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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (835 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: G. M. Malliet Narrator: Davina Porter Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: St. Just Mysteries Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781624061110
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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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Malliet’s skillful debut demonstrates the sophistication one would expect of a much more established writer.”

    Mystery Scene Magazine

  • “Detective Chief Inspector St. Just and Detective Sergeant Fear of the Cambridgeshire constabulary conduct a lively investigation that underscores how the lack and the love of money might be at the root of society’s ills.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Malliet’s debut combines devices from Christie and Clue to keep you guessing until the dramatic denouement.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • One of the 2008 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books
  • Winner of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel
  • A 2009 Anthony Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • A 2009 Macavity Award Finalist for Best First Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Kavanagh | 2/19/2014

    " Enjoyable. Clever plot and good characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arlene | 2/11/2014

    " Ok...I love Agatha Christie and this seemed to be of the same genre but I could not get interested in this book. It was very slow moving to me. I purchased it at my local used book store for one dollar so I am going to list it on Paperback Swap and be done with it. Maybe someone else will enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice Hambright | 2/1/2014

    " This book is a very slow read. It is the author's first attempt at a murder mystery, so I believe her next one may be better. The murder's resolution was explained too quickly at the end for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/30/2014

    " Liked that the author gave clues, even though some were red herrings. Kept me engrossed to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/29/2014

    " Known as a send up of English mysteries, this first St. Just mystery is just that. An old English "pile" loaded with some authentic antiques as well as objects of garish taste, a mean tempered writer of mysteries plots revenge on his children and most of the rest of the people surrounding him. A surprise solution (actually the only disappointing part of the book) doesn't quite come off for me, but don't let that stop you. Worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smitha | 1/22/2014

    " this was a prototype cozy mystery - enjoyed the characters immensely in the first 3/4ths of the book, but the end was quite extra ordinary with many twists and contrived circumstances. This book deals with a cozy mystery writer, but not an easy man to please or be with, and interactions between himself, ex-wife, current wife and his 4 children. The mystery starts when the first son is killed, and this is soon followed by father's murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/19/2014

    " A charming reminder of Agatha Christie's classic mystery storytelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rendier | 1/8/2014

    " Maybe I expected too much after the reviews, but there was nothing exceptionally great about the book ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharla | 12/29/2013

    " This book is an over-the-top spoof of mysteries. I thought it was a very funny read. All the old devices of mysteries are here in force. The red herrings, the improbable ending, the big reveal with all participants in place are all part of this deranged romp. I like it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 12/27/2013

    " Not bad, not great. As a warning, the ending left me cold. I don't like it when the murderer turns out to be someone you couldn't have guessed because of a wild past you didn't know about until the last five pages. Unfulfilled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah "Kat" | 12/5/2013

    " Looking forward to reading the other by same author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fani | 11/25/2013

    " The perfect classic cozy for me. Very well written. In search of more similar mysteries... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 10/29/2013

    " Pretty much a rote British mystery. OK if you're desperate. Not bad, it's just that nothing stands out at all here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 9/13/2013

    " The writing was a little tedious but the plot was good. Unexpected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frio | 8/30/2013

    " Has anyone mentioned how laugh-out-loud funny this book is? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katherine Clark | 8/16/2013

    " This book was disappointing. I heard so much about it, and it won a Malice Grant. I thought it was so-so. It suffered from cardboard characters, and a denoument that was not interesting. I just didn't care. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 7/9/2013

    " Disappointing--recommended by a writer whom I like very much. Weird how tastes overlap, or don't. This was a sort of spoof on classic British country house murders, but there was no character development. I find it's hard to like a book without some engagement with the people in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 6/14/2013

    " I would love to shout that Christie lives but I fear a firing squad, so I'll simply say Death of a Cozy Writer was a leisurely winding starter of a book that turned classic and clever. I can't wait to read the next. A 4.5 rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 5/13/2013

    " This was a mystery written by an English author. I love the way the English write. I enjoyed the characters and the plot was good. It was well written and quite clean. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 2/6/2013

    " I can't say this fits my definition of a "cozy" mystery but I can say that I didn't enjoy it. There are no likeable characters and the humour feels forced. The whole thing was rather dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fanficfan44 | 12/8/2012

    " This had a good mystery plot but seemed at times more interested in poking fun at the cozy mystery theme than being a mystery. Actually not really sure that it was not supposed to be a homage to classic cozy mysteries or a parody, just not comedic enough to be a parody. "

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About the Author

G. M. Malliet is a journalist, copywriter, and award-winning author of mystery fiction. She attended Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge. Her first novel, Death of a Cozy Writer, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2008 and won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She now lives in the Washington, DC, area.

About the Narrator

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and she also won the prestigious Audie Award in 2006.