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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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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One of my favorites

This is a favorite Christie that I’ve listened to numerous times. I love Stephanie Cole’s voice and narration, esp. the New Zealand accent! And her voices are so distinct that by listening you know who the killer is near the end of the book by just a few words he speaks to his last victim, whereas if you were reading you may not have yet worked out who it is - but I do not count that as a negative, rather a tribute to Cole’s skill.

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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.

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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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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.

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Awful

I typically enjoy all of Agatha Christie’s mysteries but I finally found one that was nothing but confusion and long winding trails that barely held my attention.

The narrators voice I found extremely irritating!

The voice she used for the main character was horrible and I found myself skipping through the last chapters at the end I just couldn’t take another minute of her voice!!

At one point in the book and I’m going to go back and re-listen I almost thought that I accidentally clicked on another audiobook a Tommy and Tuppence mystery because the exact same piece of dialogue-( exactly what is in that book was in this one?) I don’t know if it was put in there by mistake or what??! I found myself very frustrated that I had bought it.

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Sleeping murder

I love miss marple she is my favorite mystery solver from agatha christie. This story did not disappoint and Stephanie Cole is a favorite i love watching her in her show waiting for God on pbs she is so funny. Her narration of this story was great . And I'm looking forward to buying others.

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The narrator wasn't for me

I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie, but to be honest, I prefer Poirot to Miss Marple, especially Hugh Fraser's narration, so I might be prejudiced. This story was interesting enough, but the narrator really made me hate one of the main characters (or maybe that character was annoying), she read her dialogue in a super whiny and exasperated tone, and since it's the center character, the overall experience was dampened.

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Miss Marple's Last Case

Stephanie Cole narrated this book very well. The story was engaging and the characters were interesting.