Sleeping Murder

Miss Marple's Last Case
Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
Series: Miss Marple, Book 13
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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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.

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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.

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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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A superb Christie mystery, superbly narrated

As with all Miss Marple mysteries known to me, this is extremely well written -- clear, dryly and subtly humorous, and intelligent. The actual mystery, including distinctive and diverse characters, is also very well conceived. Agatha Christie fans will be expecting all that I suppose. But a real treat of this version is the first-rate narration by Stephanie Cole, who is an excellent actor -- with a unique , appropriate voice for all the characters, upper middle class and lower born alike, English native and New Zealander alike. All in all, this is a real pleasure, and I expect to be listening to it again in a few years. Purchase and enjoy!

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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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A wonderful reading of a great Christie

This is a perfect rendition of a great mystery. The narrator herself disappears as each character
comes to life as she reads.

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One of her best

This is a very well constructed novel of course by a master of the genre. Very well read and engrossing to the last words.

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Easy to Follow for Christie

I absolutely love Agatha Christie books. However, I sometimes find the great number of characters hard to follow. This one introduces the characters pretty slowly so it is one of the easier to follow Agatha Christie novels.