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Miss Marple; she is wise and knows human nature and knows that people can not be taken at face value, they lie. This is her last murder mystery in the series, which don't have to be read in order to enjoy them, but I prefer to see her more in the picture than in this story. She hovers in the background, helping the nice young couple afflicted by a ghostly vision from the past, but she's not really present in the story literally and figuratively.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is listed as the thirteenth Miss Marple novel, and was published in 1976, it was actually written during WWII and shows her as a fairly sprightly lady, compared to some books. According to the Agatha Christie website, it should sit between The Moving Finger, and A Murder is Announced, and that is where I have positioned it in my re-reading of these books.

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
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Woohooo!! Does finding the murderer in the second last chapter count?

Any Agatha Christie fan would be able to able to find out ""Who" I guess. But what I did not find out was the "Why". Although, I must agree the clues were present all along. DAMN, I will pay more attention next time

This one does not have twist after twist after twist in the last chapter. There is a murder -> Investigation-> Answer. No non sense. Nothing like you-could-have-never-imagined-this stuff.

It is a structured
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I've got to admit, I'm way too proud of myself that I actually guessing the ending of this one. And come on, it's Agatha Christie, that never happens 😆
Normally figuring out a twist ruins a book for me, but it was not at all the case this time. The tension in this book is fab and I found myself genuinely scared at some points.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - While, yes, I knew who probably dunnit from almost the jump in this one, I don't care. This gave me the CLASSIC first-read feels of a really good Christie. I'm not sure this one is actually as good as something like A POCKET FULL OF RYE, but the sheer joy this gave me throughout the experience bumps this up to me. A very fitting send off for good old Miss Jane Marple
Jack Heath
3 Stars. Written in the 1940s, "Sleeping" was only released after Christie's death. Why? No idea. It's good but not one of her greats. Some of the clues are not as well hidden as in "The Body in the Library." Recently married in New Zealand, Gwenda Reed preceded her husband back to England where they plan to settle. While waiting, she bought a house for them in Dillmouth. It seemed vaguely familiar and they discover that she had lived there for a while in her youth before her father had a ...more
One of the more enjoyable Christies Ive read. Miss Marple is a wonderful character who is sometimes weirdly used or shoved into plots that are really too much. This one might have contrived her initial involvement, but it used her well and organically and that makes all the difference. Its also aged rather well given that this is one of the few Christie mysteries Ive read that isnt shot through with at least some random moments of offhand racism. Theres also the fact that its haunted, evil ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I found this one very interesting. I have had this book on my shelf for a while, just didn't get around to reading it. This is the last of the Miss Marple standalone novels. She doesn't quite go out with a bang, but seems content with helping a newly married couple.

"Sleeping Murder" follows a newly married young woman named Gwenda. Her husband Giles is still abroad and she has been told to find a home for the two of them to settle into. When Gwenda finally finds what she considers "their"
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Book 5 for the Miss Marple challenge. I was excited to read this one as this is the first of the books in the Miss Marple challenge that I had not read before. I also only discovered because of the challenge that though this book was published last, it was written much earlier and chronologically also falls early in the series. This one was in a way Miss Marples Five little Pigs, a murder that has happened years ago, without even clarity on whether it was a murder but based on a (then) childs ...more
Vikas Singh
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
The last of Miss Marple mysteries, Agatha had saved the best for the last. Of all Miss Marple's mysteries, this is the best. For a change we do not find Miss Marple relapsing into her past or comparing with other incidents from her village. Instead she is working as a full fledged sleuth. The plot is with its usual twist and turns with a brilliant end. The best of Miss Marple cases. Great read
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Well I accidentally read this out of order, my own fault as I forgot what month I was in, doh !
Anyway that said, I don't think it mattered much. It's funny of all the Miss Marple books I've read so far for this challenge, this is the story I have remembered the most, and to such an extent that within about 50 pages I had remembered who was the guilty party.
This didn't really detract much from my enjoyment as the book is well written and it's interesting to spectate as Agatha Christie sends you
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I finally guessed the murderer early in the book! Whew! I was beginning to fear I'd lost my edge. 🤔lol!
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
One always has hope for human nature

Although I'm more of a Poirot groupie, I tried Sleeping Murder and Miss Marple's detective input on for size to see how it went. Better than the one I read with her salivating over rose gardens, it focused on a young couple who moved into a house and needed help solving a mystery, mainly of a memory of a murder that doesn't make sense.

It's not the classic whodunnit with a modern murder, and Miss Marple warns not to stir up the hornet's nest that is the past
Jun 13, 2016 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
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young woman friend, TV reporter at US network, was recently working on a metoo.movement/ sex abuse story when, unexpectedly, a situation surfaced that jarred open her own sex abuse as a child; she had repressed the incident for years and collapsed. A jolt from the past that involves memory and mind is the crux here of a new wife who suddenly remembers witnessing a murder as a child. She is confused, doesn't know what to do, but with the help of her husband and Miss Marple, she is soon up to ...more
Kim Kaso
Coming to the end of Ms Christie's works, I started with the group somewhere in the middle, so will be circling pack to the beginning soon.

The last of the Miss Marple novels is ending on a high note, the misdirection was in full flower in this story, although years of reading Christie has taught me to think like Miss Marple, trust no one and accept nothing as truth without verification. She gives a nice bunch of red herrings in this one, and a lovely newlywed couple. A very enjoyable story of
Ardent Reader
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book that I have read from this author although this is the last book in this particular series.
A very intriguing story.
Agatha Christie will be one of my favorite author for sure.
Stephanie Anze
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
It's very dangerous to believe people, I haven't for years.

Gwenda is a young newlywed, in England looking for a home for her and her husband Giles. She comes upon one that she likes immediately, in Dillmouth. Its a charming house that feels quite familiar. Until Giles arrives, Gwenda takes care of remodeling the inside. In the process, Gwenda begins to remember eerie things. To escape, she goes to visit Gile's cousin Raymond West, where she meets Miss Jane Marple. Miss Marple helps Gwenda
Simona B
I would probably find something else if I reread now all the (numerous) Christie novels I've read in the past decade, but I believe this is the first Christie book of which I can say the fault lies in the craft. (view spoiler) In short, the last Miss Marple investigation has ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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
One of my all-time Agatha Christie favorites.

Tragic. The murderer was an evil, evil person, and I wished there was more in the way of retribution.

Listened to the audio this time around and really enjoyed it! Stephanie Cole did an excellent job with the voices and accents.
Amanda Bannister
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And I guessed the murderer 😀
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