Sleeping Murder

 by Agatha Christie is available to buy here.


Miss Marple


Although written many years earlier, this is the 12th and final Marple novel by Agatha Christie.

when to read

This is a great summer read with all the scenes of the English coast - ideally, read while sitting on a picnic blanked whilst visiting a pebbled beach somewhere in the south of England on a sunny day.

Murder Mystery

With only a select group of suspects this is a classic closed circle mystery to get you playing detective.

England - the coast


Publishing info

This novel was published in 1976 and is the only novel published posthumously. The novel published just prior was the final Poirot novel 'Curtain' in 1975 although also written many years earlier.

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On Screen

Watching Agatha Christie

Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie was filmed as part of the ITV feature length episodes and although the final book in the Marple collection, it actually features early on in Season 2 episode 1 starring Geraldine McEwan as Miss Marple. 

In 2001 June Whitfield voiced Miss Marple in the radio edition Audiobook and a more faithful TV adatpation compared to the ITV version was also filmed by the BBC as part of the Joan Hickson series in 1987 as episode 6.  

To view the audiobook prices on Amazon, click here

Sleeping Murder Character List

Alison DanbyGwenda’s Aunt who brought her up in New Zealand
BeatriceEleanor Fane’s maid
Colonel MelroseMentioned as he had previously pointed Inspector Primer out to Miss Marple
Detective Inspector PrimerInvestigating officer
Dr HaydockMiss Marple’s doctor
Dr James KennedyOlder half brother of Helen, a retired doctor
Dr PenroseWorked at the nursing home where Major Halliday was committed to and later died at
Edith PagettPrevious cook at the house in Dillmouth, St Catherine
EstherCook at Gossingdon Hall for the Bantry’s 
Evelyn Miss Marple’s Maid
Giles ReedGwenda’s husband 
Gwenda Halliday ReedMarried to Giles and recently moved to England from New Zealand. Living at Hillside, previously called St Catherine
Helen Spenlove Halliday nee KennedyMajor Kelvin’s second wife and half-sister of Dr Kennedy
Inspector LastPoliceman 
Jackie AfflickCoach tour owner married to Dorothy, a one-time friend of Helen Kennedy
Janet ErskineRichard Erskine’s wife
Joan WestRaymond’s wife, a painter, cousin of Giles Reed
LeonieNurse at the Halliday household from Switzerland 
Lily Abbott KimbleParlourmaid at the Halliday household
Major Kelvin HallidayGwenda’s father, now deceased, his first wife was Megan (Gwenda’s mother) later married to Helen after Megan died
ManningOld gardener at the Halliday household
Megan HallidayThe first wife of Major Halliday and Gwenda’s mother
Mr Penderley House agent at Galbraith & Penderley
Mrs CockerCook for Gwenda and Giles
Raymond WestMiss Marple’s nephew, an author
Richard ErskineA married man who fell in love with Helen after meeting her on a ship to India
Walter FaneJilted fiance of Helen who later became a solicitor in Dillmouth 


Helen Halliday (nee Kennedy)

Lily Kimble

Dr Kennedy

Dr Kennedy was obsessed with his half-sister and killed her to stop her moving away from him to live with her husband. He then killed Lily Kimble as he thought she was going to blackmail him and he needed to keep his secret. 

Both women were strangled. 

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