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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Murder by the Book by Eric Brown

'London, 1955. When crime writer Donald Langham’s literary agent asks for his help in sorting out ‘a delicate matter’, little does Langham realize what he’s getting himself into. For a nasty case of blackmail leads inexorably to murder as London’s literary establishment is rocked by a series of increasingly bizarre deaths. With three members of the London Crime Writers’ Association coming to sudden and violent ends, what at first appeared to be a series of suicides looks suspiciously like murder – and there seems to be something horribly familiar about the various methods of despatch.

With the help of his literary agent’s assistant, the delectable Maria Dupre, Langham finds himself drawing on the skills of his fictional detective hero as he hunts a ruthless and fiendishly clever killer – a killer with old scores to settle.'

I loved this book! A wonderful plot, authors, publishers, editors and book reviewers being bumped off left and right! What a fun idea for a mystery! I immediately liked the main characters. Did not see the the solution at all, a wonderful surprise. 'Real' authors were mentioned throughout and one character had a little dog named Poirot! Can't wait to get my hands on the second book in this solid well written series.

Peggy Ann

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you loved Murder by the Book and I'm sure you'll enjoy the next two in th series just as much - Murder at the Chase and Murder at the Loch.
    Of course this can count towards the Read Scotland Challenge as Eric Brown has been living in Scotland for four or five years now.


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