Title: Sleeping Murder
Author: Agatha Christie
Page Count/Review Word Count: 304
I have kind of mixed feelings about this one because while I’m always going to enjoy an Agatha Christie book, I’ve definitely enjoyed some more than others. In this case, it was only a so-so story, although there were some near-supernatural elements that added a nice bit of flavour to the book, at least at the beginning.
Mostly, though, the story follows the story of a woman who’s convinced that she witnessed a murder and who won’t let the sleeping murder lie. Miss Marple is present throughout the book, but in her usual style she sort of manages it an understated way, subtly dropping hints until the case comes to its eventful conclusion. In fact, she constantly advises them to drop the investigation, but when it becomes clear that they’re going to press on with the investigation no matter what, she realises that she might as well stick her nose in.
Honestly, I didn’t like this as much as some of the other Miss Marple books, and I can’t quite put my finger on why. I think it might be my own fault as a reader, in part because I read the whole book in a day or so. I think if I’d spaced it out then it would have worked better, but I still wasn’t disappointed. An okay Agatha Christie book is better than most other authors at their best.
All in all then, I’d still recommend this book if you’re working your way through Christie’s back catalogue like I am, but it’s not worth going out of your way for if you’re new to her work. Either way, when you get to it you’ll still be able to enjoy a decent murder mystery.