Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple Mysteries)

Miss Marple (13)

mass market paperback, 224 pages

English language

Published Sept. 22, 1992 by HarperCollins Publishers.

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5 stars (1 review)

"Let sleeping murder lie": this is the proverb (a variation on "Let sleeping dogs lie") which is not obeyed by twenty-one-year-old New Zealander Gwenda Reed, who has recently married and now comes to England to settle down there. While her husband, Giles, is out of the country, she buys a house for them and starts recalling memories which make her start to think that perhaps she had lived in the house before. She knows the pattern of the old wallpaper they find on the walls, the location of a now covered over doorway, a set of steps in the garden that are not where they should be, and so on. When she begins to remember seeing someone murdered at the bottom of the staircase however, she is convinced she is going mad. Miss Marple however has an explanation not only for why she may be having these memories but also …

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One of my favorite Miss Marple books

5 stars

Content warning I like how Miss Marple is a solid character in this book, but she isn't the main focus. It's also nice that there isn't a bumbling policeman causing problems.


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