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Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13)

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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 climbed the stairs.

In her fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a "perfect" crime committed m

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
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
Rinda Elwakil
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سجل يا تاريخ: خمنت القاتل من نص الرواية و لله الحمد و المنة :)

رواية جميلة جدا .
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 the UK by the Collins Crime Club in October 1976 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه آوریل سال 2002 میلادی
این کتاب با عنوانهای: «جنایت خفته با ترجمه عبدالحسین شریفیان، تهران ارغوان، 1372؛ در 311 ص؛ با ترجمه: گلرخ سعید نیا؛ تهران، هرمس، کتابهای کارآگاه، 1381؛ در 250 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1384؛ و
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 y
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
Carol  ꧁꧂
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
Rahaf Potrosh
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية جميلة مختلفة الفكرة متناسقة الأحداث والتفاصيل .. كعادتها كريستي تعرف كيف تجذبك من البداية
أحببت الفكرة كثيراً ( جريمة قتل كانت تبدو ميتة فيما هي نائمة فقط ) وهذا يأكد حقيقة وهي أن مصير كل الأسرار أن تكشف يوماً ولو بعد سنوات
وستبقى أجاثا الروائية المفضلة لدي
Mahdi Lotfi
خلاصه ای از داستان:
گواندا رید و شوهرش جایلز رید که سه ماه است ازدواج کردهاند تصمیم دارند از نیوزلند به انگلستان بروند. جایلز که دارد کارهایش را در نیوزلند تمام میکند، گواندا را پیشاپیش میفرستد که خانه مناسبی در انگلستان پیدا کند. گواندا به ویلای کوچکی متعلق به دوره ویکتوریا به نام هیلساید برمیخورد که برای فروش گذاشته شده و این ویلا را میخرد.
بعد از خرید ویلا اتفاقات عجیبی برای گواندا رخ میدهد و او چیزهایی را در ویلا کشف میکند که انگار قبلا از وجودشان خبر داشته. دری مخفی شده در بخشی از خانه، طرحی
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 Marple’s Five little Pigs, a murder that has happened years ago, without even clarity on whether it was a murder but based on a (then) child’s ...more
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 pas
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 b
Fatemah Abdel Haleem
كعادتها أجاثا كريستي ... تجعلك تشك بكل شيئ حتى تنسى القاتل الحقيقي
في الحقيقه شككت به في البداية ولكنني تناسيت هذا الشك كما تناساه جويندا وجايلز
راااائعة :)
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, stars-4-0
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
Raya راية
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رهيبة جدًا رغم أنها القراءة الثانية
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 he ...more
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!
Claudiu D.
Este primul roman cu Miss Marple pe care il citesc si unul din ultimele pe care Agatha le-a publicat. El ar trebui sa fie ultimul din seria cu Miss Marple.

Mi-a placut foarte mult felul in care a fost organizata si ca nu a mai respectat calapodul ala obositor de la Poirot, cu o mie interogatorii.

Misterul... cam slabut, dar mi-a placut atentia sporita la personaje, spre deosebire de Poirot unde accentul cade pe mister.
Laurel Hicks
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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 m
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 a
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to prefer watching Agatha Christie rather than reading her books. This one grabbed me from the beginning and I was hooked. It was only towards the end that I thought it dragged on a tiny bit.
3.5 stars

It seemed that, unconsciously, I have suspected the murderer right from the start. Even with so many red herrings and distractions thrown in the way, my suspicions for the suspect would not waver. So it wasn't really a surprise when the truth is revealed.

"You believed what he said. It really is very dangerous to believe people. I never have for years." - Miss Marple

I never realized how much influence Agatha Christie's books and characters have affected me and my reading, especially for
Arwa Saraireh
للأسف أن عنصر المفاجئة اختفى من الرواية في بدايتها، لقد عرفت القاتل فوراً، فهذه القصة نُقلت حرفياً من خلال مسلسل سوري بعنوان (جريمة في الذاكرة) ، و قد شاهدته قبل أكثر من 15 سنة مضت. و مع هذا شعرت بشيء من التشويق و المتعة في تتبع مجريات هذه الجريمة.
Marilyn Maya
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Neti Triwinanti
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Saya lupa sejak kapan tepatnya mulai ketagihan membaca Agatha Christie, terutama seri Poirot dan Miss Marple. Bahkan saya menyempatkan diri untuk menelusuri (meskipun secara sekilas) biografi penulis yang konon dijuluki “Queen of Crime” ini. Dari situ saya mengetahui kalau Agatha Christie dan Conan Doyle berbeda sekitar satu generasi. Conan Doyle satu generasi di atas Agatha Christie. Tak heran, di beberapa buku nama Holmes dan Watson sempat muncul.

Buku Pembunuhan Terpendam (Sleeping Murder) mer
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite Miss Marples and Rosemary Leach did a fine narration. Having read this several times before, I was able to appreciate how skillfully Christie gives you all the clues while misdirecting you! Only one place was there a slight flavor of 'cheating' (view spoiler)
عباد 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
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
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Miss Marple (1 - 10 of 15 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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