Sleeping Murder (Miss Marple #13) by Agatha Christie
Genre: Mystery | Fiction | Crime | Classics
Soon after Gwenda Reed 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…
“It’s very dangerous to believe people, I haven’t for years.”
― Agatha Christie, Sleeping Murder
The above quote is one of the truest things I have read in a while. I am getting to the stage in my life now where I am finding out what people are really all about.
But anyway… On to the book…
Fact about me: Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors. I find her books to be quick but entertaining reads, especially the Miss Marple series.
Jane Marple is such an endearing, loveable character. I reckon I say this for most people when I say she is what everybody looks for in a grandmother. She is probably one of my favourite characters of all time. She’s quirky, clever, down right adorable, and the kind of lady I wished lived in my own town.
But it’s not just about Jane, is it? Her character was created by the wonderful Agatha Christie. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t read a great deal of her books, but many are on my list for Popsugar Challenges 2019. and past years that I want to catch up with.
Now on to the story. The main characters that the story focuses around are newly married couple Gwenda and Giles Reed. I found both extremely likeable, however it seemed such a coincidence that Gwenda happened to stumble across the very same house in which she spent some of her childhood years. Personally, I would have left the past well alone, but with her having no remaining family I can understand why she would want to do some digging. And of course, this is where Miss Marple steps in, right on cue!
As always with a Miss Marple mystery, I found myself trying to work out the ‘who dunnit’ as the story progressed and more information came to light. And, as always, I never get it right. A lot of the female characters in this story came across as quite masculine, and were ‘away’ at the most convenient of times. This led me to believe that one of the female characters was responsible.. Wrong!
Christie’s Marple mysteries are never really that in depth, but the characters are always interesting enough to keep me interested. To me, they are a nice cosy little mystery, a break from some of the heavier books that I might read. I will always think highly of Agatha Christie, and can’t wait to dig into more of her books.