Sleeping Murder: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

Sleeping Murder: A BBC Full-Cast Radio Drama

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ISBN-13: 9781846070396
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 4.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Agatha Christie was born in 1890. During the World War I she worked as a hospital dispenser, where she gleaned the working knowledge of various poisons. Her first novel was The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920, followed over the next six years by four more detective novels and a short story collection. However, it was not until the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd that Agatha Christie’s reputation was firmly established. In 1930 the sharp-witted spinster sleuth Miss Marple made her first appearance in Murder at the Vicarage. In all, Agatha Christie published 80 crime novels and short story collections. As her play The Mousetrap (the longest-running play in the history of the theater) testifies, Agatha Christie’s detective stories are likely to appeal for a long time to come. Agatha Christie was awarded a CBE in 1956 and was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1971. She died in 1976.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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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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Sleeping Murder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 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.
mdtwilighter on LibraryThing 24 days ago
When Gwenda and GIles move back to the English countryside aftter just getting married. After buying a beautiful house by the sea Gwenda 'see's' a woman lying, dead, at the bottom of the stairs. She thinks she's going crazy, but Miss. Marple, the aunt of a friend, has a different theory. She thinks that Gwenda lived in the house when she was younger and is remembering a murder she witnessed. Now Gwenda and Giles are looking for answers to a murder comitted 18 years ago.The book was suspenseful and interesting. A great mystery. The ending was really surprising too.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This was a relaxing and engaging read, perfect for a quiet night's escape. It was also a bit haunting at times, which I admit I was surprised by--one of those that can sneak up on you at times. It's certainly enough to push me toward picking up another Miss Marple mystery in the future when I need a break from heavier reading.
LauraT81 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Sleeping Murder, the last of the Miss Marple series -the first for me- was a bit slow, but interesting. I already had a hunch as to who the killer was pretty early on, unlike the other couple of Agatha Christie novels I've read.
spincerely on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Read for book club - not bad at all! This is only the second Agatha Cristie that I have read - the first was And Then There Were None but that was many, many years ago. I would read more.
riverwillow on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Gwenda Reed buys a house in Dillmouth and starts to worry as she discovers a plastered over door in exactly the place that she imagined it and that a room was originally wallpapered in the style she wanted. Then a trip to the theatre causes a vision or memory of a woman murdered on the stairs - is she going mad? Miss Marple saves the day and helps Gwenda uncover what really happened. I particularly love the Gothic feel to this novel, as Gwenda tries to work out if she really witnessed a murder.
smik on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A Miss Marple BBC Radio play based on the book. Enjoyable production. Gwenda Reed thinks she is going mad because things in her new house in Dilmouth keep giving her a sense of déjà vu. She knows what the wall paper in the nursery was, sees a body at the foot of the stairs, looks for a door where there isn't one, and recognises a line from a play. And yet she does not think she has ever been to England before let alone in this house. Quite a tightly woven plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a perfect way to finish our time with Miss Marple. With the last Poirot, we had to see him, while still brilliant, terribly old and unwell. While it was a perfect denouement, it was hard to see him so frail. The Marple mystery before this one, "Nemesis", it is set in the very late 1960's or very early 1970's. Miss Marple is frail but not helpless, and she is still brilliant mentally. A last Marple set even later would, quite likely, have been as heartbreaking as was "Curtain". Perhaps, Christie felt the same. Timewise, this last Marple mystery is set somewhere, I think, just before WWII. In it, Miss Marple must guide and protect a young couple who have accidently discovered what was thought to be a disappearance was more likely a murder. Where the naive and exuberant couple go at full throttle, Miss Marple subtly follows-- a fluffy pink watchdog. The mystery is full of plausible red herrings and twists and turns. And, even though I was almost sure I'd figured out "whodunit", it was still a great journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Marple and fifth Christie, whose books I'm only getting to as I reach Jane's age. Very satisfying. I love Miss Marple's unobtrusively light touch. She acts more as a catalyst than as a detective.
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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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