Wanting a change from my preferred genre, I found Ms. Malliet's 2008 prize-winning debut of a Cozy Mystery set in modern times, captivating. I've always enjoyed some Agatha Christie, but find this G. M. Malliet mystery even more to my liking.
There are so many characters it's hard to keep up with them all. In the beginning I found it helped to write down the main characters names, to keep from getting confused.
There's the Patriarch: Sir Adrian
His eldest son: Ruthven (called Riven) and his wife Lillian
His second son: George and his girl friend Natassia
His third son: Albert
His Daughter: Sarah
His Ex-Wife: Cloe
Detective Chief Inspector St. Just and Detective Sergeant Fear
Other characters of Sir Adrian's household are:
Housekeeper: Mrs. Romano and her son Paolo
Literature Secretary: Jeffery (an American, trying to act like an Englishman)
and others who were questioned after MURDER at the house party in the Cambridgeshire mansion.
There's many twists and turns, and the identity of the murderer is quite a surprise.
I don't like to give too much away, because I do not like to have a book ruined by someone wanting to do a summary of the entire book, but hope to make your listening more pleasurable by having the characters in mind.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to "Death of a Cozy Writer" performed by undoubtedly one of the best narrators I've listen to.
I highly recommend it-- if you like Agatha Christie type books, you'll enjoy listening to this one.