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Death and the Lit Chick (A St. Just Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Murder's afoot at Dead on Arrival, a crime writers' conference held at Edinburgh's Dalmorton Castle, in Malliet's superior second cozy featuring Det. Chief Insp. Arthur St. Just (after 2008's Death of a Cozy Writer). The same evening that Kimberlee Kalder, queen of the 'chick lit' genre, accepts an award for best debut novel from her publisher, Lord Easterbrook of Deadly Dagger Press, her broken body is found in the castle dungeon. St. Just, who's visiting from Cambridge, and the local DCI learn that not all were thrilled by catty Kimberlee's megaseller, Dying for a Latte. Suspects include Kimberlee's literary agent, who's worried another agent wants to steal her star client, a flamboyant publicist and various jealous authors. Malliet's satirical take on the mystery scene is spot-on. Adding spice is the inspector's new romantic interest, writer and criminologist Portia De'Ath, with whom the love-starved widower becomes deliciously smitten. (Apr.)
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In his second outing after the Malice Domestic Award-winning Death of a Cozy Writer, DCI St. Just is sent to a mystery writers' convention in a Scottish castle to give a talk on his most interesting cases. The gathering is also going to present an award to best-selling author Kimberlee Kalder, who shows herself to be self-absorbed, rude, and a flirt. Of course, the drawbridge is up when the murderer strikes, and we are treated to an old-fashioned Agatha Christie-style mystery in which all the suspects are gathered under one roof. Lots of humor and a bit of "guess who this writer is" make this one a good choice for readers who enjoy intelligent cozies and traditional mysteries.
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  • File Size: 2156 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (April 8, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 8, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002EZZ504
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***Agatha Award-winning author of the St. Just and Max Tudor mystery novels.***

All four Tudor books were nominated for Agathas awards, and the first St. Just won the Agatha for best first mystery novel. The fifth Max Tudor book, THE HAUNTED SEASON (October 2015), is now available for pre-order.

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

**"A DEMON SUMMER makes the case that [Malliet] may be the best mystery author writing in English at the moment (along with Tana French). She's certainly the most entertaining..." Cleveland.com**

WICKED AUTUMN was a 2011 Agatha nominee for Best Novel and an NBC TODAY show Summer Reads Pick (Charlaine Harris). The Tudor books have been chosen by Library Journal as best mysteries of 2011 & 2012.

http://GMMalliet.com

G.M. Malliet is currently writing the Max Tudor series for Thomas Dunne/Minotaur Books as well as a standalone suspense novel. The first book in the Tudor 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. The fourth book is the Agatha-nominated A DEMON SUMMER. The fifth book, A HAUNTED SEASON, is now available for pre-order. Two more books are planned in the series.

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., which she visits frequently. She writes full time from her office in the Washington, D.C. area.

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 a nice map of Nether Monkslip.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Allison M. Campbell on March 24, 2009
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One of the highlights of my 2008 reading was Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet, the first mystery to feature DCI St. Just of Cambridgeshire. I was so completely hooked by the first novel that I pre-ordered the second, Death of a Lit Chick, as soon as amazon.com listed it. I wondered a bit whether the follow-up would be as satisfying, mainly because Malliet created such deliciously wicked characters in Sir Adrian's family, and of course, the only recurring character is DCI St. Just. I needn't have worried, because Death of a Lit Chick features an equally engaging cast of characters. DCI St. Just travels to Dalmorton Castle in Scotland for a mystery writer's conference (he has been asked to attend as a speaker) and finds himself confronted with a gaggle of mystery writers, all with clashing personalities and huge egos, along with a publisher, agents, and a journalist. When ditzy superstar "chick lit" writer Kimberlee Kalder turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects. St. Just is asked to assist the local constabulary with their investigations, which culminate in a hilariously over-the-top drawing room scene worthy of Agatha Christie. A cast of suspects including mystery writers is a challenge, as they all make things up for a living and seem unable to turn off the prevarication under interrogation. As St. Just unravels the web of secrets and lies, the deliciously complex plot comes to a logical yet surprising conclusion. Malliet manages to embrace the classic cozy mystery while satirizing its conventions with her sharp wit, and as we learn more about DCI St. Just, he becomes even more endearing. I'll be pre-ordering the next in the series as well.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 22, 2009
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I had high hopes for this "Cozy" book as a needed escape from the bad news we have been exposed to from every medium. Malliet attempted to satirize mystery writers and the genre and fell far short. Her detective St. Just is both shallow and pompous and the mystery writers that populate this book are superficial or shrill, sometimes both. Love interest, Portia De'Ath (this name was too precious) had no substance. It is incomprehensible to me why St, Just was interested in her or she in him for that matter. The best mystery writers have the ability to make us care about the fate of their creations. (Read Reginald Hills "The Price of Butchers Meat" ) Cardboard characters and a not very interesting plot line sink this humorless book. I have to admit the cover was great and it was downhill from there.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Salvatore N. Barranca on March 25, 2009
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She's done it again - another hit. I was so intrigued by G.M. Malliet's "Death of a Cozy Writer, that I simply had to order her second St. Just Mystery. Glad I did. It was refreshing to see that DCI St. Just has moved beyond the first cast of characters( though I enjoyed them so much as well...) into new settings and characters. The theme of the story still revolves around mystery writers' conventions of sorts, but we've moved on to castles, hotel rooms and another murder, of all things! What could be better than playing the board game "Clue" for the first time on a stormy night?...."Death and the Lit Chick". It's a fun read, particularly by a wood fire with a glass of good port, and a refreshing retreat from today's wordly concerns. I highly recommend it to you!
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This book is written in the classic mystery style -- a secluded place where it seems like the killer must be one of a small group of people; a series of interrogations by the clever detective; and a scene where the detective confronts the killer in the presence of all the suspects -- the ta-da moment when the killer is unveiled and the "how it was done" is explained. Personally, I'm not fond of that way of telling a classic mystery -- I like things besides endless interrogations of suspects/witnesses and I dislike the drawing rooom unveiling of the killer method.

The plot involves a conference of mystery writers, meeting in Scotland. Most of the writers are staying at a castle, complete with a moat, dungeon, and priest's hole, and one dark and stormy night, one of the writers is killed. Since the moat keeps them separate and the drawbridge is up (power failure), it seems that the killer must be one of the residents of the castle. Fortunately, police detective St. Just is staying at the castle -- he's one of the speakers at the conference.

I could accept all this, except when all was said and done, the solution was preposterous. The motive was not clear to me -- and it was ridiculously complicated.

On the plus side, the Scottish castle in winter setting was charming. I wish the author had set a few scenes in Edinburgh itself or made better use of the Scottish setting. Aside from a couple of Scottish characters, the castle might as well have been located in Finland.

The author is clearly talented, and I will certainly read her next book, if nothing else, on the strength of how well I liked the first in the series.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Old Dick31 on January 6, 2010
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After Death of a Cozy Writer I was really looking forward to this book. After the character introductions the book fell flat on it's face. The dialogue , if you can call it that, was very stilted and unreal. The plot was so hokey that I finally cut to the denouement at the end and that was really off the wall. It seems the sole purpose was to write a book slamming authors, agents and publishers. A couple of other reviewers described the characters as cardboard cutouts and I agree with that. Obviously written in a hurry to take advantage of the response to her first St. Just book.
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