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Death and the Lit Chick: A St. Just Mystery, Book 2 | [G. M. Malliet]

Death and the Lit Chick: A St. Just Mystery, Book 2

Wildly successful chick-lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But the fun ends when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis....
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014

Wildly successful chick-lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But the fun ends when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis....

©2009 G. M. Malliet (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[In] her superior second cozy, Malliet's satirical take on the mystery scene is spot-on." (Publishers Weekly)

"Malliet excels at stylish writing very reminiscent of the golden age of British mysteries. A real find for old-school mystery fans." (Booklist)

"An absolutely delicious skewering of the world of mystery publishing and its none-too-savory denizens, Death and the Lit Chick is even wittier and more skillfully constructed than her Agatha Award-winning Death of a Cozy Writer." (Denver Post)

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    C. Schmidt Mid-America 08-17-13
    C. Schmidt Mid-America 08-17-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh"

    Second in the series, do not read out of order.

    It occurred to me that these books are re-do's of Lord Peter Wimsey books, at least in terms of overall theme. I was left with the VERY strong impression that some kind of computer program either wrote this book or aided in the writing. It's okay. I love Davina Porter and will listen to her narrate just about anything. Without her, this is not worth the credit. If you love her, it is.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 02-01-14
    Kathi 02-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Surprisingly Unexciting"

    I am a great fan of GM Mailliet's Max Tudor series--so it is challenging to understand how she has made this book be so cumbersome and tedious. A story of people who have gathered for a conference where a writer will be given an award, but everyone becomes a suspect in murder instead.

    It's a pretty good setup for a decent mystery, but in some way, this lacks the cleverness and energy of her Tudor series. I just got weary of the focus of the story changing from one person to another endlessly laying out the background-- became sort of boring after a while. I found myself wondering whether the world of publishing (as told in this book) is more an interest to writers than readers.

    I would not avoid this book--it was okay and I think I would have liked it a lot more if I didn't know this author's ability to write better ones. I recommend it with the suggestion that her Tudor series is more engaging. She is a good author--but this is not her best work. Davina Porter has done a good job of the narration--and that helps, but the book lacks something to make it a little more interesting overall.

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    Tracy Canada 01-02-15
    Tracy Canada 01-02-15 Member Since 2012

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    Where does Death and the Lit Chick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hmm. Among British cozy mysteries, it's right up there - a 10, I'd say. Good cast of characters, and, as an earlier reviewer mentioned, they are introduced in a very digestible way so I can remember everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magretta Simcock, aka Greensleeves, because she is a demanding, colorful, older woman with lots of character.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I forget which ones. This one was ok, but she didn't really manage the American accent well, and, at times, I couldn't tell when a character was thinking or actually talking. Otherwise, she was good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I LAUGHED. I enjoyed the characters, and the mystery very much. Good tale, with great (and hilarious) characters. Really really liked this one.


    Any additional comments?

    A delightful cast of characters makes this book. This is my third G.M. Malliet book, and I've enjoyed them all. The "Seasonal" Max Tudor books seem to move faster (a bit), but the St. Just books (this is the second) are slower but more...complex and satisfying.

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    I was enjoying this book until the last hour - the murder was cleverly solved by the detective largely using clues we were never privy to. I at least would like to try and solve a mystery for myself....

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