Read Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales Online Free - 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.
This selection (c) 2017 by the Estate of P.D. James.
"The Yo-Yo" written 1996; revised as "Hearing Ghote" in The Verdict of Us All, ed. Peter Lovesey copyright P. D. James 2006.
"The Victim" first published in Winter's Crimes 5, ed. Virginia Whitaker copyright P. D. James 1973.
"The Murder of Santa Claus" first published in Great Detectives, ed. D. W. McCullough copyright P. D. James 1984.
"The Girl Who Loved Graveyards" first published in Winter's Crimes 15, ed. George Hardinge copyright P. D. James 1983.
"A Very Desirable Residence" first published in Winter's Crimes 8, ed. Hilary Watson copyright P. D. James 1976.
"Mr Millcroft's Birthday" first published as "The Man Who Was 80" in The Man Who copyright P. D. James 1992; revised as "Mr Maybrick's Birthday" copyright 2005.
Foreword copyright 2017 by Peter Kemp.
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December 10, 2017
This collection of short stories is a bit odd for the holidays, but P.D. James' writing, and the twists in several of the six, are well worth reading.
December 25, 2017
Despite the title, I found these stories a delight to read before bed. At the end of each story, I couldn't help but be galled at the twists or miscarriages of justice. They were perfect. Lately, mysteries that focus on what drives an ordinary person to murder, have been of great interest to me....
December 31, 2017
A high-quality collection of short crime stories – I really liked all six; in fact it's hard to pick a favourite. There's something comforting and familiar about them, but they're also laced with humour and just a little bit of cynicism.
The Yo-Yo (2006)
Now in his seventies, the narrator comes acr...
November 17, 2017
This collection of short stories by the master of crime P. D. James is very very good. The crimes are simple sometimes, yet written in the most beautiful way. Stories that take place during different decades .. and takes you all over England and sometimes abroad.
October 06, 2017
I haven’t read an awful lot of short stories but when i was given the opportunity to review PD James’s new book I jumped at the chance.
Sleep No More is a collection of 6 short stories each involving a murder and each describing the deviousness of the characters as they plot out the perfect murder...
November 13, 2017
And there! I finished my reading challenge, which was 120 books also this year. I don't think I've finished so late any previous year.
I've been in Vienna since last Wednesday. I thought vacation would mean plenty of reading time, but no! All my routines gone, the New York Times for breakfast rea...
January 01, 2018
A perfect little book of "six murderous tales", as it is so aptly sub-titled. Six perfectly executed murders, every detail seen to, each murderer sympathized with, each victim deserving their fate. Every one of these stories had a surprising little twist at the end, making me gasp with the genius...
October 26, 2017
Sleep No More – A Delightful Collection of Short Stories
This collection of short stories from the late PD James, just reminds us how much she was loved and will be missed. She delivers in each short story something other authors fail to deliver in a full-scale novel. All these short murder myster...
November 14, 2017
I loved this! While it was 100% a cover / seasonal-instagrammable buy (the gold foil is gorgeous), I enjoyed the stories so much! I usually dont *get* short stories... I don't find them enjoyable, and I HATE when they end without resolution. PD James wrote wonderfully, old fashioned vig...
December 10, 2017
I think the subtitle "murderous tales" describes this collection really accurately. Even though P.D. James’s writing is often linked to Agatha Christie’s, the stories in this collection are not detective stories or murder mysteries in the most traditional sense. Instead, they more or less...