From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Tiring of this device, the portly patriarch decides to weave a malicious twist into his well-worn plot. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow - a secret elopement with the beautiful Violet... who was once suspected of murdering her husband. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. Since Ruthven is generally hated, no one seems too surprised or upset - least of all his cold-blooded wife Lillian. When Detective Chief Inspector St. Just is brought in to investigate, he meets with a deadly calm that goes beyond the usual English reserve. 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? Death of a Cozy Writer was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2008, nominated for a Left Coast Crime award (the Hawaii Five-O for best police procedural), short-listed for the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, nominated for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the David G. Sasher, Sr. Award for Best Mystery Novel
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by G.M. Malliet
by C.S. Harris
by Val McDermid
by Anne Perry
by Ruth Rendell
"This mystery is even more entertaining with the infusion of performer Davina Porter's witty interpretation, becoming delightfully hilarious with her myriad accents, expressive rejoinders, wide-ranging pitch, inebriated drawls, and spot-on portrayals of key characters. This is no small feat, given the number of people gathered at the eighteenth-century manor of millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk, an elderly mystery author who has announced his imminent wedding. Within hours, the murders begin to pile up, revealing contempt and ulterior motives among the multiplying suspects. Maillet's quirky mirth shines in this Agatha Award-winning mystery featuring Detective Inspector St. Just. Ironically, before his death Sir Adrian had spent his literary career shamelessly mimicking the craft of Dame Agatha Christie. A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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