Death of a Cozy Writer by G. M. Malliet
G. M. Malliet
G M Malliet if definitely a modern day Agatha Christie,—or perhaps I’d say that Christie’s books ALMOST live up to Ms. Malliet’s writing—-yes, Malliet is that great!
From deep in the heart of his 18th century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance.
Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow – a secret elopement. Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk – an ornate knife thrust into his heart.
Trapped amid leering gargoyles and stone walls, every member of the family is a likely suspect. Using a little Cornish brusqueness and brawn, can St. Just find the killer before the next-in-line to the family fortune ends up dead?
Review by Ronna:
Death of a Cozy Writer won numerous mystery book awards when it came out in 2008. I could tell way before I had gotten very far into the story that the awards were most justified!! The English countryside and home of mystery writer and millionaire, Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk is the center for this character driven police procedural murder mystery. Everyone seems to have motive and no one seems particularly honest with their answers.
But worst of all, murder seems more of an inconvenience for the family and staff, non of whom are particularly saddened by the deaths of family members. The mystery had the necessary turns and twists, with building clues. The descriptions and metaphors were terrific and sometimes quit funny too!! This is the first book in Malliet’s DCI St. Just series.
I decided to read it because I fell in love with her newest Father Max Tutor series. Now I can’t decide which one I enjoyed more. G M Malliet if definitely a modern day Agatha Christie,—or perhaps I’d say that Christie’s books ALMOST live up to Ms. Malliet’s writing—-yes, Malliet is that great!! It you like classic mysteries with a modern day twist, this book is definitely for you!!!
Review by Jacqueline:
Artfully done, with a lot of wit and humor. Pay close attention, or you may miss some of the “tongue in cheek” comments– A house full of grown children plotting ways to get their fortune the minute their nasty old father dies. What could be more fun? In the style of the classic British murder mysteries, it is extremely well done. It kept me guessing until almost the end. We have Sir Adrian as the “cozy writer” and head of the castle.
He invites his four adult children home to make a big announcement–his engagement to a younger woman. Since he regularly changes his will depending on who is in his good graces on any particular month, they all rush home at top speed to protect their interests. No love lost between any of them, but they all put on a good show.
They clearly don’t care for one another, but they all do agree they must stop the impending marriage. Ruthvin (pronounced Riven) the oldest, is the bully and usually gets his way. He has been his father’s favorite. George is the vain actor, Andrew an alcoholic, and Sarah, the plump youngest who writes cookbooks.
You have to pay close attention, as there is a lot going on. Everyone is a suspect, including family members, servants, and old acquaintances. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a British murder mystery this much.