Audie Award Finalist, Mystery, 2014
Wildly successful chick-lit mystery writer Kimberlee Kalder is the guest of honor at an exclusive writers' conference at Dalmorton Castle in Scotland. But the fun ends when Kimberlee is found dead at the bottom of the castle's bottle dungeon. Who didn't want to see prima donna Kimberlee brutally extinguished like one of her ill-fated characters? It's up to Detective Chief Inspector St. Just to track down the true killer in a castle full of cagey mystery connoisseurs who live and breathe malicious murder and artful alibis....
"[In] her superior second cozy, Malliet's satirical take on the mystery scene is spot-on." (Publishers Weekly)
"Malliet excels at stylish writing very reminiscent of the golden age of British mysteries. A real find for old-school mystery fans." (Booklist)
"An absolutely delicious skewering of the world of mystery publishing and its none-too-savory denizens, Death and the Lit Chick is even wittier and more skillfully constructed than her Agatha Award-winning Death of a Cozy Writer." (Denver Post)
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- C. Speer
Delightful "Locked Room" Mystery
Hmm. Among British cozy mysteries, it's right up there - a 10, I'd say. Good cast of characters, and, as an earlier reviewer mentioned, they are introduced in a very digestible way so I can remember everyone.
Magretta Simcock, aka Greensleeves, because she is a demanding, colorful, older woman with lots of character.
Yes, I forget which ones. This one was ok, but she didn't really manage the American accent well, and, at times, I couldn't tell when a character was thinking or actually talking. Otherwise, she was good.
I LAUGHED. I enjoyed the characters, and the mystery very much. Good tale, with great (and hilarious) characters. Really really liked this one.
A delightful cast of characters makes this book. This is my third G.M. Malliet book, and I've enjoyed them all. The "Seasonal" Max Tudor books seem to move faster (a bit), but the St. Just books (this is the second) are slower but more...complex and satisfying.