"So there’s been a murder. My murder, in fact, but please don’t waste time feeling sorry for me. Your tears and platitudes are of no use to me now. I need your help to solve this thing, and I need it fast... Help me work out whodunit before that bloody light extinguishes all hope of ever knowing."
With her dead Grandma beckoning furiously from the tunnel, Ludovica (Lulu) Gold is desperate to solve the mystery of her murder before she heads off into eternity. Not because she's especially curious, but because the last thing she saw as her head hit the ground was her son's black Converse sneakers.
Did her beloved boy really murder her? Was it over something as fickle as chocolate cake? Or is there something deeper, and more poignant going on? In this heart-wrenching story of one woman's quest to uncover the truth, the reader is invited along to help solve whodunnit and maybe save Lulu's boy along the way. Will the truth set her free or destroy everything she ever knew about herself and her loved ones?
Top-selling author of The Agatha Christie Book Club, C.A. Larmer takes us on a remarkable journey that is deeply moving with plenty of dark humor and an ending that promises to surprise.
Contains some Australian colloquialisms and mild language.
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About the Author
Author of the popular Ghostwriter Mystery series, Christina (C.A.) Larmer is also a journalist, editor, partner and mum. She grew up in the tropics, forged her career in London, Los Angeles and New York, and now lives in Northern NSW, Australia. Christina is passionate about crime fiction and has written nine murder mysteries. When she’s not creating chaos with her keyboard she can be found immersed in a classic Agatha Christie or the latest Lisa Gardner. Her books include: The Agatha Christie Book Club, Murder on the Orient (SS), An Island Lost, the six Ghostwriter Mysteries (Killer Twist, A Plot to Die For, Last Writes, Dying Words, Words Can Kill and A Note Before Dying), and the non-fiction book A Measure of Papua New Guinea (Focus; 2008).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very well written. A mystery told from the perspective of the dead victim. Who-dun-it? Will keep you guessing until the very end. This is one I couldn't put down. Heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. Also just a bit of humor from time to time. I hope the author writes more in this series.
This is a heart-wrenching story of one woman's quest to uncover the truth. The reader is invited to help solve a murder and maybe save a boy along the way. Lulu is murdered in her own kitchen. The last thing she sees is a pair of black Converse sneakers. Do they belong to her son? Did he really kill her over a birthday cake? -- Author: C. A. Larmer Genre: Murder Mystery If you thought your child had just killed you, would you want to know? In this gut-wrenching posthumous murder mystery, single mother Lulu implores the reader to help solve her murder before the granny-beckoning tunnel swallows her whole. With her dead Grandma beckoning furiously from the tunnel, Lulu is desperate to solve the mystery of her own murder before she heads off into eternity. Christina Larmer is a talented storyteller and a gifted author. Do Not Go Gentle is as original as it gets with a plot that is easy to follow with a plethora of clues that are not easily figured out. Her writing flows with colorful details and realistic dialogue. Told from the view of the deceased this story is intriguing and entertaining. The cast of characters ranges from Lulu, the victim who may not be all that likable at times, to kiss stealing grumpy teenagers, cheating ex’s, neighbors and so-called friends. Most don’t seem to care too much about the victim or who killed her. They are a diverse group interspersed with realistic traits that either make you love them or hate them. There is no real hero, and the killer turns out to be someone the reader is unlikely to point at. There persists a sensation within the pages that everyone has a secret they fear will come out through the investigation into Lulu’s death. Their fears may well be justified as the investigation unfolds and the entire neighborhood is scrutinized. The neighborhood setting is a small area that limits the victim’s movements and what the audience can see through her eyes but feels as if it spreads across the entire country. The homes are average, the kind you would see anywhere in the world. It is an archetypal neighborhood, with vast quirks and peculiarities. Do Not Go Gentle is a wonderfully written highly entertaining book that will leave readers happy and sad at the same time. The story ends just a bit too abruptly, but this does not distract from the overall fun and enjoyment of the story. This book is highly recommended to lovers of the not so normal whodunit.