by G.M. Malliet
Death of a Cozy Writer is a witty tribute to the classic English country house mystery. The cozy writer is Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk who has made piles of pounds writing about a Miss Marple like character. His protagonist is Miss Rampling, an amateur sleuth who solves murders in the village of Saint Edmund-Under-Stowe. When he's not writing his stories in longhand, Sir Adrian is writing his adult children in and out of his will. Sir Adrian lures his squabbling offspring back to the family estate by announcing his intentions to remarry. The bride-to-be is Violet Middenhall who was accused of murdering her first husband for his money. Hoping to discourage their father from making an unsuitable match (and to preserve their inheritances) the brood hurries home. The result of Sir Adrian's theatrics is murder. Detective Chief Inspector St. Just and his assistant, Detective Sergeant Fear, are called in to untangle the knots in this intricate plot and identify the killer. [Note: Winner of the 2009 Agatha Award for Best First Novel.][ official G.M. Malliet web site ] -- recommended by Donna G. - Eiseley and Walt Branch Libraries
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