Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder: A Novel

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder: A Novel

by T.A. Willberg

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Overview

"This is the most fun I've had with a book this year. Every page is a delight and the mystery got its hooks into me from the first chapter.” – Stuart Turton, bestselling author of The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The letter was short. A name, a time, a place.

Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder plunges readers into the heart of London, to the secret tunnels that exist far beneath the city streets. There, a mysterious group of detectives recruited for Miss Brickett’s Investigations & Inquiries use their cunning and gadgets to solve crimes that have stumped Scotland Yard.

Late one night in April 1958, a filing assistant at Miss Brickett’s receives a letter of warning, detailing a name, a time, and a place. She goes to investigate but finds the room empty. At the stroke of midnight, she is murdered by a killer she can’t see—her death the only sign she wasn’t alone. It becomes chillingly clear that the person responsible must also work for Miss Brickett’s, making everyone a suspect.

Marion Lane, a first-year Inquirer-in-training, finds herself drawn ever deeper into the investigation. When her friend and colleague is framed for the crime, to clear his name she must sort through the hidden alliances at Miss Brickett’s and secrets dating back to WWII. Masterful, clever and deliciously suspenseful, Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder is a fresh take on the Agatha Christie-style locked-room murder mystery, with an exciting new heroine detective.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

10/05/2020

Set in 1958 London, Willberg’s assured debut, which is equal parts mystery and whimsical fantasy, plunges Marion Lane, a first-year apprentice at the shadow spy agency Miss Brickett’s Investigations and Inquiries, into the case of Michelle White, a much-loathed filing assistant, who was stabbed to death with one of the agency’s futuristic spy gadgets. The nature of the murder weapon leads Marion to believe that Michelle had incriminating information on her murderer. But when Marion’s mentor and protector, Frank Stone, comes under suspicion, Marion has to muster her investigative skills and those of her fellow apprentices to prove Frank’s innocence before Frank is sent to live out his days in the Holding Chambers, a forbidding prison for inquirers who have gone rogue. Willberg does an admirable job of worldbuilding, in particular Miss Brickett’s, which exists in an underground labyrinth far beneath the streets of London. Two distinctive supporting characters, best friend Bill Hobb and handsome American love interest Kenny Hugo, compensate for others who fail to pop. Readers will be curious to see where Marion goes next. Agent: Hayley Steed, Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency. (Dec.)

From the Publisher

"This is the most fun I've had with a book this year. Every page is a delight, the worldbuilding is wonderful, and the mystery got its hooks into me from the first chapter. This is what would happen if a trainee James Bond was asked to solve an Agatha Christie mystery, and it's brilliant." — Stuart Turton, bestselling author of THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE

"MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER crackles with invention and surprise—the wondrous gadgetry, the moody settings, the endearing heroine and the struggles she’s endured—and Willberg weaves it all together around a perfectly puzzling locked-room whodunnit." — Matthew Sullivan, author of MIDNIGHT AT THE BRIGHT IDEAS BOOKSTORE

"MARION LANE AND THE MIDNIGHT MURDER is a delightfully stylish romp through London's foggy streets and secret tunnels, complete with a tantalizing, steampunk-flavored mystery. And in Marion Lane herself, T.A. Willberg has conjured a sharp-witted and sympathetic heroine, a worthy match for the sinister forces and shadowy organizations arrayed against her. Delicious fun!" — Helene Wecker, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

"[An] assured debut...Willberg does an admirable job of worldbuilding, in particular Miss Brickett’s, which exists in an underground labyrinth far beneath the streets of London." — Publishers Weekly

Library Journal

07/01/2020

In debut author Willberg's 1950s London-set title, a Publisher's Lunch "Deal of the Day," the eponymous heroine hunts for the murderer of one of her colleagues at Miss Brickett's Investigations & Inquiries when another colleague is framed. Not for claustrophobes; lots of scenes in London's secret tunnels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778389330
Publisher: Park Row Books
Publication date: 12/29/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 54,047
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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