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As a cast of oddball characters assembles at the conference hotel, grievances, differences, and secrets begin to emerge.
When Winnie goes missing, and then is found murdered nearby, Emily begins to suspect that someone involved with the conference is responsible. Could it be one of the organizers, one of the authors, a member of the hotel staff, or even the supplier of the chocolates for the conference gift bags?
Emily teams up with guest speaker and eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel to find out. Offbeat and engaging, this entertaining comic mystery is the first to feature amateur British sleuth Emily Castles.
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By Melanie on 10-20-13
Hilarious, quirky, engaging mystery
If you could sum up Invitation to Die in three words, what would they be?
Laugh out loud
Who was your favorite character and why?
Emily Castles, because I can see me in her- which is good, in a protagonist. The characters around her are mostly larger than life, and we see them through Emily's off-beat perspective.
Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?
Oh, I couldn't possibly pick! Alison Larkin does an amazing job with all of them.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It made me (and also my boyfriend) snort with laughter. We are still quoting bits of the story to each other, and laughing.
Any additional comments?
Only that fans of Michael Innes and Edmund Crispin, people who have perhaps given up on any modern writer of detective fiction coming up to the high comic standard of these authors, would do well to give this work a try, and to keep an eye on Helen Smith's work in the future.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Jan on 08-09-17
Not my thing
cozy-mystery, amateur-sleuth, London, writers
Droll humor and wacky characters are the best parts of this book. There is something a little dull with the plot, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It just didn't suit me.
Purchased as Whispersync on the cheap courtesy of Book Gorilla.
Alison Larkin is an expressive narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful