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Death of a Cozy Writer (A St. Just Mystery) Paperback – July 8, 2008
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"A good old fashion whodunit that Agatha Christie would have been pleased to claim as her own." -- Roberta "ALIBI BOOKS ...for readers who need no excuse"
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"Death of a Cozy Writer, G.M. Malliet's hilarious first mystery, is a must-read for fans of Robert Barnard and P.G. Wodehouse. I'm looking forward eagerly to Inspector St. Just's next case!"
~~ Donna Andrews, award-winning author of The Penguin Who Knew Too Much
"The traditional British cozy is alive and well. Delicious. I was hooked from the first paragraph."
~~ Rhys Bowen, award-winning author of Her Royal Spyness
"Wicked, witty and full of treats, G.M. Malliet's debut novel has the sure touch of a classy crime writer. More, please!"
~~ Peter Lovesey, recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Crime Writers' Association and Malice Domestic
Death of a Cozy Writer is a romp, a classic tale of family dysfunction in a moody and often humourous English country house setting. A worthy addition to the classic mystery tradition and the perfect companion to a cup of tea and a roaring fire, or a sunny deck chair. Relax and let G.M. Malliet introduce you to the redoubtable Detective Chief Inspector St. Just of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. I'm sure we'll be hearing much more from him!
~~ Louise Penny, author of the award-winning Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries
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The characters are fairly well drawn but none of them are likeable which makes the reader less interested from the beginning. The plot was very unbelievable in many, many places and the ending was like a giant plop that ended up on the last pages, with no real way for the reader to anticipate it. I won't be searching out more by this author since it was like I was working as I was reading on waiting for something to be interesting.
Usually a cozy will also have humor but that was another aspect I did not find, even dry humor. This is more of a dark cozy I guess. That is not at all what I was expecting.
The characters were very well rendered and as there were quite a few of them, I was impressed. DCI St. Just & his assistant, Sergeant Fear take a while to arrive in the story to begin their investigation but as the preceding is very much important to telling us who the Beauclerk-Fisk clan are, it's not awkward at all. The connections all came together & I must admit that I was reading agog. Fantastic. As this is a mystery, I won't give anything plot-worthy away, I will only say that as murder mysteries go, this one is worth reading. It's perfect for a rainy weekend when you're looking for a good yarn. I have another of G.M. Malliet's St. Just mysteries on my Kindle & will be reading it.
If you aren't a Christie fan, it is still a good light read.
However, his children have a different opinion of their father. The man considers it a sport to manipulate them into fighting with each other. He changes his will constantly to slight which ever one has offended him most recently.
His latest stunt is a remarriage. His children reluctantly show up at his Cambridgeshire manor for the occasion, hoping to talk him into calling it off. But Adrian has some surprises up his sleeve. However, instead of the normal fireworks, the bodies start piling up. Who among the guests at the manor is a killer?
This book delightfully harkens back to the cozies of the golden age. I'm not as familiar with the writers of that time period as I probably should be, but I still got a kick out of watching someone else hit all the conventions of the drama and yet twist them every so slightly. The story is strong; the first murder takes place rather late in the book, but the tension builds nicely up to that point. Once our main character, Detective Chief Inspector St. Just, is introduced, things pick up even more.
Unfortunately, the book wasn't quite perfect. While the suspects are all very strong characters, I felt they were much stronger than St. Just. Of course, he didn't have as many pages to develop. Still, it would be nice to feel like I know him better than I do. The climax, while logical, was overly complex. Finally, the writing style, while trying to harken back to the writing of the 30's and 40's, was a tad overly complex. Every time I sat down, I had to readjust myself to the style before truly getting lost in the story.
Still, I can see why I've been hearing so much good stuff about this book. I'm already planning my return trip to England to visit St. Just again.
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This story neat and quirky really liked the twist it took, Not a brain squeezer, a...Read more