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Soon after Gwenda moved into her 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 terror every time she climbed the stairs.

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

©1976 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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Good Old Fashioned Murder Mystery!

What did you love best about Sleeping Murder?

I loved how just when you think the mystery was solved, there was a new direction.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Though I guessed from the begining who-done-it, the story still kept me engaged enough to listen to the whole thing. I really enjoyed the characters journey to the truth.

What about Stephanie Cole’s performance did you like?

I really like how well she switched between the accents of the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to this in one sitting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Always fascinating

I've read or listened or watched the TV version of this story many times, and yet it is always fascinating. Stephanie Cole does a decent job of narrating, though she doesn't quite get the New Zealand accent she's trying for. Regardless, it's not annoying, and you are just carried along in the story of how this young woman's past has come back into her life, and how she, her husband, and the very wise and resourceful Miss Marple find the killer who has remained in hiding for so many years.

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  • Kathleen
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 08-27-12

The Last Miss Marple Mystery

Gwenda and her new husband, Giles, were moving to England from New Zealand. Gwenda came first to find a house. She found one that seemed perfect to her. The only trouble was that she kept having irrational feelings about the house-a feeling of terror one day as she was on the stairs, a feeling that the dining room should lead right into the drawing room but there was no longer a door between the two rooms, etc. As time goes on, she starts to think she’s going crazy, particularly when one of her visions on the staircase is of looking through the railing and seeing a woman dead on the floor, and knowing, despite her young age, that the woman was strangled and that her name was Helen. Then she meets Miss Marple. She tells Miss Marple about her feelings, and Miss Marple believes that the feelings are not irrational or supernatural, but that Gwenda has lived in the house earlier in her life. She finds out that this is true, and that her step-mother, whose name was Helen, disappeared from that house, seemingly leaving her father for another man. But what happened to her step-mother? If she is still alive, why hasn’t she contacted anyone? If she’s not alive, did she ever leave her husband’s house? And if she didn’t, where is her body buried? Gwenda, her husband,Giles, and Miss Marple work together to solve the crime. The danger increases substantially as they get closer to the truth. I had not read this mystery although I have read many of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. I love the kind of mystery where you have to analyze particular things to come up with the truth, so different than the thrillers and espionage and serial killer mysteries that flood so much of the market today. Stephanie Cole was a great narrator for Miss Marple. In reclaiming some of those old mysteries I have to be careful because, unfortunately, several of the Miss Marples are narrated by Joan Hickson, who played Miss Marple on PBS, and I hate her interpretation of the character. But this one was excellent.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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One of my favorites

This is one of my favorite Christie stories, and I can listen (and have listened) to it over and over. I think Stephanie Cole is an excellent narrator. Her deep voice and nuanced, precise diction make the whole experience delightful.

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Great book, great performance!

As a child I started my love of mystery novels with this book I found as a paperback on my mother's bookshelf. I ended up loving it and had to listen to the audio version which was fantastic! The voice actress gave different tones and accents to each character and was really enjoyable to listen to. Ever since this book I always read agatha Christie mysteries...I have a hard time branching out to more modern authors as she is such a great writer. :)

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  • Cheryl
  • Petersburgh, NY, United States
  • 10-08-12

A Wonderful Miss Marple Story!

This is the last Miss Marple book and it's a great finale. The story holds your interest and the narrator does a great accent for the main character. An easy listen.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Love Miss Marple

Agatha Christie Miss Marple mysteries are my favorite of Agatha Christie’s stories.
Been reading Agatha Christie since a teenager and still love.
This book had some unique twists and surprises that threw me off as to “who done it”.

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Excellent Mystery

One is kept in suspense right till the end...one of Agatha's best and this is saying something!

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Entertaining but not among my favorite Christie's

Somewhat interesting but seemed to drag on a little too long. I also found the narrator's Australian accent for the main character a bit annoying. Still, worth a read if you start to run out of Christie mysteries.

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absolutely thrilling

You don't see it coming at the end. The clues, the plot twists, really thrilling.