Sleep No More

Sleep No More

Six Murderous Tales

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No one gets inside the head of the murderer--or makes it a more thrilling read--than the late, great P. D. James. Fast on the heels of her latest best seller: a new, fiendishly entertaining gathering of previously uncollected stories, from the author of Death Comes to Pemberley and The Private Patient.

It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren't brought down even though they're found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories as we are drawn into the thinking, the memories, the emotional machinations, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires behind murderous cause and effect.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780525520733
0525520732
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY JAMES 2017
Characteristics: ix, 194 pages ; 20 cm

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GLNovak
Feb 16, 2018

The six stories that make up this little book are just so well put together. Each is engaging from beginning to end with twists that you may or may not see coming. I raced through them and then went back and read them again. So enjoyable and satisfying.

ehbooklover Jan 10, 2018

I loved PD James books so when I saw this new collection of short stories, I was pretty excited. It did not disappoint. This was a clever, fun, and quick read. Perfect for a dark, stormy winter night!

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genepy
Jan 10, 2018

These short stories should be read slowly, attentively and perhaps twice over for they hide more complex machinations than meet the eye! A little treasure chest for British crime fiction lovers .

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cknightkc
Jan 04, 2018

Good things come in small packages. SLEEP NO MORE with the apt subtitle, “Six Murderous Tales”, is a short story collection in the intelligent, British “whodunit” tradition. It’s also a marvelous testament to the talent and genius of author PD James, “The Queen of Crime”. Her astute, often cynical, observations of human behavior and what drives ordinary people to kill make for a very entertaining read. Each story is so atmospheric, full of beautiful prose (it’ll expand your vocabulary) and contains at least one expected or surprising twist. SLEEP NO MORE with its heady mix of the sinister and the humorous is a quick read perfect for a cold winter’s evening in front of a roaring fire.

the most highly educated mystery writer ever. she is so erudite her voice does not grip me.

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cknightkc
Jan 04, 2018

"The young seldom lie convincingly. They haven't had time to practice like the rest of us.” - p. 83

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cknightkc
Jan 04, 2018

"Marriage is both the most public and the most secret of institutions, its miseries as irritatingly insistent as a hacking cough, its private malaise less easily diagnosed.” - pp.148-149

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