Sleep No More

Sleep No More

Six Murderous Tales

Large Print - 2017
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It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unfortunate fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out what appears to be the perfect crime? Or the ones who aren't brought down even though they're found out? Or whose essential selves are changed by the crimes they commit? And what about those who do the finding out, who witness a murder, or who know the identity of the murderer but keep the information to themselves? Or who block from their minds what they can't bear to know only to have memory turn on them when they least expect it? These are some of the mysteries that these six stories begin to unlock as they draw us into the thinking, the emotional machinations, the recollections, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires, behind both murderous cause and effect.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525590491
0525590498
Characteristics: ix, 285 pages (large print) ; 19 cm
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brangwinn
Mar 27, 2018

I’m not a fan of short stories, but these short stories by famed mystery writer, PD James, makes me think I’ve been wrong. These are great mysteries most with a twist at the end.

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fred98115
Mar 20, 2018

This collection of six short storeis are not up to James' usual high standard. The most interesting is The Yo Yo, a story that contains the book's theme: not all murderers are caught and punished.

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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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