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The Sleeping Murder

Narrated by: Stephanie Cole
Series: Miss Marple, Book 13
Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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Summary

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 have to solve a "perfect" crime committed many years before.

©1976 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK

Critic reviews

"Miss Marple is spry, shrewd, and compassionate." ( Sunday Telegraph)
"A puzzle that is tortuous, surprising, and finally satisfying." ( Sunday Express)

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Miss Marple beckons

I hope to never meet Miss Marple as I am sure of certain death within the hour. However Agatha Christie has once again let Jane Marple solve another mystery with the style and panache that is all her own. Whilst Miss M is not the main character in this story, her hints from the background made this a good read. Stephanie Cole was an excellent narrator and her clear characters were well defined and in some cases most amusing. The pace was perfect, no notable changes in either the audio quality or the readers stamina. Highly recommended.

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Christy at her finest

A better than normal plot line I truly enjoyed. Keped me hooked. Perfect summer Garden listening.

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Just the thing for a murky afternoon.

What makes this so satisfying is Stephanie Cole's reading. There is the aura of County (UK listeners will understand) about her similar to Joan Hickson in the old BBC dramatisations. You need that, just as Philip Marlowe needs snarky Californian, or Miss Marple doesn't work.

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Enjoyed this book

I'm an Agatha Christie fan so enjoyed this book. Will definitely listen to more of this type.

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Good Agatha Christie

I like Stephanie Cole but I did not like the accents in this narration I afraid . The story however is classical Agatha Christie and very enjoyable

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Hurrah for gteat narration!

Great to have someone like Stephanie Cole who can do the regional accents perfectly. Nothing jarred.


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The best - and creepiest - Miss Marple

This is my favourite Miss Marple mystery, and Stephanie Cole's fantastic narration more than does it justice.

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Very different style

One of my favourite stories of Miss Marple and well read by Stephanie Cole, while a huge fan of Joan Hickson Stephanie is another favourite actress which is why I find this so enjoyable.

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Great!

So good to hear the actual story instead of watching several TV dramas which do not stick quite so closely to the plot. Thoroughly enjoyable read.

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A brilliant drama, really enjoyed it :-)

Loved it, a brilliant drama well worth buying and listening to over and over thanks

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  • Manasee Kurlekar
  • 30-06-18

exceptional reading abilities - just perfect

such talent of doing voices and make the characters alive - the perfect foil for Agatha Christie's beautiful mystery and the inimitable Miss Jane Marple!

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  • Anniebligh
  • 29-01-13

Miss M does a little weeding in the garden

Stephanie Cole has given a very good performance in this little gem from Christie.

Without doing a second reading, I think most of the clues are out there for us to wonder 'Who done it?' and maybe solve this mystery.

While Miss M still has her knitting, she engages in a little work in the garden in this story.

For me while the storms rage outside and the creek swells with water to flood the valley further down, and the power lines are down I have been able to curl up on the couch and listen to this great little story. Maybe this is why some people call such mysteries,'cozies'.

Perhaps not perfect, this was good and is the best Miss M story I have heard on Audible.