Sleeping Murder [NOOK Book]

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Soon after Gwenda Reed moves into her new home, odd things start to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeds in dredging up its past. Worse, she feels an irrational sense of terror every time she climbs the stairs... In fear, Gwenda turns to Jane Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they are to solve a 'perfect' crime committed many years before...

Sent by her husband to find a suitable house, a young bride finds what she ...

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Sleeping Murder

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Overview

Soon after Gwenda Reed moves into her new home, odd things start to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernize the house, she only succeeds in dredging up its past. Worse, she feels an irrational sense of terror every time she climbs the stairs... In fear, Gwenda turns to Jane Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they are to solve a 'perfect' crime committed many years before...

Sent by her husband to find a suitable house, a young bride finds what she thinks is the perfect choice--a charming Victorian villa called Hillside. But strange events soon lead her to believe that the house is haunted. Miss Marple however has a more sinister explanation. Reissue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061752315
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Series: Miss Marple Mysteries
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 34,901
  • File size: 585 KB

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    A True Gem

    Agatha Christie has done it again! Th queen of mystery and in this case murder has crafted another excellent novel involving Miss Marple and newlywed couple Gwenda and Giles. The mystery its self hides deep inside Gwenda's past, involving circumstances many would like to forget. The winding and twisting tale of Gwenda and Giles's hunt for the answer to an ages old mystery along with the assistance of lovable Miss Marple will keep any mytery fan glued to their screen.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    This is an okay book to read whenever you don't have anything be

    This is an okay book to read whenever you don't have anything better to read. Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors but this book wasn't her best work. Don't get me wrong, I read the book in a few days because I wanted to know who the killer was, but it can get a bit boring and repetitive some times. So, not a horrible book, but not the greatest either.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Loved it!

    I loved this book. I could not put it down. So many twists and turns, I thought I had the murderer figured out a couple of times but was proved wrong. Great story.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    This was an excellent book! If you haven't read Agatha Christie

    This was an excellent book! If you haven't read Agatha Christie before it might be a good one with which to start. It is a very intense cold case with beautiful character development. It has you guessing until the end.... which is really saying something these days! An unbelievable bargain at $2.99. And I thought I had read all of Agatha on bed rest before.....pick it up!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    All I anticipated for a Miss. Marple read. Really hooks you in from the beginning. Check it out. Agatha Christy did it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Fun

    I love miss marple

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    A really good read

    I like Agatha Christie books and this is as good as it gets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    great

    I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more of Miss Marple's exploits. Good for those who don't care for all the sex and enjoy a great mistery

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    excellent mystery

    I love Agatha Christie mysteries and this is one is a fine example of jer work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Does't disappoint

    I like all things Agatha Christie, and found one of her books I hadn't read yet. I wasn't disappointed. Very good.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Love the Miss Marble stories. Agatha Christie is the best.

    You must read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Great read!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this classic Miss Marple mystery... Twists & turns; surprises,too.
    Charming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Still Love Agatha!

    This is one of her best - she was one of a kind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Good classic christie

    But a brief hint of story in blurb would aid new readers who havent read all forty. This is one of the later ones always a good read and one you can re read i have all s c mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Good as always

    Love agstha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Have all the christies read and in s c this is a good one

    These are books that you can read again when you have a fill of grafic sex and violence however pbs is beginning to fiddle with the plots a little too much go to the source still in print i did have a time casting the young couple babuska from sparta

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    Posted August 19, 2013

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