Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple Series)

Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple Series)

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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A young bride, sent by her husband to look for a suitablehouse, finds the one that seems meant for her a charmingVictorian villa called Hillside. It's all so perfect — until shebegins to fear the house might be haunted. But Miss JaneMarple has a more sinister explanation.  See more details below

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A young bride, sent by her husband to look for a suitablehouse, finds the one that seems meant for her a charmingVictorian villa called Hillside. It's all so perfect — until shebegins to fear the house might be haunted. But Miss JaneMarple has a more sinister explanation.

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Nevada Barr
"Miss Marple has endured as the quintessential amateur sleuth, using intellect and intuition to solve crimes. She is the sort of character that makes a cozy truly cozy."
Sunday Telegraph
"Miss Marple is spry, shrewd and compassionate."
Sunday Express (London)
"A puzzle that is tortuous, surprising and finally satisfying."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451200198
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
Miss Marple Series
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Chapter One

A MOUSE

Gwenda Reed stood, shivering a little, on the quayside.

The docks and the custom sheds and all of England that we could see were gently waving up and down.

And it was in that moment that she made her decision -- the decision that was to lead to such very momentous events.

She wouldn't go by the boat train to London as she had planned.

After all, why should she? No one was waiting for her, nobody expected her. She had only just got off that heaving creaking boat (it had been an exceptionally rough three days through the Bay and up to Plymouth) and the last thing she wanted was to get into a heaving, swaying train. She would go to a hotel, a nice firm, steady hotel standing on good solid ground. And she would get into a nice steady bed that didn't creak and roll. And she would go to sleep, and the next morning -- why, of course -- what a splendid idea! She would hire a car and she would drive slowly and without hurrying herself all through the south of England looking about for a house -- a nice house -- the house that she and Giles had planned she should find. Yes, that was a splendid idea.

In that way she would see something of England -- of the England that Giles had told her about and which she had never seen; although, like most New Zealanders, she called it home. At the moment, England was not looking particularly attractive. It was a gray day with rain imminent and a sharp, irritating wind blowing. Plymouth, Gwenda thought, as she moved forward obediently in the queue for Passports and Customs, was probably not the best of England.

On the following morning, however, herfeelings were entirely different. The sun was shining. The view from her window was attractive. And the universe in general was no longer waving and wobbling. It had steadied down. This was England at last and here she was, Owenda Reed, young married woman of twenty-one, on her travels. Giles's return to England was uncertain. He might follow her in a few weeks. It might be as long as six months. His suggestion had been that Gwenda should precede him to England and should look about for a suitable house. They both thought it would be nice to have, somewhere, a permanency. Giles's job would always entail a certain amount of travelling. Sometimes Gwenda would come too, sometimes the conditions would not be suitable. But they both liked the idea of having a home -- some place of their very own. Giles had inherited some furniture from an aunt recently, so that everything combined to make the idea a sensible and practical one.

Since both Gwenda and Giles were reasonably well-off, the prospect presented no difficulties.

Gwenda had demurred at first to choosing a house on her own. "We ought to do it together," she had said. But Giles had said laughingly: "I'm not much of a hand at houses. If you like it, I shall. A bit of a garden, of course, and not some brand -- new horror -- and not too big. Some

where on the south coast was my idea. At any rate, not too far inland."

"Was there any particular place?" Gwenda asked. But Giles said no. He'd been left an orphan young (they were both orphans) and had been passed around to various relations for holidays, and no particular spot had any particular association for him. It was to be Gwenda's house, and as for waiting until they could choose it together, suppose he were held up for six months? What would Gwenda do with herself all that time? Hang about in hotels? No, she was to find a house and get settled in.

"What you mean is", said Gwenda, "do all the work!"

But she liked the idea of finding a home and having it all ready, cosy and lived in, for when Giles came back.

They had been married just three months and she loved him very much.

After sending for breakfast in bed, Gwenda got up and arranged her plans. She spent a day seeing Plymouth, which she enjoyed, and on the following day she hired a comfortable Daimler car and chauffeur and set off on her journey through England.

The weather was good and she enjoyed her tour very much. She saw several possible residences in Devonshire but nothing that she felt was exactly right. There was no hurry. She would go on looking. She teamed to read between the lines of the house agents' enthusiastic descriptions and saved herself a certain number of fruitless errands.

It was on a Tuesday evening about a week later that the car came gently down the curving hill road into Dillmouth and on the outskirts of that still charming seaside resort, passed a For Sale board where, through the trees, a glimpse of a small white Victorian villa could be seen.

Immediately Gwenda felt a throb of appreciation -- almost of recognition. This was her house! Already she was sure of it. She could picture the garden, the long windows --she was sure that the house was just what she wanted.

It was late in the day, so she put up at the Royal Clarence Hotel and went to the house agents whose name she had noted on the board the following morning.

Presently, armed with an order to view, she was standing in the old-fashioned long drawing room with its two French windows giving onto a flagged terrace in front of which a kind of rockery interspersed with flowering shrubs fell sharply to a stretch of lawn below. Through the trees at the bottom of the garden the sea could be seen.

"This is my house," thought Gwenda. "It's home. I feel already as though I know every bit of it."

The door opened and a tall melancholy woman with...

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“Miss Marple has endured as the quintessential amateur sleuth, using intellect and intuition to solve crimes. She is the sort of character that makes a cozy truly cozy.”

Meet the Author

Dame Agatha Christie is the world’s best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over two billion copies worldwide and have been translated into 44 foreign languages.

During a writing career that spanned more than half a century, she created two of the world’s most famous detectives. Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. The author of 79 novels and short story collections, she was also an accomplished playwright—one of her 14 plays, The Mousetrap, is the longest-running play in history. She published six romantic novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott and wrote four non-fiction books, including an autobiography. Several of her books, including Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, were made into hugely successful films. She died in 1976.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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Sleeping Murder 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first Agatha Christie book I read and I loved it!!!! I recommend it to anyone who loves mystery, and good reading entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie's post-humously published Miss Marple novel ranks as one of her best, up there along with 'The A.B.C. Murders,' 'Murder on the Orient Express,' and 'And Then There Were None.' The story structure is very different from how Agatha Christie usually does it, which is a death followed by speculation. This change makes the book a very interesting and unpredictable read- even when you're sure you know how everything will turn out, something entirely different happens. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of her books, but this one particularly got me. I needed some light reading for a weekend a the beach so I decided to pick up an Agatha Christie. I finished it in one hour and was left with nothing to do the rest of the time. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very cute novel, about a young just married couple, who play dedectives and with the help of miss marple try to investigate a murder that happened twenty years ago.It's sweet, it's got a few interesting points, and it is very pleasent to read. But, if you want to read a real murder mystery, with real and interesting suspects that have real motives unlike in s.m, I'd recomend if you read miss marples' first case: murder at the vicarage instead.
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jenifernelissen More than 1 year ago
Hands down my favorite Agath Christie book so far!! I bought this one and plan to reread it. From the first page to the last I was engrossed. I couldn't wait to see what happened next, and I hated to see it end. Miss Marple my favorite Agatha Christie character. Read it and enjoy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book it is great!! I recomend this book sooooooooo much it is great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best mystery I've ever read. The story keeps changing as they collect new clues. That helps keep you from having any idea as to who done it. Unlike other mysteries, the answer isn't seeped in slowly at the end, it just springs on you comepletely unexpected which makes it all the more eerie and great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best Christie I have read yet! If you haven't read It I recomend it Strongly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely good. I have toreccommend it to everybody who likesmysteries. I didn't read Sleeping Murder butI am going to buy it. BYE BYE!!!