Death of a Cozy Writer won numerous mystery book awards when it came out in 2008. I could tell way before I had gotten very far into the story that t..Show More »he awards were most justified!!
The English countryside and home of mystery writer and millionaire, Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk is the center for this character driven , police procedural murder mystery. Everyone seems to have motive and no one seems particularly honest with their answers. But worst of all, murder seems more of an inconvenience for the family and staff, non of whom are particularly saddened by the deaths of family members.
The mystery had the necessary turns and twists, with building clues. The descriptions and metaphors were terrific and sometimes quit funny too!! This is the first book in Malliet's DCI St. Just series. I decided to read it because I fell in love with her newest Father Max Tutor series. Now I can't decide which one I enjoyed more. G M Malliet if definitely a modern day Agatha Christie,---or perhaps I'd say that Christie's books ALMOST live up to Ms Malliet's writing----yes, Malliet is that great!! It you like classic mysteries with a modern day twist, this book is definitely for you!!!
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 stor..Show More »y 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.