Book Review: Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

What’s it about?

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 fear, Gwenda turned to Miss Marple to exorcise her ghosts. Between them, they were to solve a “perfect” crime committed many years before.

My thoughts

This was my pick for March’s book club read. As a group we’d not read a murder mystery and personally I hadn’t read any Agatha Christie (even though I love to watch Miss Marple!).

From the beginning this book draws you in and keeps you guessing until the end and I didn’t figure it out till the end was upon me. I guess the Agatha Christie books and TV adaptations all do follow a kind of formula – you know exactly what you’re going to get before you open the cover but they work and do have the knack of making you keep turning the pages!

The title refers to Miss Marple’s recommendation to ‘let sleeping murder lie’ I guess to let what happened in the past to stay in the past, however Gwenda’s inquisitive nature and remembering pieces of her childhood lead her to discover what really happened at Hill House all those years before.

I loved the period in which it was set and the language used and just the old-fashionedness of it and would now like to read more of Agatha Christie’s books.

Read if you’re a Christie fan or like murder mysteries that won’t scare you out of your wits 🙂

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