Wednesday, December 31, 2008

DEATH OF A COZY WRITER by G. M. Malliet

I occasionally get emails with photos captioned something like, "If FDR married Marilyn Monroe, their kids would look like this:" Well, if Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse wrote a book together, it would be something like this one. Malliet adheres to the traditional mystery framework endorsed by Christie and enriches it with high jinks worthy of Plum himself.

The setting is a house party in a Cambridgeshire mansion. Best-selling mystery writer Sir Adrian Beauclerek-Fisk has invited  his four not-so-successful adult children to his wedding to a widow with a dubious past. Naturally, the children are not pleased with the proposed alliance; neither is Sir Adrian's cook, Mrs. Romano. Murder is inevitable.

I was a bit skeptical when Donna Andrews almost forced me to buy this, but I'm oh, so happy she did. Save this for a Sunday afternoon in front of the fireplace—with a cup of tea by your side.

3 comments:

Donna Andrews said...

Hmmmm.....I don't remember it being THAT hard to talk you into buying the book...but glad you enjoyed it!

L.J. Sellers said...

I met Donna at Bouchercon. She's very generous with her time and knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Yes, she is! Anyone would agree.