Sleeping Murder - Miss Marple, Bk 12 Author:Agatha Christie Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple, Bk 12) - Miss Marple's last case. — Gwen, a young newly wed woman, knows she has come home the moment she steps into that charming Victorian villa by the sea called Hillside. What a wonderful place to settle down with her husband, Giles, now that they have decided to stay in Engla... more »nd permanently. However, soon after she moves in, Mrs. Reed's new home gives the lovely new bride the strangest feeling of deja vu.
Despite her best efforts to modernise the house, she only succeeds in dredging up its past. Worse, she feels an irrational sense of terror, a feeling of fear, that starts to engulf her every time she climbs the stairs...an unnatural dread that's taking its toll. Gwenda 'see's' a woman lying, dead, at the bottom of the stairs. Is Gwen going crazy or is Hillside haunted? Are the ominous visions that rise before her eyes just hallucinations or are they glimpses of the house’s past?
In fear, thinking she's going crazy, Gwenda turns to Miss Marple, her husband's aunt, hoping she can calm her frayed nerves...to exorcise her ghosts. But Miss Marple 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 committed 18 years ago...looking into the disappearance of her stepmother and the several men in her life. But how can anyone solve a mystery such as this when the only clues are those in Gwenda's vivid imagination.
As Aunt Jane digs a little deeper she's soon to discover just how truthful -- and terrifying -- the imagination can be.
Miss Marple, almost as if she knew she wouldn't be around much longer, is her most self-effacing while she watches and warns quietly that "murder in retrospect" is the equivalent of sleeping murder which, like those dogs, should be let lie.
Christie wrote Sleeping Murder early in her career during World War II, most likely in 1940. The book remained sealed in a bank vault for the next thirty six years...set aside to be published after her death in order to stem would be successors who might try to write more Miss Marple stories. It was the final Christie novel published - posthumously.« less
I listened to the unabridged version; 6 CDs; 7 hours 15 minutes.
I have to say I enjoyed this audiobook so much, I kept finding ways to 'work' and keep listening until I had heard the whole thing.
Gwenda Reed buys a Victorian house in England. The house seems oddly familiar to her but she doesn't know why. She has a vision that she has seen a woman named Helen murdered there. She and her husband start asking questions and with the help of Miss Marple, they unravel the plot of a murder that took place 18 years ago.
I enjoyed the presentation done by Rosemary Leach. If you have listened to audiobooks, you know there are good narrators and then there are some not so good narrators. Rosemary does an excellent job of 'painting the picture' and portraying the characters. I am now searching for more books that she has narrated.