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Publisher's Summary

From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk - an ornate knife thrust into his heart.

Trapped amid leering gargoyles and stone walls, every member of the family is a likely suspect. Using a little Cornish brusqueness and brawn, can St. Just find the killer before the next-in-line to the family fortune ends up dead?

©2008 G.M. Malliet (P)2012 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Malliet's debut combines devices from Christie and Clue to keep you guessing until the dramatic denouement." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Fans of English detective work will welcome Malliet's droll debut, the first in a new series." (Publishers Weekly)
"In her series debut, Malliet, who won a Malice Domestic Grant to write this novel, lays the foundation for an Agatha Christie-like murder mystery." (Library Journal)

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Good writing, narration not so much

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book as authored by Malliet was very enjoyable.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Davina Porter has a talent for rendering different voices and dialects, but she reads with an emotive, overemphasized style that detracts from the story by drawing attention too much to herself. She would be a great narrator if she could tone it down.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A Complex & Satisfying Mystery

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
Butler: Waters
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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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WOW!!!

That was a well told story!!! HURRAY to the narrator, she made me able to see each of the characters in my minds eye. Well done!!

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Cozy??/

What did you like best about Death of a Cozy Writer? What did you like least?

Was somewhat disappointed in this book as I had so loved the first book of hers I read...Was rather bland for the genre but I would listen to her offerings again.

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