Lord Easterbrook, owner of Deadly Dagger publishing
house, has convened his stable of mystery writers at Dalmorton Castle and Spa,
near Edinburgh. They’ll be staying at the castle for the weekend of the annual
Dead on Arrival writers’ conference. His most honored guestis Kimberlee Kalder,
wildly successful young author of the chick lit mystery Dying for a Latte.
Among Kimberlee’s rivals for the bestseller rankings are
Magretta Sincock, whose damsel-in-distress novels are fading in popularity with
the reading public, and Tom Brackett, whose spy thrillers toppled along with
the Berlin wall. Then there’s Winston Chatley, whose dark and edgy novels have
lost their edge, and Donna Doone, who is hopelessly enmeshed in writing a
detective story set in prehistoric times. In fact, there is no shortage of
writers who feel shoved aside by Kimberlee, who goes out of her way to let her
fellow writers know she thinks all of them are past their sell-by date.
Despite the tense atmosphere, St. Just is as surprised as
the rest when Kimberlee turns up dead, thrown to the bottom of the castle’s
bottle dungeon. With his Scottish colleagues, St. Just begins a race against
time to find the writer with the “poison pen.” Download and start listening now!