Book Review – Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Originally published 1976 by William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 

Pages: 192 – Fontana Paperback Edition

Rating: 5/5

Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, this was a total re read. I’m just a bit obsessed with this story. I adore the main protagonists, but more on that later. 

The plot is classic! Gwenda, having arrived in England, is looking for a home for her and her husband, Giles. She stumbles upon a perfect house, but notices that it’s all too familiar to her, but she doesn’t quite recall why. She has an ill feeling of unease, could the house be haunted? Gwenda, being originally from New Zealand, can’t place why she feels like this. 

She’s constantly feeling like she’s going mad, jumping at every creak in the house. When I read this, I felt aware of the creaks too. 

The wheels are in motion when Gwenda joins her husband’s cousin, who is none other than Joan West, husband to Raymond, who of course is Miss Marple’s nephew; the trio see a show, “The Duchess of Malfi,” and Gwenda screams in horror when she hears this quote:

“Cover her face. Mine eyes dazzle. She died young!”

And so it begins. A tale of truth, murder, mystery, lies and discovery. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Gwenda. Born in India, as she finds out. Raised briefly in England, then grew up in New Zealand. She struck me as very simple, old fashioned, of good values. Trustworthy, gentle and caring. 

She’s so cute though, even though she’s 21 she comes across as much more mature. She clearly adores her husband, and he adores her. 

Giles too, was an orphan, raised by various aunts. The two are clearly made for one another, and I ship them so seriously. They are one of my all time favourite couples throughout Agatha Christie books. In fact, what makes this book such a delight to re read, are the characters of Gwenda and Giles. Throughout the novel, I felt like I was right there with them. 

Miss Marple wasn’t as heavily featured in this story as much as she has been in others, but she shone when she needed to. On top of that, she bonded so nicely with Gwenda, it was beautiful. Their relationship was so sweet throughout the book, and Aunt Jane showed such care to Giles and Gwenda, always thinking of their safety first.

All in all, I will read this book many more times to come, it’s simplicity is just amazing. It’s perfection. Dame Agatha never disappoints. 

Favourite quote:

“One always has hope for human nature.”

And that concludes another review, thank you so much for reading! πŸ™‚

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