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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 her fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a "perfect" crime committed mSoon 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 her 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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Sleeping Murder Reviews

  • Anne
    2019-05-29 07:08

    What's my favorite Agatha Christie novel? Well, I'd have a hard time picking between Murder on the Orient Expressand Sleeping Murder. But this one is more, um, realish?The idea that what happened in Murder on the Orient Express could actually happen...is pretty far-fetched. And, yes Sleeping Murder is (by today's standards) kinda outlandish, too.BUT.Less outlandish than MotOE. <--MY OPINIONPlus, I love me some Miss Marple!The main characters are newlyweds Gwenda & Giles, but Jane Marple is introduced early on as the elderly aunt of Giles's cousin (some of you will recognize Raymond West from other books!). And when Gwenda begins to think she's losing her mind due to some startling coincidences at her newly purchased house, and a frightening reaction to the line of a play...*rubs hands together*Well, naturally, Miss Marple sticks her nose (delicately) into Gwenda's troubles, and steps in to help her sort things out.If you're a fan of Miss Marple mysteries, this is one that you definitely don't want to skip. I think it shows a different side to her intellect and personality by having her play as a secondary character. While the two main characters bumble around to the best of their ability, this little old lady is gently nudging them in the right direction. And, ultimately, she's also the one who steps in to save the day.God bless the tough chicks who knit!

  • Rinda Elwakil
    2019-06-04 03:01

    سجل يا تاريخ: خمنت القاتل من نص الرواية و لله الحمد و المنة :)رواية جميلة جدا .

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-29 05:07

    Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13), Agatha Christie Sleeping Murder: Miss Marple's Last Case is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in October 1976 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company later in the same year.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه آوریل سال 2002 میلادیاین کتاب با عنوانهای: «جنایت خفته با ترجمه عبدالحسین شریفیان، تهران ارغوان، 1372؛ در 311 ص؛ با ترجمه: گلرخ سعید نیا؛ تهران، هرمس، کتابهای کارآگاه، 1381؛ در 250 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1384؛ و چاپ پنجم 1393»، «جنایت از یاد رفته با ترجمه عباس خیرخواه، تهران، نشر روایت، 1373، در 316 ص؛ تهران، ثالث، 1393؛ در 259 ص»، و «جنایت خفته قتلی در گذشته های دور با ترجمه پروین ادیب، تهران، میلاد، 1374؛ در 280 ص» و «قتل خاموش با ترجمه علی سجادپور ؛ مشهد، نشر کهن، 1373؛ در 285 ص؛» به نشر سپرده شده است. ا. شربیانی

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-06-12 22:46

    In the beginning, a personal anecdote:As a child, I was troubled intermittently by a nightmare. I am walking around the compound of my maternal grandfather's ancestral home, when I reach a dilapidated building in a secluded corner. I open it and enter, even though my better sense counsels against it. Inside, it is a prayer room dedicated to evil gods. Their pictures are hung all over the walls, and their ugly idols leer up at me. Also, the place is full of the images of the tortured victims of these deities, their silent screams, mutilated bodies and blood.I wake up in a cold sweat.The mystery of this dream was solved later. It was only a poster of Naraka (the Indian hell) which I saw as a child, in that house, which left a lasting impression on me. I will not dwell on the Freudian aspects of this incident: just point out the fact that childhood traumas, however trivial, have lasting impacts. I speak from personal experience.Onward with the review.***What if one has witnessed a murder as a toddler? What if one's childhood psyche had repressed that incident, until it came back to haunt one as a distorted vision in one's beautiful new home which one suddenly realises is none other than the venue of that Sleeping Murder?One would go mad...that is what nearly happened to Gwen. Fortunately, she had Miss Marple to help.Gwenda and Giles Reed return to England from New Zealand. She has no memories; as far as she knows, she has never been in England. However, buying the dream home she had set her eyes on, Gwen begins to be troubled by memories, which she thinks are from another life. She runs away to London to escape. However, watching a performance of the Duchess of Malfi, and hearing the words “cover her face; mine eyes dazzle; she died young” brings a terrifying image into her mind… the blue strangled face of a beautiful young girl, and she herself watching it through the bannisters… and the monkey’s paws…Gwen is convinced that she is mad. But thankfully, she had chosen to stay with Raymond West, who most fortuitously had his Aunt Jane Marple on the premises. The old lady is not ready to go for a supernatural explanation. She has a much more prosaic one: Gwen has actually seen somebody murdered in the same house, where she has stayed as a child – a memory which has been suppressed.The young lady and her husband soon find out that Miss Marple had hit the nail on the head. Gwen had stayed in the house as a little child, along with her father and her flighty stepmother Helen, who had disappeared, presumably run away with one of her many young men. However, Gwen’s father was convinced that he murdered her, and ultimately was committed and died in an asylum. But it is now possible that he may not have been mad – that Helen was actually murdered (though not by him). However, the tantalising question arises… if she was murdered, who is the killer?Thus begins a murder investigation into the past by the young couple, against the counsel of Miss Marple to “leave sleeping murder lie”. Once she is convinced that they will not let go, Miss Marple agrees to join them, if only to keep them safe.And thus begins a rollercoaster ride, one of Christie’s most suspenseful novels.***As a mystery, Sleeping Murder is rather predictable. There was no “aha!” moment at the end, because I already had a good idea who the murderer was. But I give the novel four stars for its structure and breakneck pace, rather like a Hitchcock movie… and also for the personal experience I quoted at the beginning. I could sympathise with Gwenda.

  • Carol Clouds ꧁꧂
    2019-06-21 22:49

    I thought I had read this Miss Marple before, but maybe I hadn't. I would have thought the heroine (Gwenda) being both a New Zealander and having the same name as one of my childhood friends would have stuck in my mind if so.Although this book stretches coincidence just about to breaking point and did lose momentum near the middle, I still enjoyed it. Some of Christie's earlier novels have a sly wit (in this book the scene with Miss Marple and her physician) and she evokes a long gone world of a quiet English seaside town. I felt like I really knew the victim by the end of the book. I guessed the murderer early on as for me one line made it obvious. But as nearly always, Christie plants her clues and red herrings with considerable skill.Overall entertaining and well worth a read.

  • Susan
    2019-05-29 23:42

    Although this is listed as the thirteenth Miss Marple novel, and was published in 1976, it was actually written during WWII and shows her as a fairly sprightly lady, compared to some books. According to the Agatha Christie website, it should sit between “The Moving Finger,” and “A Murder is Announced,” and that is where I have positioned it in my re-reading of these books.Gwenda Reed has arrived from New Zealand, charged with buying a house for her, and her new husband, Giles; who is due to join her soon. She falls in love with a house in Dillmouth, called Hillside, and buys it. However, aside from a disconcerting feeling of fear when she stands at the top of the stairs, soon there are other familiar things that she should not know about. She senses a door should be leading from a room, and finds it has been closed up, she imagines a wallpaper and finds it in an old cupboard… Unnerved, she goes to stay with cousins of Giles, who just happen to be Raymond West, Miss Marple’s nephew, and his wife, Joan. Then an event brings back the memory of a dead body, lying at the bottom of the stairs in her house. Fearing she is going mad, she confides in Miss Marple, who not only believes her, but decides go and stay in Dillmouth to keep an eye on things.Some years before, Gwenda discovered she had lived in the house, as a small child. Her step mother was rumoured to had run off with another man, but what if she hadn’t? Giles and Gwenda set out to investigate, but will raking up the past prove dangerous and can they really discover what happened so long ago? This is an enjoyable murder mystery, with Miss Marple heavily involved in events. There are a number of possible suspects and, although I actually guessed the correct one, it was still an interesting read, with good characters and Miss Marple really investigating the crime.

  • Rahaf Potrosh
    2019-06-28 04:01

    رواية جميلة مختلفة الفكرة متناسقة الأحداث والتفاصيل .. كعادتها كريستي تعرف كيف تجذبك من البداية أحببت الفكرة كثيراً ( جريمة قتل كانت تبدو ميتة فيما هي نائمة فقط ) وهذا يأكد حقيقة وهي أن مصير كل الأسرار أن تكشف يوماً ولو بعد سنواتوستبقى أجاثا الروائية المفضلة لدي

  • Mahdi Lotfi
    2019-06-05 22:41

    خلاصه ای از داستان:گواندا رید و شوهرش جایلز رید که سه ماه است ازدواج کرده‌اند تصمیم دارند از نیوزلند به انگلستان بروند. جایلز که دارد کارهایش را در نیوزلند تمام می‌کند، گواندا را پیشاپیش می‌فرستد که خانه مناسبی در انگلستان پیدا کند. گواندا به ویلای کوچکی متعلق به دوره ویکتوریا به نام هیلساید برمی‌خورد که برای فروش گذاشته شده و این ویلا را می‌خرد.بعد از خرید ویلا اتفاقات عجیبی برای گواندا رخ می‌دهد و او چیزهایی را در ویلا کشف می‌کند که انگار قبلا از وجودشان خبر داشته. دری مخفی شده در بخشی از خانه، طرحی از کاغذ دیواری که حالا زیر کاغذ دیواری‌های جدید ویلا مخفی شده و ...گویاندا از این اتفاقات ترسیده و نگران می‌شود. تصمیم می‌گیرد مدتی از خانه دور شود به همین دلیل به دعوت ریموند وست و همسرش جوآن که از دوستان جایلز هستند به لندن می‌رود. گواندا به اتفاق میزبانانش و خاله ریموند که پیرزن جالبی به نام جین مارپل است به تماشای نمایشنامه‌ای به نام دوشس دالفی می‌روند. اما در صحنه پایانی نمایش وقتی یکی از بازیگران جمله‌ای را بر زبان می‌آورد گواندا یکباره فریادی می‌کشد و از سالن بیرون می‌رود ..."جنایت خفته" آخرین رمان خانم مارپل است که از کریستی منتشر شد. کریستی "جنایت خفته" را تقریبا زمانی نوشت که "پرده" را به نگارش درآورد، یعنی در طی سالهای جنگ جهانی دوم که واقعا نگران بود در حملات هوایی ارتش آلمان جانش را از دست بدهد. کریستی نسخه دستنویس این رمان را هم مثل "پرده" که درباره پوآرو بود نزد بانکی به امانت گذاشت و تا سه دهه بعد در بانک بود. در "جنایت خفته" از شیوه روایی خاصی استفاده شده که کریستی در رمانهای دیگرش هم استفاده کرده بود، یعنی شرح قتلی که در گذشته اتفاق افتاده و حل معمای آن قتل با نگاه به حوادث سالهای دور و کنار هم قرار دادن سرنخ‌های مختلف.

  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    2019-06-06 23:42

    Book 5 for the Miss Marple challenge. I was excited to read this one as this is the first of the books in the Miss Marple challenge that I had not read before. I also only discovered because of the challenge that though this book was published last, it was written much earlier and chronologically also falls early in the series. This one was in a way Miss Marple’s Five little Pigs, a murder that has happened years ago, without even clarity on whether it was a murder but based on a (then) child’s memory of events. Gwenda Reed arrives in England to find a house for herself and her husband and ends up finding the “perfect” house, only to have some mysterious things happen. It turns out that she has been there before, and lived as a child in that very house, but not only that she may have also witnessed a murder. Miss Marple urges Gwenda and Giles to leave matters be but the two set out to investigate, and she soon joins them using her “social network” (the kind there was before the days of Facebook and such) to get introduced to Dillmouth society. They identify and look up people from Gwenda’s family’s past, meet and interview them trying to pick up clues into what happened all those years ago and whether Gwenda’s memories were all real or mixed with fancy somehow.The mystery/puzzle itself was very enjoyable and I would have been entirely surprised by whodunit (only I remembered suddenly from a TV adaptation that I’d seen some time ago) since for most of the book I was thinking on the wrong track. That did slightly spoil the surprise element for me but I nevertheless enjoyed the characters and how once again it is what people are “inside”—their true natures—that holds the key to how they act, irrespective of the facade they put on for us to see in everyday interactions. Miss Marple in this one I found getting closer to the image of Miss Marple one has in one’s mind—using the same skills and still grey haired and rather frail but not as lacy and fluffy as in the earlier books. Also, she has a far more active part in this one, getting herself to Dillmouth, and participating in the investigation. Needless to say, I enjoyed it very much!

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-06-06 00:06

    “One always has hope for human nature” Although I'm more of a Poirot groupie, I tried Sleeping Murder and Miss Marple's detective input on for size to see how it went. Better than the one I read with her salivating over rose gardens, it focused on a young couple who moved into a house and needed help solving a mystery, mainly of a memory of a murder that doesn't make sense.It's not the classic whodunnit with a modern murder, and Miss Marple warns not to stir up the hornet's nest that is the past in the first place. When her advice is ignored, she feels obligated to help avoid future tragedy while old bones are dug up and laid to rest. This extra depth of psychology that sometimes the past is left buried even when it reveals the truth was potent.It's a slower paced novel that focuses mainly on the couple with Miss Marple simply in the background as a supportive voice, ready to pop up in the end to offer an explanation when the villain is unmasked. I felt more of her personality was shown and she comes across likable in comparison than other stories I've read with her as lead crime-solver.One thing that worked especially well was the surreal feel while the main viewpoint Gwenda goes from worrying she's losing her mind and questioning reality to being convinced a mystery is genuinely there. It takes awhile to know for sure, which was interesting since there are a few misleads and questions on her parentage and the house they're staying in. It's definitely a mystery that makes the house come alive as a focus point of the story, which adds an almost gothic charm.The villain isn't impossible to guess, but the point of this mystery is more in the telling and discovering whether than the big reveal.

  • Fatemah Abdel Haleem
    2019-06-20 02:48

    كعادتها أجاثا كريستي ... تجعلك تشك بكل شيئ حتى تنسى القاتل الحقيقي في الحقيقه شككت به في البداية ولكنني تناسيت هذا الشك كما تناساه جويندا وجايلز راااائعة :)

  • BrokenTune
    2019-06-18 07:02

    Her words held all the pointed innuendo that elderly ladies are able to achieve with the minimum of actual statement.I had low expectations for this one. Nemesis broke me. Nemesis was the book that obliterated any regards I may have harboured for Miss Marple.It seems, however, that Sleeping Murder was written well before Nemesis, even if it was published last in the series, and that the Miss Marple of Sleeping Murder is not as annoying as her older self, yet.As becomes clear at the end of this book, the Miss Marple in Sleeping Murder still has some spring in her step. Yet, as far as Dame Agatha's books are concerned, this one is not her finest. There is a lot of repetition in the discussion of the mystery and the repetition makes it easy to predict the murderer fairly early on.All in all, there isn't really anything about the story or the book that stands out but it is a light and quick read for the Christie completist.

  • Veronique
    2019-06-11 06:54

    Last Marple story.After a slow start, this novel picks up in an engaging way. Was there a murder? And how do you find out nearly 20 years later? Marple is present but rather in the background, as as guiding presence, with her down-to-earth, common sense logic. As always, I am fascinated how events can be interpreted in such different ways, and how by turning a little bit, the picture becomes totally different. The wrong clothes clue really spoke to me and reminded me of Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers where women were able to 'read' certain clues while the men just disregarded it. Very smart.Lovely crime classics read. Need more...

  • Cyndi
    2019-06-22 22:43

    I finally guessed the murderer early in the book! Whew! I was beginning to fear I'd lost my edge. 🤔lol!

  • Sara
    2019-06-11 07:04

    Vintage Agatha Christie. I figured this one out well in advance of the ending, but I still enjoyed the read and remember why Christie was so popular in her time. At the time this was written, it probably wouldn't have been so easy to solve the who-done-it. Christie and others have honed my sense of possibilities. Miss Marple is a very subtle character in this novel, more a guide than a detective. A nice break from some heavier reading...I'm in the process of reading Middlemarch and needed some air.

  • Claudiu D.
    2019-06-21 05:00

    Este primul roman cu Miss Marple pe care il citesc si unul din ultimele pe care Agatha le-a publicat. El ar trebui sa fie ultimul din seria cu Miss Marple. Mi-a placut foarte mult felul in care a fost organizata si ca nu a mai respectat calapodul ala obositor de la Poirot, cu o mie interogatorii. Misterul... cam slabut, dar mi-a placut atentia sporita la personaje, spre deosebire de Poirot unde accentul cade pe mister.

  • A-Ile Self-hallucination
    2019-06-25 04:39

    مرة أخرى أغاثا تذهلني بعبقرية رغم معرفتي منذ أعوام طوال بالقصة من خلال فيلم قديم ومعرفتي للقاتل، لكن سرد الأحداث يجعلك تكتشف ما تعرفه مرة أخرى .. إنها المتعة

  • Kim Kaso
    2019-06-17 07:00

    Coming to the end of Ms Christie's works, I started with the group somewhere in the middle, so will be circling pack to the beginning soon. The last of the Miss Marple novels is ending on a high note, the misdirection was in full flower in this story, although years of reading Christie has taught me to think like Miss Marple, trust no one and accept nothing as truth without verification. She gives a nice bunch of red herrings in this one, and a lovely newlywed couple. A very enjoyable story of murder, I always enjoy my time with a Christie. Highly recommended.

  • Ririn
    2019-06-09 05:55

    3.5 starsIt seemed that, unconsciously, I have suspected the murderer right from the start. Even with so many red herrings and distractions thrown in the way, my suspicions for the suspect would not waver. So it wasn't really a surprise when the truth is revealed. "You believed what he said. It really is very dangerous to believe people. I never have for years." - Miss MarpleI never realized how much influence Agatha Christie's books and characters have affected me and my reading, especially for mystery / thriller genre. I can't trust no one, even the supposedly 'hero' of the story, because it may turned out that the real villain was the one whom we all trust. And thus, I would not really surprised if the story that I'm reading would make a 180 degree of twist or anything. In fact, I will expect it.Madame Christie has turned me out to be a very cynical person. I don't know if this is a good thing, or not. Hmm...

  • Arwa Saraireh
    2019-06-07 01:49

    للأسف أن عنصر المفاجئة اختفى من الرواية في بدايتها، لقد عرفت القاتل فوراً، فهذه القصة نُقلت حرفياً من خلال مسلسل سوري بعنوان (جريمة في الذاكرة) ، و قد شاهدته قبل أكثر من 15 سنة مضت. و مع هذا شعرت بشيء من التشويق و المتعة في تتبع مجريات هذه الجريمة.

  • Laurel Hicks
    2019-06-21 04:49

    I started last month to read all of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels in publication order. There are a dozen in all (plus some short stories, which I did not read this time through), and this is number twelve. My favorite? The first Miss Marple—The Murder at the Vicarage.Novels featuring Miss Marple:1. The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) 12/152. The Body in the Library (1942) 12/153. The Moving Finger (1943)4. A Murder is Announced (1950)5. They Do It with Mirrors, or Murder with Mirrors (1952)6. A Pocket Full of Rye (1953)7. 4.50 from Paddington, or What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw! (1957)8. The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, or The Mirror Crack'd (1962)9. A Caribbean Mystery (1964)10. At Bertram's Hotel (1965)11. Nemesis (1971) 12/1512. Sleeping Murder (written around 1940, published 1976)"Boring books are boring no matter the length. Great books are a joy no matter how long they are." —Booksellers at Laurelwood, an independent bookstore for independent readers. "The world's thickest book (4,032 pages) is The Complete Miss Marple by Agatha Christie. Through the 12 novels and 20 short stories reproduced in the book, Miss Marple solves 43 murders: 12 poisonings, six strangulations, two drownings, two stabbings, two people pushed to their deaths, one rather grisly burning, one blow to the head, and one arrow through the heart. In all, 68 crimes are committed, including the murders. There are 11 philandering spouses, 21 romances, 22 false accusations, and a whopping 59 red herrings. And, as solid evidence of either Miss Marple's ability to keep a cool head or the English obsession with tea, characters drink 143 cups of tea."http://mentalfloss.com/article/21779/...

  • Marilyn Maya
    2019-06-11 00:52

    I joined Goodreads to review this book. I had read every one of Christie's books in younger days. I still love cozy mysteries as well as pychological dark ones. But I needed to say that in this book, Christie reveals her personal ideas and life more than any other. There is a character in the book who I think Christie patterned after her personal life. There is an unattractive woman who is married to a very charming man and everyone feels sorry for the husband whose wife is a jealous unhappy woman but Ms.Marple says she is sorry for the wife because some men marry woman they don't love for the wrong reasons like feeling sorry for them or thinking they are the right person to marry and the womans suffers more than the man. He stays and not because of the chldren.I won't give away the plot but this book touches on feminist issues, and ideaas about women that are far beyond the author's time. I see why it is her last book. It is not to tie up Ms. Marple but because the issues are so radical for her time. The mystery itself is very provative and the characters as always timeless and interesting. I wish I had Ms Marple in my life or Ms Christie because she was a wise woman. Now, I am old enough to appreciate the subtle points that I couldn't in my 20's A must read for Christie fans.

  • Negin
    2019-06-08 05:04

    I seem to prefer watching Agatha Christie rather than reading her books. This one grabbed me from the beginning and I was hooked. It was only towards the end that I thought it dragged on a tiny bit.

  • Neti Triwinanti
    2019-06-12 03:07

    Saya lupa sejak kapan tepatnya mulai ketagihan membaca Agatha Christie, terutama seri Poirot dan Miss Marple. Bahkan saya menyempatkan diri untuk menelusuri (meskipun secara sekilas) biografi penulis yang konon dijuluki “Queen of Crime” ini. Dari situ saya mengetahui kalau Agatha Christie dan Conan Doyle berbeda sekitar satu generasi. Conan Doyle satu generasi di atas Agatha Christie. Tak heran, di beberapa buku nama Holmes dan Watson sempat muncul.Buku Pembunuhan Terpendam (Sleeping Murder) merupakan salah satu buku dari boxset yang saya beli. Dulu, saya pernah membaca ulasan orang sehingga buku ini menjadi salah satu buku yang dibaca di awal (setelah buku Mayat dalam Perpustakaan). Saya suka dengan plotnya yang rapi dan ceritanya yang runtut. Di awal buku, sempat merasa creepy sih karena membayangkan rumah berhantu. Haha. Namun mulai bab kesekian, yang tersisa hanyalah rasa penasaran (dan sedikit rasa takut kalau-kalau Gwenda dibunuh).Jadi, ceritanya Gwenda merasa sangat familiar dengan sebuah rumah yang ia beli. Perasaan bawah sadarnya ini lalu mengarah ke terkuaknya misteri pembunuhan yang sudah belasan tahun berlalu. Karena belum lama membaca “Pembunuhan atas Roger Ackroyd” saya ternyata berhasil menebak siapa pembunuhnya. Di akhir cuma bisa teriak dalam hati, “I knooow right!”Saya pribadi salut dengan Agatha Christie yang bisa menyajikan puluhan cerita dengan plot dan latar yang berbeda-beda. Maksud saya, dia pasti memiliki banyak referensi dan pengalaman yang lantas menjadi inspirasi cerita-ceritanya kan?Empat bintang untuk buku ini. Satu-satunya hal yang tidak saya suka dari buku (versi terjemahan yang saya miliki) ini adalah ilustrasi sampul depannya. Saya sangat tidak suka dengan ular (atau hewan melata lainnya). Bahkan untuk memulai membaca ini saja walnya saya maju mundur karena enggan menyentuh sampul bukunya :(

  • Leslie
    2019-06-24 03:45

    This is one of my favorite Miss Marples and Rosemary Leach did a fine narration. Having read this several times before, I was able to appreciate how skillfully Christie gives you all the clues while misdirecting you! Only one place was there a slight flavor of 'cheating' (view spoiler)[when the narrative jumps in time from Kennedy with the Reeds to Lily's murder and back, implying that the murder happened simultaneously with the tea. (hide spoiler)]

  • عباد ديرانية
    2019-06-14 00:55

    رواية جميلة، وإن لم تكن من أفضل أعمال أغاثا كريستي. الفكرة فريدة ومميزة جداً جداً، إلا أنه من الصَّعب أن تضاغ في رواية كاملة طويلة، فهي تُصبِح مملَّة نوعاً ما مع الوقت، لذلك فإنه يصعب تقييمها بأربع نجوم أم ثلاثة.تبدأ الرواية بشكلٍ مثير للغاية، وتتّسم بفكرة مميزة غير اعتيادية أبداً، إلا أن الفكرة قد لا تكون مناسبةً لتحويلها إلى رواية كاملة طويلة. فمع تقدم الرواية، تبدأ الأحداث بالفتور، وتتحول شيئاً فشيئاً وأكثر فأكثر إلى تحقيق رتيبٍ ممل، يتركز في الحوارات مع الناس وتجميع الشهادات والأدلة، دون حدوث تقدمٍ يذكر في الحبكة الرئيسية. حتى أن القراءة تصبح متعبةً فعلاً عند مرحلةٍ ما، حيث تنتظر بلهفة تقدم الأحداث في العقدة القصصية، فيما لا تحصل على شيءٍ مقابل ذلك سوى المزيد والمزيد من الانتظار والكثير من الصفحات المتبقية!نهاية الرواية صادمةٌ نوعاً ما، وهي تتمّة جيدة لفكرتها الفريدة أصلاً. قد يشفع ذلك لها على الرغم من برودة قسمٍ كبيرٍ منها، لذلك فهي تستحقّ القراءة مع أخذ هذه النقطة في عين الاعتبار. ففي النهاية، الجريمة النائمة ليست أقلَّ روعةً من سائر أعمال أغاثا كريستي الأخرى، وهي بالتأكيد تستحق أن تكون ضمن مجموعة كل هاوٍ للروايات.

  • Jim
    2019-05-28 23:53

    Newlywed Gwenda Reed travels ahead of her husband to find a home for them in the south of England. In the village of Dillmouth she see a house for sale that she immediately decides is the one. A house where she feels at home ... even though while walking through the house she had a sudden feeling of dread on the staircase. She is having work done on the new house and decides that there really should be a door between the drawing room and dining room and asks for an estimate. A workman checks it out and tells her it should not be expensive as it appear as though there was door at that very spot at one time. She asks the gardener to remove some shrubbery and put in steps from the terrace down to the lawn. When the gardener starts the work he informs her that it appears as though there were steps at the very place at one time. Gwenda is confused and bewildered. She was born in India and raised in New Zealand. She takes a break to visit relatives of her husband in London. There she is introduced to Miss Jane Marple, the aunt of one of her husbands cousins. They go to a play, the Duchess of Malfi, and during the closing lines of the play,"Cover her face; mine eyes dazzle; she died young.", Gwenda sees an image of herself viewing a man saying those words strangling a blonde-haired woman named Helen. At first she thinks she must be going insane. She confides everything that has happened to Miss Marple who suggests that rather than going insane Gwenda is reliving a memory. Perhaps between India and New Zealand Gwenda had lived in England. At the very house she bought. A very strange and large coincidence but it explains why when she saw the house for sale it felt like home. Despite Miss Marple's suggestion to leave the past alone Gwenda and her husband, Giles, decide to do some detective work and learn more about who Helen was and what happened in the house 18 years ago. When they insist they have to learn what happened Miss Marple travels to Dillmouth for health reasons and for the sea air. The Reeds learn that Helen was Gwenda's step-mother and that she disappeared 18 years ago. Her father died in a sanitarium believing he had killed her. Gwenda was sent to live with relatives in New Zealand. While Gwenda and Giles are doing their sleuthing Miss Marple is busy gossiping with the residents of Dillmouth who lived there at the time of Helen's disappearance and in her own way learns a lot about the house and the people who lived there at the time. Of course Helen did not disappear 18 years ago. She was murdered and 3 year old Gwenda witnessed it from the staircase. There are several possible suspects including former boyfriends and someone Helen was supposedly having an affair with. Memories are strange and powerful and Gwenda is about to awaken a sleeping murder and that puts her in peril. I was able to guess the identity of the murderer midway through the book but it was still a very good story. I believe this book was published posthumously but had been written in the 1930's so this is Christie in her prime.

  • Brooklyn Tayla
    2019-06-19 03:59

    This is a re read of an utterly fabulous, chilling and enthralling mystery. I remember how I first felt when I read this book, it was great being with the familiar characters again. Gwenda and Giles are so damn precious, they've definitely been among my favourite secondary Agatha Christie characters. Essentially this was a re read of an all time favourite.While Miss Marple didn't feature too heavily in this one, her role was nonetheless vital to the resolution of the crime. She was so tender and caring towards Gwenda, and I really enjoyed the characters interactions throughout the book. Raymond West, Miss Marple's nephew, also put in a slight appearance. I found him hilariously snarky, he's great. From the word go, you don't know what on earth is coming next, and it's amazing as the twists and turns develop and the case makes its surprising conclusion.Definitely recommend.

  • Nina
    2019-06-03 06:46

    Kalau melihat covernya, saya kira pembunuhan bakal berhubungan dengan ular atau bisa ular beracun. Ternyata berhubungan dengan pr_____. (No spoiler ✌)..Covernya menarik, embossed pula ular dan hurufnya. Mau puasa baca #crime ternyata gagal. Diselingi LoTR yg kurang lima puluh halaman dan #harrypotterandthechamberofsecretsJadinya gak bosan.

  • Victoria
    2019-06-17 23:06

    About 4 or 5 swear words, closer to the end of the book. My first Agatha Christie and it was awesome! She had me stumped. Which usually never happens.