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Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2000

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Book 13 of 13 in the Miss Marple Mysteries Series

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Has all the virtues of Agatha Christie's work. -- Times Literary Supplement

From the Back Cover

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, oddthings started to happen. Despite her best efforts tomodernize the house, she only succeeded in dredgingup its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense ofterror every time she climbed the stairs.

In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorciseher ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a“perfect” crime committed many years before.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; English Language edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451200195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451200198
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on August 16, 2001
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Gwenda and Giles Reed surely must be ranked as two of Agatha Christie's most endearing characters. Too bad they didn't have their own series like Tommy and Tuppence. As young newlyweds fresh from New Zealand, they come to Giles native England looking for their first home. Gwenda is immediately captivated by a Victorian villa known as Hillside, but after she moves in, strange feelings of deja vu grip the young bride. Has she been here before? Is the house haunted? And who is the woman she can see lying strangled in the front hall? Refusing the advice of kindly Jane Marple to let sleeping murder lie, Gwenda and Giles embark on an investigation to clear up the alleged murder of Gwenda's stepmother and put to rest her eerie feelings that her own father may have been the killer. As memories of past events flash through her mind, she and and her husband chase a trail of clues involving letters from abroad, a retired doctor, a former housemaid, a jilted boyfriend, and a mysteriously torn tennis net. Miss Marple is at the peak of her powers as she helps the couple unravel the clues and see clearly what is right before them. "It really is very dangerous to believe people, " she informs them. "I never have for years." But you can believe that when Miss Marple is present, the plot is thick with excitement, red herrings, and her uncanny ability to read human nature. Perhaps the best of the Miss Marple series, this is a fitting farewell to Christie's universally beloved spinster.
In 1987, an excellent adaptation of this novel was filmed for TV with Joan Hickson portraying Jane Marple.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn Haeberle on May 7, 2000
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This was definitely not the first Agatha Christie book I ever read and I know it won't be the last. But it was the first one that made me realize just what a talented writer she was. All the others I had read began to run together in my mind over the years, but with this one I still remembered "who done it" YEARS later. I'll never forget! It was also the first time that the main character, Gwennie in this book, seemed like someone who could have existed outside of Agatha's head. From the moment I picked this book up, I was good and hooked. I finished it in one sitting because I had to know what was happening to Gwennie. It remimded me a little of the movie Gaslight. You just KNOW that there is more going on than anyone is aware of. If you've never read an Agatha Christie book before, this is the perfect place to start. If you have read her, but not this particular book, don't wait any longer. You'll never regret it.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 5, 2005
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Hercule Poirot was Agatha Christie's most celebrated character--but over time Christie developed a love-hate relationship with her own creation. Written in the 1940s or 1950s, the novel CURTAIN was designed to both vent her mixed feelings about the character and to protect him from continuation via another author. It was not published until 1975.

But CURTAIN was not the only novel Christie had written earlier and then suppressed. Even as she grew less enthusiastic about Hercule Poirot, she grew more enthusiastic about Jane Marple, and given her sentiments about Poirot she elected to give Miss Marple the final word. Like CURTAIN, the novel SLEEPING MURDER had been written much earlier, and it was not published until the year of Christie's death: 1976, a year after CURTAIN.

The newly married Giles and Gwenda Reed have no close family but they do have independent means, and when Giles suggests that Gwenda purchase a house while he is out of the country she does precisely that: a charming Victorian named Hillside in the tiny coastal town of Dillmouth. In her husband's absence Gwenda has a great deal of fun restoring the home. But something odd happens.

She decides to have steps set in the sloping garden--and when the work begins, a set of steps is found beneath the soil in that same location. She decides to add a dining room door--and when the wall is examined workmen discover a door already exists in the spot, plastered over. Gwenda begins to doubt her sanity. Fortunately, she is distantly related to Jane Marple, who wastes little time in exploring the mystery. And what she finds is pure murder, a murder from out of the past that bursts into the present and threatens not only Giles and Gwenda's happiness, but their very lives as well.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Simon Warren on August 16, 2000
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The woman was lying there in the hall, sprawled out - dead. "Cover her face, mine eyes dazzle, she died young." His voice was saying those words in a horrible gloating way, and Gwenda saw his hands - they were not hands, but a monkey's paws...
Why did Gwenda Reed have such a dreadful vision? Jane Marple suggested an explanation which was natural - and MOST remarkable. However, despite all Miss Marple's cautions to let lie "murder that is sleeping", Gwenda decided to find out about the past; what had happened in this house she just had moved into?
This has to be one of the best Miss Marple-novels. In my opinion, a few of them are somewhat boring but this one, on the other hand, was extremely pleasant reading. It has got everything that one could require out of a detective novel. There are twists at the end as usual, but the more "experienced" Christie-reader will probably tip the right person as the murderer, which is one reason I don't give all the five stars. Recommended novel.
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