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Soon after Gwenda Reed moves into her new home, odd things start to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeds in dredging up its past. Worse, she feels an irrational sense of terror every time she climbs the stairs... In fear, Gwenda turns to Jane Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they are to solve a 'perfect' crime committed many years before...

Topics: 1930s, England, Series, Suspenseful, Psychological, Childhood, Mental Illness, Supernatural Powers, Women Detectives, Murder, Female Protagonist, Private Investigators, 20th Century, London, Small Town, Female Author, and British Author

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061752315
List price: $5.99
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Sleeping Murder, the last of the Miss Marple series -the first for me- was a bit slow, but interesting. I already had a hunch as to who the killer was pretty early on, unlike the other couple of Agatha Christie novels I've read.read more
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It was a nice mystery, but it didn't stick in my head long after I was finished with it. In fact, I had to review the plot again to write this review! That says something, because I have a good memory for books that really draw me in. However, I would recommend this book for any Christie fan.read more
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Gwenda Reed buys a house in Dillmouth and starts to worry as she discovers a plastered over door in exactly the place that she imagined it and that a room was originally wallpapered in the style she wanted. Then a trip to the theatre causes a vision or memory of a woman murdered on the stairs - is she going mad? Miss Marple saves the day and helps Gwenda uncover what really happened. I particularly love the Gothic feel to this novel, as Gwenda tries to work out if she really witnessed a murder.read more
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Hmmm, I dunno, the whodunit thing kept me mildly interested while I was reading it, but I can't help but think there's a certain jot or tittle of camp in the way people enjoy this stuff. Maybe if I'd come to it already loving the old lady. I mean, it was stylish, from time to time--I liked the quotation from The Duchess of Malfi as a central plot point--but the class attitudes on display seemed fairly archaic for the '30s. And as far as whodunit, is the formula just sketch us a bunch of likely rogues and then it's always the least likely one from that delimited field? I haven't read a tonne of these books but it seems like the twist is always it's the least likely one and if so that's hardly a twist at all.read more
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I always love Miss Marple mysteries and this one did not disappoint. The culprit was a surprise but then I was mad at myself for not figuring it out just like Jane did!read more
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Miss Marple is the finest of ladies, but this is not her best showing. Still fun, though, for the murder mystery/Agatha Christie fan.read more
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This is an interesting Christie book. She deals with young married love, brotherly love, disappointed love destructive obsessive love and unrequited love. Best of all the kind of love she describes love like that of Miss Marple who has a great love of her fellow man; who when she sees a young couple headed for heartbreak as well as danger puts herself up as a guardian angel.

The plot is well described by other reviewers so I won't go into that. What amazed me was that when this was adapted for the storyline, the relationships and basic plot were changed by the powers that be. I am glad I read the book, because it does round out Jane Marple.

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For some reason, this creeped me out a bit. I guess it's how twisted the murderer is, and yet all along you/the main characters rely on his testimony... I did see it coming, rather, but something about his character really got to me. Ugh.

That, plus the fact that I called it after about one hundred pages, means I didn't enjoy this book so much. There wasn't anything especially distinguishing and fun about the characters or the setting that made it extra interesting.read more
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In her last case, Miss Marple helps a young married couple discover the truth of what really happened eighteen years ago in the house they've just bought by the sea in the South of England. Is Gwenda hallucinating or was it all just a bad dream? Is the house haunted? If there really was a murder, who did it? Miss Marple advises the young couple to "let sleeping murder lie" but, of course they don't and Miss Marple can't resist offering a little assistance in getting to the bottom of the mystery. What I love about Agatha Christie stories is that they are honest to goodness murder mysteries without the sex and the bad language. It takes excellent writing, which Agatha Christie was so good at, to have followers that made her the most sold murder mystery writer of all time. It was a page turner for me and will have you doing your own sleuthing as to 'who really did it'. Originally posted March 24, 2010read more
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I really scary book. I could not sleep after reading the start of it. It is defenetly worth taking the time to read.read more
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Classic Ms. Marple -- what's not to love? -- And goodbye Miss Marple -- thanks for all the joy.read more
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When Gwenda and GIles move back to the English countryside aftter just getting married. After buying a beautiful house by the sea Gwenda 'see's' a woman lying, dead, at the bottom of the stairs. She thinks she's going crazy, but Miss. Marple, the aunt of a friend, has a different theory. She thinks that Gwenda lived in the house when she was younger and is remembering a murder she witnessed. Now Gwenda and Giles are looking for answers to a murder comitted 18 years ago.The book was suspenseful and interesting. A great mystery. The ending was really surprising too. read more
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A Miss Marple BBC Radio play based on the book. Enjoyable production. Gwenda Reed thinks she is going mad because things in her new house in Dilmouth keep giving her a sense of déjà vu. She knows what the wall paper in the nursery was, sees a body at the foot of the stairs, looks for a door where there isn't one, and recognises a line from a play. And yet she does not think she has ever been to England before let alone in this house. Quite a tightly woven plotread more
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This was a relaxing and engaging read, perfect for a quiet night's escape. It was also a bit haunting at times, which I admit I was surprised by--one of those that can sneak up on you at times. It's certainly enough to push me toward picking up another Miss Marple mystery in the future when I need a break from heavier reading.read more
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Read for book club - not bad at all! This is only the second Agatha Cristie that I have read - the first was And Then There Were None but that was many, many years ago. I would read more.read more
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Sleeping Murder, the last of the Miss Marple series -the first for me- was a bit slow, but interesting. I already had a hunch as to who the killer was pretty early on, unlike the other couple of Agatha Christie novels I've read.
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It was a nice mystery, but it didn't stick in my head long after I was finished with it. In fact, I had to review the plot again to write this review! That says something, because I have a good memory for books that really draw me in. However, I would recommend this book for any Christie fan.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Gwenda Reed buys a house in Dillmouth and starts to worry as she discovers a plastered over door in exactly the place that she imagined it and that a room was originally wallpapered in the style she wanted. Then a trip to the theatre causes a vision or memory of a woman murdered on the stairs - is she going mad? Miss Marple saves the day and helps Gwenda uncover what really happened. I particularly love the Gothic feel to this novel, as Gwenda tries to work out if she really witnessed a murder.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Hmmm, I dunno, the whodunit thing kept me mildly interested while I was reading it, but I can't help but think there's a certain jot or tittle of camp in the way people enjoy this stuff. Maybe if I'd come to it already loving the old lady. I mean, it was stylish, from time to time--I liked the quotation from The Duchess of Malfi as a central plot point--but the class attitudes on display seemed fairly archaic for the '30s. And as far as whodunit, is the formula just sketch us a bunch of likely rogues and then it's always the least likely one from that delimited field? I haven't read a tonne of these books but it seems like the twist is always it's the least likely one and if so that's hardly a twist at all.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I always love Miss Marple mysteries and this one did not disappoint. The culprit was a surprise but then I was mad at myself for not figuring it out just like Jane did!
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Miss Marple is the finest of ladies, but this is not her best showing. Still fun, though, for the murder mystery/Agatha Christie fan.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is an interesting Christie book. She deals with young married love, brotherly love, disappointed love destructive obsessive love and unrequited love. Best of all the kind of love she describes love like that of Miss Marple who has a great love of her fellow man; who when she sees a young couple headed for heartbreak as well as danger puts herself up as a guardian angel.

The plot is well described by other reviewers so I won't go into that. What amazed me was that when this was adapted for the storyline, the relationships and basic plot were changed by the powers that be. I am glad I read the book, because it does round out Jane Marple.

Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
For some reason, this creeped me out a bit. I guess it's how twisted the murderer is, and yet all along you/the main characters rely on his testimony... I did see it coming, rather, but something about his character really got to me. Ugh.

That, plus the fact that I called it after about one hundred pages, means I didn't enjoy this book so much. There wasn't anything especially distinguishing and fun about the characters or the setting that made it extra interesting.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
In her last case, Miss Marple helps a young married couple discover the truth of what really happened eighteen years ago in the house they've just bought by the sea in the South of England. Is Gwenda hallucinating or was it all just a bad dream? Is the house haunted? If there really was a murder, who did it? Miss Marple advises the young couple to "let sleeping murder lie" but, of course they don't and Miss Marple can't resist offering a little assistance in getting to the bottom of the mystery. What I love about Agatha Christie stories is that they are honest to goodness murder mysteries without the sex and the bad language. It takes excellent writing, which Agatha Christie was so good at, to have followers that made her the most sold murder mystery writer of all time. It was a page turner for me and will have you doing your own sleuthing as to 'who really did it'. Originally posted March 24, 2010
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I really scary book. I could not sleep after reading the start of it. It is defenetly worth taking the time to read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Classic Ms. Marple -- what's not to love? -- And goodbye Miss Marple -- thanks for all the joy.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
When Gwenda and GIles move back to the English countryside aftter just getting married. After buying a beautiful house by the sea Gwenda 'see's' a woman lying, dead, at the bottom of the stairs. She thinks she's going crazy, but Miss. Marple, the aunt of a friend, has a different theory. She thinks that Gwenda lived in the house when she was younger and is remembering a murder she witnessed. Now Gwenda and Giles are looking for answers to a murder comitted 18 years ago.The book was suspenseful and interesting. A great mystery. The ending was really surprising too. 
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A Miss Marple BBC Radio play based on the book. Enjoyable production. Gwenda Reed thinks she is going mad because things in her new house in Dilmouth keep giving her a sense of déjà vu. She knows what the wall paper in the nursery was, sees a body at the foot of the stairs, looks for a door where there isn't one, and recognises a line from a play. And yet she does not think she has ever been to England before let alone in this house. Quite a tightly woven plot
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was a relaxing and engaging read, perfect for a quiet night's escape. It was also a bit haunting at times, which I admit I was surprised by--one of those that can sneak up on you at times. It's certainly enough to push me toward picking up another Miss Marple mystery in the future when I need a break from heavier reading.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Read for book club - not bad at all! This is only the second Agatha Cristie that I have read - the first was And Then There Were None but that was many, many years ago. I would read more.
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