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Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,045 ratings  ·  468 reviews
No one gets inside the head of the murderer—or makes it a more thrilling read—than the late, great P. D. James. Fast on the heels of her latest best seller: a new, fiendishly entertaining gathering of previously uncollected stories, from the author of Death Comes to Pemberley and The Private Patient.

It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery i
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Knopf (first published October 5th 2017)
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Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Despite the title, I found these stories a delight to read before bed. At the end of each story, I couldn't help but be galled at the twists or miscarriages of justice. They were perfect. Lately, mysteries that focus on what drives an ordinary person to murder, have been of great interest to me. That's what all of these stories, with the exception of one, had in common. It wasn't so much about who the murder(s) was, as to why. In reading this collection, I realize how awesome short story collec
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 4.5/5 stars.

The Yo-Yo - 4/5 stars - This produced less of the chills and thrills I was anticipating from this collection but was marvelous, all the same. James really evoked a sense of setting, in only 20 pages, and left the reader with many questions over the morality of the actions reminisced. Despite not thrilling in the slightest, it was a sublimely-crafted character study.

The Victim - 4/5 stars - This was such an intriguing story. It started with a jilted lover but didn’t end
Umut Reviews
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice read for October, when I like to read more spooky/crime novels. There are many stories with murder content. I liked most of them. Even in a short story, there were twists and surprises. I loved the writing, it was my first PD James book. I'll definitely read more from her.

Definitely recommended for little murder stories that will entertain you.

L.A. Starks
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories is a bit odd for the holidays, but P.D. James' writing, and the twists in several of the six, are well worth reading.
Ova - Excuse My Reading
Really good collection of short stories, especially loved the first one and the last one, they were phenomenal! A few others were slower for my liking, hence not a 5 but 4 stars.
A high-quality collection of short crime stories – I really liked all six; in fact it's hard to pick a favourite. There's something comforting and familiar about them, but they're also laced with humour and just a little bit of cynicism.

The Yo-Yo (2006)
Now in his seventies, the narrator comes across a yo-yo among some old personal papers. What connects this innocuous object with a crime he witnessed at the age of thirteen? The rest of the story tells us, with plenty of cosy, quintessentially Bri
Alice Lippart
Suspenseful and very enjoyable.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I'm not a big fan of short stories but each of these had a delicious and surprising edge to it and I really liked them.
Joanna Park
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read an awful lot of short stories but when i was given the opportunity to review PD James’s new book I jumped at the chance.

Sleep No More is a collection of 6 short stories each involving a murder and each describing the deviousness of the characters as they plot out the perfect murder. Some of the methods used and the planning of the murder is extraordinarily clever and was a bit of an eye opener to read about.

The stories included a large variety of characters that I had mixed feelin
Tanja Berg
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And there! I finished my reading challenge, which was 120 books also this year. I don't think I've finished so late any previous year.

I've been in Vienna since last Wednesday. I thought vacation would mean plenty of reading time, but no! All my routines gone, the New York Times for breakfast reading instead of a book.

I picked this up at the airport. I was distressed to realize from the jacket that P.D James passed away in 2014, something I had missed. I thought I bought "the mistletoe murder an
This collection of short stories by the master of crime P. D. James is very very good. The crimes are simple sometimes, yet written in the most beautiful way. Stories that take place during different decades .. and takes you all over England and sometimes abroad.

Diane Barnes
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect little book of "six murderous tales", as it is so aptly sub-titled. Six perfectly executed murders, every detail seen to, each murderer sympathized with, each victim deserving their fate. Every one of these stories had a surprising little twist at the end, making me gasp with the genius of P.D. James. Turns out contemplating murder and revenge is a great way to spend New Years Day.
Fiona MacDonald
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
I am beyond sad that there are only two books of P.D. James's short stories. I have adored both of them. This one is not so 'christmassy' as 'The Mistletoe Murder' (although there is a murder set on Christmas Eve) but still perfectly written. Each story is not a page too long, or short, each ends at precisely the correct time. Such good writing, I really enjoyed the book overall. And despite it being a bit much sometimes to read short story after short story, I didn't have a problem with these o ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Sleep No More – A Delightful Collection of Short Stories

This collection of short stories from the late PD James, just reminds us how much she was loved and will be missed. She delivers in each short story something other authors fail to deliver in a full-scale novel. All these short murder mystery stories are pithy, get to the crux of the matter and each one is engrossing.

Each of these stories are a standalone story, all written in beautiful prose, full of twists, most of which you never see com
Finding work by a late author that you have revered is rare. Therefore you can imagine my excitement to see that another collection of stories by the inimitable P.D. James has been published. Last year I read and enjoyed "Mistletoe Murders: and other stories", this year it is "Sleep no more". And yes, there IS a murder in all six stories.

The book contains six excellently executed short stories, two of which have a Christmas theme.

"The Yo-Yo"
An elderly man finds a red yo-yo in a box of clutter. 
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: halloween-time
4.5 stars!

I loved this! While it was 100% a cover / seasonal-instagrammable buy (the gold foil is gorgeous), I enjoyed the stories so much! I usually dont *get* short stories... I don't find them enjoyable, and I HATE when they end without resolution. PD James wrote wonderfully, old fashioned vignettes that were perfect for a stormy autumn night... plus all had satisfactory ends. Job well done.
I think the subtitle "murderous tales" describes this collection really accurately. Even though P.D. James’s writing is often linked to Agatha Christie’s, the stories in this collection are not detective stories or murder mysteries in the most traditional sense. Instead, they more or less read like dark, but humorous observations of the human race, repeatedly questioning what humans are willing to lie and what they're willing to kill for. (Don't worry though, there's always a satisfying r
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
There was a reason P.D. James was the “Queen of Crime”. She knew how to capture her readers. I’ve read all of her work and was so pleased to see these new-to-me six stories being published. They were such a very special treat!

I think “The Girl Who Loved Graveyards” was my favorite, if I had to pick a favorite as I loved each of them. This was the most chilling tale. A story of a young girl who fell in love with a graveyard and who couldn’t remember the first ten years of her life.

While some of
Charlotte Smith
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good short stories book from p.d James. Really enjoyed these ones.
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
It has been the "Tale of the two short story collections" this week and I cannot help comparing EM Benson's Ghost Stories to this offering by PD James. It's fair to say that I am often disappointed by short story collections, because quite often they are just short. And I find the experience unsatisfying and often quite boring.

Enter: PD James. Now, I have been a dedicated fan of hers for 15 years. I read all her Dagliesh novels and I am sad that there will never be another one. Yet, I don't thi
Joanna ♡
story number 4: The Girl Who Loved Graveyards was AMAZING but the rest of the book didn't do much for me..
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the first time I ever read anything by P.D. James and it certainly won't be the last - I really liked reading those crime short stories, all being very different and yet all having this kind of "cosy" atmosphere, however dark they may be.

Perfect read for cosy autumn days!
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Six murderous tales from the queen of crime P.D. James
1 – The Yoyo:
The short story summarises an elderly lady recalling the fateful night of 23rd December 1936 and the crime that marked her teens.

2- The Victim:
The Victim, details the story of class hierarchy, love and the pain of divorce. With a central character of, the elusive Princess Llsa Bowman…..

3- The Murder Of Santa Claus:
Charles Mickledore retells the murderous Christmas of 1939, where everyone is a suspect and no one is caught….
Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
As a non-fan of P.D. James, I approached the collection without great expectations. (I read the two Cordelia Grey novels but never got hooked on Dalgliesh). Well, they were a lot of fun, very traditional and well constructed. There are only six short stories so this is more of a stocking stuffer than a big collection. I'm glad I took a chance on this one.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6 great short stories that are a perfect length for a busy reader. Not too gruesome and very entertaining for readers of all ages who enjoy avoid murder mystery. For the most part you don't feel too sorry for the victims. P.D.James has numerous full length novels that are enjoyable reads also.
3 / 5 stars

Solid detective stories but not overly surprising or amazing.
I enjoyed the little tricks and my favourite stories were the one's with strange characters to them - The Girl Who Loved Graveyards and A Very Desirable Residence. I must say that I expected a bit more, a bit more mystery, a bit more cruelty... But they were interesting stories on the whole. Probably more suited for a rainy day, sitting in an armchair in front of the fire ... Cozy muder mysteries.
Breakaway Reviewers
Six little murderous gems

I’ll be honest – I have never enjoyed short stories; you just get into them and they finish! This little collection has really changed my mind; the stories are domestic in scale and involve ‘normal’ people at the end of their rope.

P D James died in 2014 and so this is a posthumous offering with a sensitive foreword by Peter Kemp. All the stories have been published before, but not all together.

Each story is beautifully formed, a mini-masterpiece; all except the final ‘Mr
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've never read any of P. D. James so this was a nice change for me. I only give four stars because the format of these stories was so similar that I was able to figure them out after the first one. Still, they're an interesting take on the murder mystery and made me intrigued enough that I've got the first Dalgleish novel on hold at the library. I would definitely recommend to anyone who hasn't read James before.
Joshua Polk
Ups and downs but mostly good!
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy fun!
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P. D. James, byname of Phyllis Dorothy James White, Baroness James of Holland Park, (born August 3, 1920, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England—died November 27, 2014, Oxford), British mystery novelist best known for her fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard.

The daughter of a middle-grade civil servant, James grew up in the university town of Cambridge. Her formal education, however, ended at
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