Sleeping Murder

June 2, 2010

Sleeping Murder
By: Agatha Christie
217 pages

When Gwenda Reed goes looking for the house she and her new husband will live in she feels a connection to one particular villa. Turns out, there's a reason why. But what connection could she and this old house possibly share?

Of the handful of Agatha Christie books I have read, Sleeping Murder, has been my favorite... by far. I love mysteries that aren't bloody, gruesome, or really heavy and Agatha Christie is good at telling an intriguing story without all of those. From beginning to end I was enthralled. I could not get enough of this book. From Gwenda's sense of deja vu and her first flashback I knew I was in for a treat. The story takes off right off the bat and doesn't let up until the end. I was enthralled all the way through this fast paced story and the ending did not disappoint at all.

The characters were great! I felt like I was on the same roller coaster ride they were on. I just wanted to hug Gwenda, the poor thing. You feel so badly for her when she sees the vision of a dead woman at the bottom of the stairs. Miss Marple is a favorite Agatha Christie character for a reason. She's the ultimate people watcher and she doesn't miss a beat. Still, many underestimate her. The host of secondary characters were an endless source of speculation for me. I was constantly trying to figure out who did what and for what reason. Could the scorned lover be the reason a woman is dead at the bottom of the stairs? Perhaps his wife is? The possiblities were endless! Sometimes I was right, sometimes not so much.

If you enjoy light mysteries you will enjoy Agatha Christie. I recommend Sleeping Murder, it will not let you down. I dare to say it's Agatha Christie at her best.

Rating: But It!


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on June 3, 2010 at 1:47 AM said...

Great review! I also love the cover, very English and Gothic. I haven't read this Christine novel yet, but I will keep it in mind for the next time I feel like reading a book by Agatha Christine.

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on June 3, 2010 at 1:47 AM said...

Oh, crap, Christie, not Christine, haha! Sorry.

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