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

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

by G. M. Malliet
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Death of a Cozy Writer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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!!!
nancydrew123 More than 1 year ago
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.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
I have read G M Malliet many times, thoroughly enjoying the Max Tudor series. Death of a Cozy Writer, a St Just Mystery, lacked the zest of the Max Tudor series. G M Malliet brings many interesting subjects into her stories through her characters. I adore how Malliet introduces her characters at the beginning of her books, and this story has discussion questions at the end, which is always a delight. All the characters bring faults as well as strengths, and vivid sex scenes and graphic violence disappear in favor of setting and characters. Names of the characters provide great amusement as the Detective Chief Inspector is St. Just, his Sergeant is Garwin Fear, and the coroner is Dr. Malenfant. The English countryside glitters in the Christmas season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading!
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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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mystery_fan More than 1 year ago
Followed by Death and the Lit Chick in 2009, and Death at the Alma Mater in 2010.
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