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Sleeping Murder (1976)

av Agatha Christie

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Serier: Miss Marple (13), Miss Marple: Chronological (12)

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Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise 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.… (mer)
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    Nemesis av Agatha Christie (Porua)
    Porua: The motive and method reminds me a little of another Miss Marple mystery, Nemesis.
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    Lost Man's Lane av Anna Katharine Green (DeusXMachina)
    DeusXMachina: Ancient women detectives
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Well I found this one very interesting. I have had this book on my shelf for a while, just didn't get around to reading it. This is the last of the Miss Marple standalone novels. She doesn't quite go out with a bang, but seems content with helping a newly married couple.

"Sleeping Murder" follows a newly married young woman named Gwenda. Her husband Giles is still abroad and she has been told to find a home for the two of them to settle into. When Gwenda finally finds what she considers "their" house, she is astonished that she knows what the wallpapers in certain rooms should be, thinks about putting in a door (and finds one has been plastered in) and feels she is losing her mind. She eventually goes away to visit family of her husband. While there she meets Miss Jane Marple and after a night out where the script in a play scares her, tells Miss Marple everything. From there the book follows Gwenda, her husband Giles, and Miss Marple trying to get to the truth of an old memory of Gwenda's.

I liked Gwenda, she is reminiscent of some of Christie's other female characters. Not quite a Lucy Eyelesbarrow, but no slouch. When Gwenda realizes she may have witnessed a murder when she was a child, she decides to go ahead to find out who could have done it. She is very fast on her feet and has a way of making people talk to her too.

I found Giles to be a pain though. He constantly talked over both Gwenda and Miss Marple. I was happy when the one inspector sent him away, even he knew things would go easier if he wasn't in the room.

Miss Marple though I was slightly puzzled by, she knew pretty early on who was the one behind everything, why she didn't feel the need to tell Gwenda and Giles made no sense. One of the reasons why I gave this four stars.

There are also so many plot points that are never tied up to my satisfaction. For example, we hear about the one character Jackie, and Gwenda makes a comment that his wife is afraid of him, and then nothing. Same issue with the character of Walter Fane. There are just too many strange men moving about in this story.

Also I think I found an error in this book. Miss Marple talks to Colonel Bantry's wife and he is mentioned too. I could have sworn in "The Mirror Crack'd" he was dead. There is mention of Miss Marple solving "The Murder at the Vicarage" and "The Moving Finger."

The writing was typical Chrisite. I have to say though it was fairly easy to see who had done this murder if you took your time with if. Probably because nothing else made sense.

The flow started off pretty slow. Things really don't get moving until Gwenda goes off to London to visit Raymond West and his wife and meets Miss Marple. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Once it seems likely there has been a murder the really interesting portion of the book is over, since the murderer should be obvious. ( )
  quondame | Jun 11, 2020 |
Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie, the final Miss Marple mystery, was published posthumously in 1976, although she had written it years earlier during the Second World War. As a new bride comes to England ahead of her husband and purchases a house in which to start their life together, she starts having flashbacks about a murder. It turns out that she had lived in that very house as a very young child and may have been an eyewitness to the murder of her step-mother. Miss Marple, a family friend, although fearful of stirring up the past, does help the young couple as they investigate and, just as Miss Marple thought, the murderer is still very much in the picture and has no intention of allowing his crimes to be exposed.

I thoroughly enjoyed Sleeping Murder. Miss Marple was shrewd yet compassionate and the newly weds were very likeable and sympathetic characters. Agatha Christie certainly knew how to put masterful puzzles together and then slowly allow the pieces to fall into place. With a few red herrings scattered about the sharp instincts of Miss Marple are called into play and she doesn’t disappoint.

I was a little concerned about this being touted as Miss Marple’s “last case”, but Sleeping Murder was a clever, well-written story with no hint of finality aimed at Jane Marple. Once again I was both charmed and satisfied by an Agatha Christie mystery. ( )
1 rösta DeltaQueen50 | Jun 9, 2020 |
In which a young woman's haunting memories lead her on the trail of a murder from the far distant past.

"Sleeping Murder" was written during World War II and - along with the more explicitly-final Poirot novel "Curtain" - placed in a bank vault, to be opened only when Christie was either deceased, or too old to write any more. As a result, the various recurring characters in Jane Marple's life don't really seem to have aged properly, and it seems best to treat this as a flashback, rather than - as the book's subtitle would inform us - "Miss Marple's Last Case".

This book is quite middle-of-the-line but has a lot going for it: the central character, for instance, is intriguing, and fairly haunted by the things she discovers. For some reason, Marple novels always work better when she has a sidekick of sorts, although here you could really call Marple the sidekick, as Gwenda does a good deal of the investigation. Also, when Christie wrote this in the early '40s, she must have been enticed by the idea of the retrospective novel: many of her later efforts - often brilliant, often not - would tackle long-dead murders.

On the downside, there aren't all that many suspects and - unlike later efforts, such as "Five Little Pigs" - the 18-year-old murder remains firmly in the past, affecting the present only through the fear of retribution, never through a human element. It's an interesting-enough read, at the end of the day, but the "cold case" feels very cold, and Miss Marple herself really could have slept through this one. (Incidentally, it's one of the poorer efforts from the Hickson adaptation series - not through any fault of its own, but simply that it adapts the novel quite literally: an incredibly languid story in which Marple herself makes a few cameos.)

Marple ranking: 7th out of 14 ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 27, 2020 |
Ceritanya bagus mengungkap pembunuhan dimasa lalu, tetapi sayangnya pembunuhnya bisa ditebak sejak pertengahan cerita :( ( )
  Titut | Feb 10, 2020 |
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Soon after Gwenda moved into her new home, odd things started to happen. Despite her best efforts to modernise 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.

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