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Product Details

  • Series: St. Just Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media; Unabridged edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624062822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624062827
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,193,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of Agatha-winner Malliet's witty third cozy to feature Det. Chief Insp. Arthur St. Just (after 2009's Death and the Lit Chick), potential benefactors to St. Michael's College at the University of Cambridge gather at St. Mike's for an alumni Open Weekend. When someone strangles Alexandra Lexy Laurant, the glamorous socialite ex-wife of another attendee, pompous writer Sir James Bassett, St. Just investigates. The Cambridgeshire policeman soon uncovers a host of suspects, including Geraldo Valentiano, Lexy's playboy honey; Gwennap Pengelly, a TV reporter desperate for a scoop; Augie Cramb, a dot-com millionaire; and American financier Karl Dunning and his complaining wife, Constance. Crime novelist Portia De'Ath, St. Just's girlfriend, who longs for crusty Arthur to be more romantic, provides invaluable help in sussing out the killer. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* The reader who hasn’t yet discovered Malliet’s St. Just Mystery series has a real treat in store. This third in the series is every bit as good as its predecessors (Death of a Cozy Writer, 2008, and Death of the Lit Chick, 2009). This time St. Just is back in Cambridgeshire, England, and the romance between him and author Portia De’Ath seems to be on the fast track. De’Ath is working on her thesis at St. Michael’s College, Cambridge, and is asked by the college master to help entertain a collection of wealthy alums attending a fund-raising weekend reunion. One of the alums is found murdered near the college boathouse, and the suspects seem to include every other alum in attendance, plus the college staff and students. Detective Chief Inspector St. Just and his assistant, Sergeant Fear, are called in to solve the crime. Malliet’s description of Cambridge college life, the various faculty, staff, students and alums, is spot-on and highly entertaining. The conceit of slyly naming some characters after an attribute associated with their occupation or character (St. Just the detective, Mary Goose the college chef, and Dr. Malenfant the pathologist, for example) is clever without being overdone. Longtime cozy fans will be reminded of golden age classics starring Dorothy Sayers’ Harriet Vane and Edmund Crispin’s Gervase Fen. Malliet’s writing is both smooth and elegant and her humor delicious. --Judy Coon --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

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The characters are realistic and likeable and the plots well written.
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The plot of the story, the actual mystery, was very well done.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 24, 2009
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The third book in this marvelous mystery series finds Detective Chief Inspector Arthur St. Just investigating a murder at St. Michael's College at Cambridge. The most unusual thing about this assortment of former students who have been invited back to St. Mike's is that they have all been very successful financially, but there is also a lot of past history tying these people together. Now the Master and the Bursar look to this weekend with the hope of convincing them to make much needed financial contributions. The old place is crumbling down and some serious repairs need to be made. Unfortunately, the guest list includes Sir James Bassett, his current wife India and his former wife Lexy Laurant. Everybody knows that combination can only spell trouble. When one of the potential donors is found murdered St. Just and Sergeant Fear must forsake their time off to find the culprit.

Once again a mystery by G. M. Malliet gives lovers of detective stories a really good, difficult mystery to solve while also including her trademark tongue in cheek presentation of the classic Golden Age novel. The plot of the story, the actual mystery, was very well done. I certainly did not foresee the twist presented at the end. There are appearances by Portia De'Ath (from Death and the Lit Chick: A St. Just Mystery - the second book in the series) who is supposed to be spending her summer at St. Mike's working on her thesis but is in reality getting more of her mystery novel written. The relationship between St. Just and Portia has progressed to an understanding between them, but St.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on July 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have to say that this book is nowhere near as good as the other two St. Just mysteries.
I agree with another reviewer who said some of the American characters are straight out of an Agatha Christie book-that's exactly what I thought when I was reading it.
Portia is becoming annoying too, almost as annoying as her last name.
As for how the murder was committed, that was so laughable and you could have driven a truck through the holes in the plot.
SPOILER ALERT!!
A blow-up doll? He never thought someone could actually see them both outside and join them? No one saw him dismantle the doll?
I'll definitely go to the library for the 4th installment of the St. Just mysteries . . . definitely not worth buying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew G. Gembara on July 19, 2010
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Bravo, well written and forces one to drive through reading. Great book for an exciting evening mystery read. Author is very creative and challenges the reader to keep guessing "What's Next". Highly recommended reading for Mystery followers. AGG
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore N. Barranca on February 2, 2010
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I am pleased to see another of the St. Just mysteries. The characters, especially St. Just and Portia, leave me only enough information about their personal lives to keep me coming back for more of Just's episodes. Malliet's use of a device to 'hold back' certain elements of her characters serves to heighten the suspense that is systemically built into any really good mystery novel....it's sort of a mystery within a mystery, and allows her writings to appeal to a broader group of readers than those who would normally read for 'mystery'. Granted she has her many subplots usually required in this genre, but the added subtle yet ongoing appearances of romance add a delightful flavor and 'upnote' to these wonderful stories. I hope Malliet will keep them coming!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marilynn Bachorik on February 1, 2010
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I can't agree that this third installment is a good one or that the characters show growth. The first two books were sort of entertaining, enough for me to buy the third, but this one was a real disappointment. Malliet has fallen back on stereotyped characterizations and did very little to develop a real murder scenario.
Every character in the book is a stereotype:
St. Just--well, he's just perfect, and we don't learn anything about him. Sgt. Fear is so flawless that he can read his superior's mind. We do learn that his three year old is smarter than all the technology staff in the department, however. Portia, the girlfriend, also perfection. But we never really get to know much else about her. She's just perfect in every way from her shining cap of hair and the arch of her neck to the gourmet meal she can produce from three hot plates. Then there's the cast at the college and the suspects. Malliet writes about all Americans by relying on decades old stereotypes. Each of the three comes right out of an Agatha Christie novel. The blustery Texan who speaks a language that no real American ever did. The OVERBEARING obnoxious and bossy woman and her long suffering husband. They appeared in almost every Christie travel story and are no better developed. The college bursar? He's exactly the same as every parsimonious bursar that was ever written. The sturdy and tweedy English old maid. Yup, seen her in several dozen British mysteries. The not-quite-of-this-world reverend. The head master. Every single one is a stereotype borrowed from the mysteries of the 30s and 40s and therefore boring.
Worst of all is the solution to the murder.
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More About the Author

***Author, PAGAN SPRING (2013), nominated for Agatha and Dilys awards.***

**A "charming series" - The New York Times on the Max Tudor mysteries.**

*Author, A FATAL WINTER, 2012 Agatha nominee for Best Novel, and WICKED AUTUMN, 2011 Agatha nominee for Best Novel and an NBC TODAY show Summer Reads Pick (Charlaine Harris). Books chosen by Library Journal: Best mysteries of 2011 & 2012.*

Newest in the Max Tudor series, now available everywhere: A DEMON SUMMER (October 2014).

http://GMMalliet.com

G.M. Malliet is currently writing the Max Tudor series for Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books. The first book in the series is the Agatha-nominated WICKED AUTUMN (September 2011), which received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Library Journal and the Boston Globe also named it a Best Mystery of 2011: "Sly humor rivals Jane Austen's."

WICKED AUTUMN also was chosen by Shelf Awareness book review editor Marilyn Dahl as one of the top ten books of 2011. In addition to being nominated for a 2012 Agatha Award for best traditional mystery novel of 2011, it was one of five books short-listed for the 2012 Dilys Award. Deadly Pleasures magazine included Wicked Autumn in its list of the best mystery-crime novels of 2011.

The New York Times' Marilyn Stasio describes it as "executed in high style and with good humor."

The second book in the Max Tudor series is A FATAL WINTER. It was a featured alternate selection in the Mystery Guild's 2012 holiday catalog.

The third book in the Max Tudor series is PAGAN SPRING, just nominated for the Agatha and Dilys awards.

Malliet did post-graduate work at Oxford University after earning a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, the setting for her earlier series, the St. Just mysteries. She has lived in places ranging from Japan and Hawaii to Europe, but she most enjoyed living in the U.K. She now lives with her husband in the Washington, D.C. area, but frequently travels in Europe. She writes full time and is currently writing a screenplay in addition to her mystery novels and short stories.

Her books are affectionate send-ups of the traditional British mystery. Two of the previous books, Death and the Lit Chick (2009) and Death of a Cozy Writer (2008), were Anthony Award nominees. Death of a Cozy Writer also won an Agatha Award for Best First Novel, having first been completed with the aid of the Malice Domestic Grant. Kirkus Reviews named it one of the best books of 2008.

In addition to the Anthony Award, Death of a Cozy Writer was nominated for a Macavity for best first novel. It also was nominated for a Left Coast Crime/Hawaii 5-0 Award (best police procedural) and a David award, and won a Silver Medal IPPY (best mystery/thriller/suspense).

The second book in the St. Just series is Death and the Lit Chick (2009). Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine named Death and the Lit Chick one of the best paperback original mysteries of 2009.

The third book in the St. Just series is Death at the Alma Mater (2010).

Her short story "Bookworm," which appeared in the fourth Chesapeake Crimes mystery anthology, was nominated for a Macavity Award.

Malliet credits Agatha Christie and other "Golden Age" authors with making her want to write a detective novel of her own. She is a lifelong fan of the humor and graceful writing styles of Robert Barnard, Caroline Graham, and Martha Grimes.

G.M. Malliet is on Facebook (g.m.malliet), Pinterest (gmmalliet), and Twitter (@gmmalliet). Links to her pages on all these social media sites appear on her website at http://GMMalliet.com.

Also see the contact page on her website for agent and publisher information, and to sign up for her newsletter: http://GMMalliet.com.

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