Wednesday, March 20, 2013



G.M. Malliet’s Death of a Cozy Writer is a cozy Novel of Manners.

All the conflict comes in conversation. The vast bulk of this present-day story takes place in an eighteenth century English manor. And the solutions to two murders come only after Detective Chief Inspector St. Just helps us work our way through a maze of clues.

Elderly millionaire cozy writer Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk invites his four children and their wives or consorts to come to his manor at Christmas. He lures them there with a wedding invitation. He is going to marry a widow accused of killing her first husband.

Then someone kills Beauclerk-Fisk’s eldest son. The murderer uses a ball and chain weapon taken from a medieval display in the mansion. Later, someone murders Beauclerk-Fisk himself, and the story goes from there.

Finally, Death of a Cozy Writer has an “I’m-My-Own-Grandpa” kind of solution. (Remember that old song?) The murders reach back into the history of the people.  St. Just has to look into the murderous tensions of the past to learn the truth.

This is an exquisitely-written cozy novel. You would probably have to be a cozy-lover to enjoy this book, but if you are into truly cozy cozies, you might especially like Death of a Cozy Writer.
I bought this book on special as a reduced-price e-book at Amazon. According to what I read after I wrote these comments, Kirkus Reviews chose this book as one of its Best Books of 2008. The book was on the short list for several other awards.

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