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Sleeping Murder (Marple, Book 4) (Miss Marple Series 13) Kindle Edition
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A strange house
A ghost from the past
As soon as she moves into Hillside, Gwenda knows there’s something strange about this house.
A sealed room. A hidden door. The apparition of a young woman being strangled.
But strangest of all – this all seems quite familiar.
As her friend Jane Marple investigates, the answer seems to lie in a crime committed nearly twenty years ago.
The killer may have gotten away with murder. But Miss Marple is never far behind.
Never underestimate Miss Marple
‘Reading a perfectly plotted Agatha Christie is like crunching into a perfect apple: that pure, crisp, absolute satisfaction.’
‘Miss Marple is spry, shrewd and compassionate.’
- ASIN : B004BDOTLS
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Masterpiece Ed edition (14 Oct. 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 1629 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 258 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,561 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It is one of the best of the Marple stories, in part because it a pre-60s story, by which time Christie's writing powers were declining and partly because we actually get to see some depth in Miss Marple's character, rather than the usual card-board cutout little old lady with her knitting and tedious references to inhabitants of her village.
Definitely worth reading.
Gwenda 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 things.
Some 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.
The younger, sprightly Miss Marple spends a lot of time weeding an overgrown garden, and foils the villain in an ingenious manner. I wish Christie had used this idea in a better book!
The central character is from New Zealand, so in both TV and audiobook form we are stuck with a British actor attempting her accent.
Curtain, the other book she stashed in a bank vault, is much better. Hastings and Poirot return to Styles, now a guest house, where a succession of rather odd "accidents" ensue. The TV version was not bad, though the set designer's idea of a grand house on its uppers included rooms empty but for a piano, bare boards, and all the wallpaper scraped off and left. It looked like a fashion shoot.
Agatha Christie is on her usual fine form in this mystery. The pace is perfect, the clues hidden in plain sight, and the central two characters are likeable without being annoying. If you enjoy Agatha Christie books then I'd recommend Sleeping Murder.