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The Sleeping Murder | [Agatha Christie]

The Sleeping Murder

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs. In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they have to solve a "perfect" crime committed many years before.
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Publisher's Summary

Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeded in dredging up its past. Worse, she felt an irrational sense of terror every time she climbed the stairs.

In fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they have to solve a "perfect" crime committed many years before.

©1976 Agatha Christie Limited; (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

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"Miss Marple is spry, shrewd, and compassionate." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A puzzle that is tortuous, surprising, and finally satisfying." (Sunday Express)

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    Sandy 01-29-13
    Sandy 01-29-13

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "Miss M does a little weeding in the garden"

    Stephanie Cole has given a very good performance in this little gem from Christie.

    Without doing a second reading, I think most of the clues are out there for us to wonder 'Who done it?' and maybe solve this mystery.

    While Miss M still has her knitting, she engages in a little work in the garden in this story.

    For me while the storms rage outside and the creek swells with water to flood the valley further down, and the power lines are down I have been able to curl up on the couch and listen to this great little story. Maybe this is why some people call such mysteries,'cozies'.

    Perhaps not perfect, this was good and is the best Miss M story I have heard on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sue
    Verwood, Dorset, United Kingdom
    7/22/07
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    "Miss Marple beckons"

    I hope to never meet Miss Marple as I am sure of certain death within the hour. However Agatha Christie has once again let Jane Marple solve another mystery with the style and panache that is all her own. Whilst Miss M is not the main character in this story, her hints from the background made this a good read. Stephanie Cole was an excellent narrator and her clear characters were well defined and in some cases most amusing. The pace was perfect, no notable changes in either the audio quality or the readers stamina. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jaye Hardy
    4/15/15
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    "The Sleeping Murder"

    Stephanie Cole narrated this book very well.
    It was an intresting book with lots of twists and turns, there was plenty of suspects with plausible theories behind them. Agatha Christie wrote a really fantastic story and I enjoyed listening to it. I cannot wait to listen to the next audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. Fanning
    Sussex, UK
    3/22/15
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    "Chilling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sleeping Murder to be better than the print version?

    I listened to the audio edition and read the book in equal measure, splitting time between the two. Stephanie Cole's reading really is 'top notch'. There are times when the story sends a shiver up the spine and that really is down to the tremendously atmospheric performance of Cole.


    What other book might you compare The Sleeping Murder to, and why?

    This is the first of all the Christie audio books that really, literally, made me feel chilled as I listened to it.


    What does Stephanie Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A great performance on Stephanie Cole's part. Absolutely pitch perfect is terms of the way she allows the tension to mount through her delivery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving the game away, there is one particular scene when the main character recounts a memory from her childhood that is guaranteed to have the hairs on the back of your neck standing.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended and has encouraged me to add to my library of Christie audio readings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. R. Brompton
    UK
    1/3/15
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    "Possibly my favourite Agatha Christie story!"

    I spent a very pleasant day listening to this story as I sowed my Sweet Pea seeds and generally pottered about. Stephanie Cole makes a very good Miss Marple and the story with it's mix of murders old and new should keep the listener guessing. I also liked the gardening references!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elena
    lewesUnited Kingdom
    9/16/10
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    "Marple V Poirot"

    The first Miss Marple book I?ve heard and it?s entertaining, but I much prefer Agatha Christie?s Poirot. The Narrator was good, but one of the character accents was quite dubious and was grating on me by the end.

    All in all a good book, keeps you guessing throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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