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R every time she climbed the stairsIn fear Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts Between them they were to solve a “perfect” crime committed many years befo. 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 booksGwenda Reed has arrived from New Zealand charged with buying a house for her and her new husband Giles who is due to join her soon She falls in love with a house in Dillmouth called Hillside and buys it However aside from a disconcerting feeling of fear when she stands at the top of the stairs soon there are other familiar things that she should not know about She senses a door should be leading from a room and finds it has been closed up she imagines a wallpaper and finds it in an old cupboard Unnerved she goes to stay with cousins of Giles who just happen to be Raymond West Miss Marple s nephew and his wife Joan Then an event brings back the memory of a dead body lying at the bottom of the stairs in her house Fearing she is going mad she confides in Miss Marple who not only believes her but decides go and stay in Dillmouth to keep an eye on thingsSome years before Gwenda discovered she had lived in the house as a small child Her step mother was rumoured to had run off with another man but what if she hadn t Giles and Gwenda set out to investigate but will raking up the past prove dangerous and can they really discover what happened so long ago This is an enjoyable murder mystery with Miss Marple heavily involved in events There are a number of possible suspects and although I actually guessed the correct one it was still an interesting read with good characters and Miss Marple really investigating the crime Encounters with Rauschenberg up she imagines a wallpaper and finds it in an old cupboard Unnerved she goes to stay with cousins of Giles who just happen to be Raymond West Miss Marple s nephew and his wife Joan Then an event brings back the memory of a dead body lying at the bottom of the stairs in her house Fearing she is going mad she confides in Miss Marple who not only believes her but decides go and stay in Dillmouth to keep an eye on thingsSome years before Gwenda discovered she had lived in the house as a small child Her step mother was rumoured to had run off with another man but what if she hadn t Giles and Gwenda set out to investigate but will raking Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up the past prove dangerous and can they really discover what happened so long ago This is an enjoyable murder mystery with Miss Marple heavily involved in events There are a number of possible suspects and although I actually guessed the correct one it was still an interesting read with good characters and Miss Marple really investigating the crime

review Sleeping MurderMiss Marple’s last case

R 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 terro. In the beginning a personal anecdoteAs 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 these deities their silent screams mutilated bodies and bloodI wake up in a cold sweatThe mystery of this dream was solved later It was only a poster of Naraka the Indian hell which I saw as a child in that house which left a lasting impression on me I will not dwell on the Freudian aspects of this incident just point out the fact that childhood traumas however trivial have lasting impacts I speak from personal experienceOnward with the reviewWhat if one has witnessed a murder as a toddler What if one s childhood psyche had repressed that incident until it came back to haunt one as a distorted vision in one s beautiful new home which one suddenly realises is none other than the venue of that Sleeping MurderOne would go madthat is what nearly happened to Gwen Fortunately she had Miss Marple to helpGwenda and Giles Reed return to England from New Zealand She has no memories as far as she knows she has never been in England However buying the dream home she had set her eyes on Gwen begins to be troubled by memories which she thinks are from another life She runs away to London to escape However watching a performance of the Duchess of Malfi and hearing the words cover her face mine eyes dazzle she died young brings a terrifying image into her mind the blue strangled face of a beautiful young girl and she herself watching it through the bannisters and the monkey s pawsGwen is convinced that she is mad But thankfully she had chosen to stay with Raymond West who most fortuitously had his Aunt Jane Marple on the premises The old lady is not ready to go for a supernatural explanation She has a much prosaic one Gwen has actually seen somebody murdered in the same house where she has stayed as a child a memory which has been suppressedThe young lady and her husband soon find out that Miss Marple had hit the nail on the head Gwen had stayed in the house as a little child along with her father and her flighty stepmother Helen who had disappeared presumably run away with one of her many young men However Gwen s father was convinced that he murdered her and ultimately was committed and died in an asylum But it is now possible that he may not have been mad that Helen was actually murdered though not by him However the tantalising uestion arises if she was murdered who is the killerThus begins a murder investigation into the past by the young couple against the counsel of Miss Marple to leave sleeping murder lie Once she is convinced that they will not let go Miss Marple agrees to join them if only to keep them safeAnd thus begins a rollercoaster ride one of Christie s most suspenseful novelsAs a mystery Sleeping Murder is rather predictable There was no aha moment at the end because I already had a good idea who the murderer was But I give the novel four stars for its structure and breakneck pace rather like a Hitchcock movie and also for the personal experience I uoted at the beginning I could sympathise with Gwenda

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In Agatha Christie’s classic Sleeping Murder the indomitable Miss Marple turns ghost hunter and uncovers shocking evidence of a perfect crimeSoon after Gwenda moved into he. Since I ve been recommending this to everyone I thought I d listen to the audio version and see how it held upYep Still to me the bestWhat 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 um realishThe idea that what happened in Murder on the Orient Express could actually happenis pretty far fetched And yes Sleeping Murder is by today s standards kinda outlandish tooBUTLess outlandish than MotOE MY OPINIONPlus I love me some Miss Marple The main characters are newlyweds Gwenda Giles but Jane Marple is introduced early on as the elderly aunt of Giles s cousin some of you will recognize Raymond West from other books And when Gwenda begins to think she s losing her mind due to some startling coincidences at her newly purchased house and a frightening reaction to the line of a playrubs hands togetherWell naturally Miss Marple sticks her nose delicately into Gwenda s troubles and steps in to help her sort things outIf you re a fan of Miss Marple mysteries this is one that you definitely don t want to skip I think it shows a different side to her intellect and personality by having her play as a secondary character While the two main characters bumble around to the best of their ability this little old lady is gently nudging them in the right direction And ultimately she s also the one who steps in to save the dayGod bless the tough chicks who knit


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10 thoughts on “Sleeping MurderMiss Marple’s last case

  1. says:

    Since I've been recommending this to everyone I thought I'd listen to the audio version and see how it held upYep Still to me the bestWhat'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 um realish?The idea that wha

  2. says:

    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 w

  3. says:

    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 1976Newlywed 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

  4. says:

    375⭐2382 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 So this is my 23 AC book and did I mention I love her??

  5. says:

    You Chose Your Own AdventureYou 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 s

  6. says:

    In the beginning a personal anecdoteAs 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 i

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 in the

  9. says:

    Although this is listed as the thirteenth Miss Marple novel and was published in 1976 it was actually written during WWII and shows h

  10. says:

    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 wil

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