Next Monday sees the return of First Monday Crime to City University in London for the April panel. In amongst its number this month is an author whose debut, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, has been making quite a stir. Described by one reviewer as “Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day” you can probably already begin to picture what this book may be like. Now sadly I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but I have got it in my tbr piles (hardcopy, e-copy, & audio copy – this book will most certainly be read!) but I was fortunate to hear the author read the opening passages at Noir at the Bar at Granite Noir.
Now to be fair, it probably shouldn’t have been, but this was as funny as it was enthralling as read in a broad Liverpudlian accent, a book so quintessentially English upper class in tone and styling, the performance induced more than the occasional giggle. If you want to know more about the book – here it is.
About the book
‘Somebody’s going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won’t appear to be a murder and so the murderer won’t be caught. Rectify that injustice and I’ll show you the way out.’
It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.
But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.
The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath…
Now I count myself as very fortunate as I managed to pick up one of the special signed copies of Seven Deaths from Goldsboro Books, and blooming stunning it is too.
Now if you are quick you may be able to pick up one of their few remaining copies right here. (and it is just a few). If not, you can buy a copy from one of the following retailers:
About the author
Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist who has previously worked in Shanghai and Dubai. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is his debut novel. He is the winner of the Brighton and Hove Short Story Prize and was longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines competition. He lives in West London with his wife.
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Now for anyone lucky enough to be in the area on Monday 9th April, Stuart Turton will be appearing at First Monday Crime at London’s City University. First Monday Crime is a monthly gathering for authors, publicists, agents, editors, students, and avid readers of crime fiction. Each month a new panel of authors is lined up to discuss writing, the world of crime, and their latest novels. This month the panel’s line up consists of Stuart Turton, Leigh Russell (Class Murder), John Connolly (The Woman in the Woods) and Rachel Abbott (Come a Little Closer), all overseen by the expert moderation of Barry Forshaw. You can find out more about First Monday Crime and book your place at the panel here.