Death of a Cozy Writer (St. Just Series #1)

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Winner of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

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 ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel

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.

G.M. Malliet's Death of a Cozy Writer won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a silver medal for the IPPY awards in the category of Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

When millionaire and mystery author Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk sends out wedding announcements to his ex-wife and children, the family descends on Waverly Court, their father's large estate in Cambridgeshire. Family tensions soon break out into murder, and Detective Chief Inspector St. Just and Sergeant Fear are called in. In her series debut, Malliet, who won a Malice Domestic Grant to write this novel, lays the foundation for an Agatha Christie-like murder mystery, although the plot lacks direction and could have used a few more red herrings. Traces of humor add to a story enhanced by the detection skills of St. Just and Fear. This will appeal to Christie fans and readers who enjoy British cozies.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Detective Chief Inspector St. Just finds himself with a pretty puzzle when a father and son are murdered in a snow-shrouded Cambridgeshire manor house. The family of wealthy mystery writer Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk have arrived in response to a shocking wedding invitation. Long divorced from his first wife, he delights in keeping his unloved heirs on edge by constantly changing his will. Upon their arrival, they learn that he has already married beautiful, aristocratic Violet Winthrop, who Ruthven, his oldest son, announces was accused of murdering her first husband. Although Ruthven has usually been his favorite, Sir Adrian does not seem unduly upset when he is found brutally murdered in the wine cellar. As for his remaining children: self-absorbed George arrives with a girlfriend as stunning as she is pregnant; Albert is an actor with a drinking problem; and Sarah seems to take pains to remain unattractive while she writes successful cookbooks. In addition, the household includes a private secretary, a cook, her son the houseboy and an ancient gardener. When Sir Adrian is at last fatally stabbed in his study, St. Just looks among the houseguests and staff for the guilty party. As so often turns out in English country-house mysteries, the answer lies buried in the past. Malliet's debut combines devices from Christie and Clue to keep you guessing until the dramatic denouement.
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"Malliet's debut combines devices from Christie and Clue to keep you guessing until the dramatic denouement." - Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of English detective work will welcome Malliet's droll debut, the first in a new series." - Publishers Weekly
"In her series debut, Malliet, who won a Malice Domestic Grant to write this novel, lays the foundation for an Agatha Christie-like murder mystery." - Library Journal
"This tale cleverly adds modern touches to an Agatha Christie style classic house mystery." - Mystery Women Magazine
"Almost every sentence is a polished, malicious gem, reminiscent of Robert Barnard...the book is perfect for the lover of the classical detective story or the fan of great sentences." - Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"Malliet's skillful debut demonstrates the sophistication one would expect of a much more established writer. I'm looking forward to her next genre-bender, Death and the Lit Chick." - Mystery Scene Magazine
"The connections made by St. Just are nothing short of Sherlock Holmes at his most coherent. A most excellent first mystery!" - Midwest Book Review
"Readers who enjoy all things British, as well as a good whodunit, will find these novels just the ticket." - Free Lance-Star
"G.M. Malliet's Death of a Cozy Writer is a delightful homage to the great novels of Britian's Golden Age of Mysteries, which lasted from about 1913 to the beginning of World War II: a time when Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Dorothy Sayers, and Ngaio Marsh's writing careers were in full bloom." - Nancy Pearl, KUOW-FM
"All in all a delightful read." - Book-Blog
"The mystery was complex and satisfying, with several unpredictable twists, and St. Just and Fear are likeable but funny investigators." - On My Bookshelf
"A good old fashion whodunit that Agatha Christie would have been pleased to claim as her own." - Alibi Books
"Try Ms. Malliet's prize-winning debut for a classic cozy set in modern times." - Fresh Fiction
"Good mystery, characters, descriptive phrases, and resolution. Malliet could have a great series on her hands." - The Mystery Bookstore
"[T]his novel delivers exactly what you hoped it would: a new packaging of the old formula, and a very enjoyable read." - Gumshoe Review
"Death of a Cozy Writer is a book anyone who cut their teeth on Agatha Christie's mysteries will treasure. I read it once for the story, and plan to read it a second time just to savor the language. It's that good." - Cozy Library
"In the beginning, Death of a Cozy Writer will entertain readers with its characters, setting, and board game-like features, but in the end will captivate them with a compelling denouement in a familiar gathering of the suspects in the drawing room." - Mysterious Reviews
"Humor, red herrings, and a few unlikeable characters make this a very enjoyable cozy." - Des Plaines Public Library, Staff Picks
"I've found a reason to read genre mystery again. You have, too." - Bookish News, Possibly of Interest
"Death of a Cozy Writer, G.M. Malliet's hilarious first mystery, is a must-read for fans of Robert Barnard and P.G. Wodehouse. I'm looking forward eagerly to Inspector St. Just's next case!" - Donna Andrews, award-winning author of Some Like it Hawk
"Death of a Cozy Writer is a romp, a classic tale of family dysfunction in a moody and often humourous English country house setting. A worthy addition to the classic mystery tradition and the perfect companion to a cup of tea and a roaring fire, or a sunny deck chair. Relax and let G.M. Malliet introduce you to the redoubtable Detective Chief Inspector St. Just of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. I'm sure we'll be hearing much more from him!" - Louise Penny, author of the award-winning Armand Gamache series of murder mysteries
"Wicked, witty and full of treats, G.M. Malliet's debut novel has the sure touch of a classy crime writer. More, please!" - Peter Lovesey, winner of Crime Writer's Association and Malice Domestic Lifetime Achievement Awards
"The traditional British cozy is alive and well. Delicious. I was hooked from the first paragraph." - Rhys Bowen, award-winning author of Her Royal Spyness
"A house party in a Cambridgeshire mansion with the usual suspects, er, guests - a sly patriarch, grasping relatives, a butler, and a victim named Ruthven (what else?) - I haven't had so much fun since Anderson's 'Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy.' Pass the tea and scones, break out the sherry, settle down in the library by the fire and enjoy Malliet's delightful tribute to the time-honored tradition of the English country house mystery." - Marcia Talley, Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of Dead Man Dancing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781624061110
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/8/2013
  • Series: St. Just Series , #1
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

G. M. Malliet worked as a journalist and copywriter for national and international news publications and public broadcasters. Winner of the Malice Domestic Grant (Death of a Cozy Writer), Malliet attended Oxford University and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge.

Malliet's first novel 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.

Death of a Cozy Writer won the 2008 Agatha Award for Best First Novel and a silver medal for the IPPY awards in the category of Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

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    This is one of the most amusing novels you'll read this decade. It may be the funniest mystery novel of all time. It's a can't-miss for Agatha Christie fans who like a tightly plotted whodunnit laced with laugh-out-loud humor.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2011

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    Good characters, but several drawbacks!

    The characters were strong and highly believable. The plot was just all right though. As there weren't quite enough clues to ponder over you had to solve the mystery by the characters of the people themselves.

    Another large drawback was the language. Numerous times it took God's name in vain. "piss", "ass" and the f word were used numerous times.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

    Superb debut

    If you like your mysteries complex, funny, engaging, well-written, and impossible to put down, you will LOVE this bestselling book.<BR/><BR/>It's received rave reviews in the blogs and mainstream review outlets, with comparisons to Agatha Christie. I can see where the reviewers are coming from (the plot twists and turns with the best of Christie), but this book has a thoroughly modern feel to it.<BR/><BR/>Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    The first St. Just

    Followed by Death and the Lit Chick in 2009, and Death at the Alma Mater in 2010.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    Death of a Cozy Writer won numerous mystery book awards when it

    Death of a Cozy Writer won numerous mystery book awards when it came out in 2008.  I could tell way before I had gotten very far into the story that the awards were most justified!!




    The English countryside and home of mystery writer and millionaire, Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk is the center for this character driven , police procedural murder mystery.  Everyone seems to have motive and no one seems particularly honest with their answers.  But worst of all, murder seems more of an inconvenience for the family and staff, non of whom are particularly saddened by the deaths of family members.




    The mystery had the necessary turns and twists, with building clues.  The descriptions and metaphors were terrific and sometimes quit funny too!!  This is the first book in Malliet's DCI St. Just series.  I decided to read it because I fell in love with her newest Father Max Tutor series.  Now I can't decide which one I enjoyed more.  G M Malliet if definitely a modern day Agatha Christie,---or perhaps I'd say that Christie's books ALMOST live up to Ms Malliet's writing----yes, Malliet is that great!! It you like classic mysteries with a modern day twist, this book is definitely for you!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    The best

    Malliet's first is my favorite in the series, though all are good. In this book, many cliches happen in the plot and in the writing... but they are tongue and cheek. Malliet is having a little fun with the genre, and I laughed out loud many times. However, it's a genuine mystery.
    If you have ever seen the Disney movie, "Enchanted", you will have experienced a movie that both made light fun at its own genre (Disney romance), yet was true to the style. Malliet does the same for mysteries here.

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  • Posted July 25, 2012

    This book won the 2008 Agatha Christie Award for Best First Nove

    This book won the 2008 Agatha Christie Award for Best First Novel and a silver medal for the IPPY awards in the category of Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

    I was really excited to read it. The setting was perfect for me.... an English mansion, a wealthy mystery writer, a family gathering and of course a murder or two.

    I did like the book but I wish the author had developed the character of St. Just a little bit more. I also think that St. Just should have been more prominent in the storyline. The plot could have used a few more red herrings and twists and turns. I was kept guessing until the end but I think that was because so much was revealed at the end instead of being craftily fed to us throughout the book.

    I read some reviews that said this was a very humorous book. There were a few humorous lines but I would not describe this book as laugh out loud funny. In fact after I read those reviews I had to really think about which lines or characters provided humor. Everyone has their own idea of humor.... for instance I think the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton is hilarious. All in all however, I did like this book... maybe I set myself up for a fall after reading all of the great critic reviews.

    I will give this series one more try and read the next book in this series.

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