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Death of a Cozy Author by G.M. Malliet

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Death of a Cozy Author by G.M. Malliet is is described as, “an affectionate send up of the traditional or “cozy” mystery genre. The author calls it an homage to the golden age of the classic British mystery”, or so the back of the book tells me. gmmalliet1

The book centers around an aging author, Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk who enjoys torturing his children by dangling his estate & fortune in a revolving door will that seems to change with his every whim. All of the children seem on the brink of benefiting from his death and yet Sir Adrian has upped the stakes of this game by announcing his engagement to Violet, a widow with a muddled and suspicious past.

I would love to tell more but it would ruin the story. Chief Inspector St. Just ( How I do love the pun that is his name) is called to the estate to sort out what is going on and to solve the various murder(s)? that occur.

I picked this out randomly in the mystery section a week and a half ago, intrigued primarily by the title and the book cover. I am pleased that I gave this book and this author a chance. The start of the book is a bit slow and action does not take place until half way through, (not to worry though, book clocks in at a modest 286 pages) and quickly picks up speed once Chief Inspector St. Just appears. That is the best part of the story, she makes you wait and wait and wait for the actual “solving” of the story to begin. By the time Inspector St. Just appears, a number of possible suspects have been presented to the reader and all of them more than capable of the crime(s) that have been committed. I will say this, she writes the most deplorable family relationship I’ve ever read, very entertaining.

It seems that Ms. G.M. Malliet has another book in this series that was just recently released Death and the Lit Chick. If you enjoy mysteries then this book is for you, and if you’ve been a long time fan of classic mystery genre, even more so as Malliet is clearly having fun taking apart the cliches and tropes that abound in stories of this type. Oh and if you’re one of those readers who insist on peer reviews to help tip the scale in your decision to purchase a book, this work has won several awards and nominations: here at her blog you can read a full list of reviews and commentary.

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  1. I just wanted to thank you for the lovely review of Death of a Cozy Writer. I believe you are the first reviewer to comment on St. Just’s name. I am fond of it myself: he is a just man, & a policeman who can’t be corrupted!

    Kindest regards, GMM

    G.M. Malliet

    August 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

    • I enjoyed your book quite a bit and look forward to more in this series. Not that you’re asking for suggestions but I’ll offer up one anyways. It would be interesting to see St. Just match wits with a formidable woman, a female Moriarty of a kind. Just something I’ve thought a bit about. Enjoy.

      thebeliever07

      August 6, 2009 at 12:13 pm

  2. A recurring nemesis figure? Hmm…

    G.M. Malliet

    August 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    • I was thinking some woman who has a “warped” sense of justice that is just as confident, capable, powerful, and authoritative as he is, yet tainted and corrupt. Someone who also knows how to get away or manipulate the law.

      A lawyer or someone in a position of authority that abuses their power. Just thoughts, cheers.

      thebeliever07

      August 6, 2009 at 2:18 pm

  3. Still, a smart, rational female nemesis? That rarely happens in mystery — besides Sherlock’s Irene Adler and Laurie King’s recent reimaginings of Sherlock, the unjust females in the genre usually find themselves reduced to the trope of the femme fatale (and it’s refreshing when it’s otherwise).

    Shall finish _The American Boy_ soon so we can trade books.

    daughterofben

    August 6, 2009 at 8:25 pm


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