It was supposed to a frivolous night out. The champagne was flowing, the rugs were arranged, and the Agatha Christie Book Club had settled in to watch their favourite mystery Evil Under the Sun on the moonlit screen above.
Yet it all comes to a crashing halt when a woman’s lifeless body is discovered lying between the jumble of picnic baskets and blankets. She has been strangled and discarded like an empty champagne bottle.
How did no one see the killer lurking?
How did no one hear the victim’s cries?
And how could the Agatha Christie Book Club have been lounging just metres away and missed the whole event?!
In their latest and most complex puzzle yet, the book club friends unite to solve the unlikeliest of crimes, one that takes place in a public park, with scores of witnesses and not a single motive or suspect in sight.
When the local detectives fail to progress the case, the book club friends do what they do best, channelling their inner-Miss Marple to help out. What eventuates is a battle of wits—and wills—between the NSW Homicide Squad and our nosey amateur sleuths, with newcomer Detective Inspector Liam Jackson caught firmly in the middle.
Will the amateur detectives solve the crime first? Do the experts beat them to the punch? And how soon will they discover that the key to it all lies deep within an Agatha Christie novel?
This one’s for true Christie aficionados looking for a contemporary take on the classic whodunit.
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This book follows British English spelling and usage, and contains some Australian slang.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: humorous, cozy mystery series, amateur sleuths, international mystery
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
Not my favorite. The series started out strong but by book #3, it lost it's luster in my opinion. Once again, too many characters, red herrings, etc. This story made the police look stupid while a book club figured out the crime. Unbelievable that authorities would let these people meddle in the investigation to such a degree. The crime itself was truly unrealistic unless the entire crowd of hundreds of people were unconscious at the time. Can't imagine that nobody saw what was supposed to have happened.