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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

by Stuart Turton

Crime / Mystery Historical Fiction

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Synopsis

Costa First Novel Award Winner 2018


Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day by way of Agatha Christie and Black Mirror - the most inventive story you'll read this year Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed ... Again 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...


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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Press Reviews

Complex, fascinating and bewildering.... An astonishingly polished debut -- Marcel Berlins - The Times

This book blew my mind. It is utterly original and unique. I couldn't get it out of my head for days afterwards - Sophie Hannah

Mind-boggling...what a pleasure it is to give oneself up to the book, to be met with discoveries and thrilling upsets at every turn in the labyrinth... it's the story that triumphs, with a series of last-minute revelations as dazzling as the finale of a fireworks show - Guardian

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a mind-bending mash-up of Agatha Christie, Quantum Leap and Groundhog Day. If it isn't made into a film in the very near future, I'll eat my deerstalker -- Jake Kerridge - Sunday Express

Dazzling ... Bracingly original, fiendishly clever ... Quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant. I wish I'd written it - A. J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

Prepare to have your brain fried and your mind blown... an exhilarating, unsettling and invigoratingly original read -- Charlotte Heathcote - Daily Express

I hereby declare Stuart Turton the Mad Hatter of crime. Seven Deaths is unique, energising and clever. So original, a brilliant read ... I tore through it - Ali Land, author of Sunday Times bestseller Good Me, Bad Me

Stuart Turton's remarkable debut is something the reader will not have encountered before - Financial Times

Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters, this is a locked room mystery like no other - Sarah Pinborough

An original and high concept murder mystery, this is welcome rescue in a sea of psychological thrillers - Stylist, `The 20 Must-Read Books of 2018'

One of the most inventive, gripping and electrifying thrillers to be published this year ... This is a novel with the power to revolutionise the thinking of anyone who claims not to enjoy reading. The perfect winter thriller - Attitude

It deserves to be a stonkingly popular hit ...Outstandingly enjoyable and addictive - Sunday Express

Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day in the tightly plotted The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Good Housekeeping

Audaciously inventive, gripping and original - Louise O'Neill, author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It

A high-concept genre mash-up with soul ... Turton has astonishing ambition and narrative skill to match -- Books of the Year - Daily Telegraph

Murder mystery goes into overdrive in this mind-blowingly original debut ... It's whodunnit heaven - Saga

A huge, crumbling mansion, a masquerade ball, exploding fireworks, a devastating murder, and Stuart Turton has set the scene for this intricate mystery ... Ingenious - Psychologies

A beautifully written, mind-bending whirligig of a book - Adam Hamdy

Dazzling in its complexity, astonishing in its fiendishness and shocking in its sheer audacity. Every page, every character, and every deliciously dark secret is an absolute treat - Anna Stephens, author of the Godblind trilogy

Agatha Christie on time-bending substances ... Mind blowing - Eva Dolan

Gloriously inventive, playful and clever, this is a must for mystery fans. I wish I'd written it myself - Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries

I'm green with envy; I wish I'd written this book - Jenny Blackhurst, author of How I Lost You

Absolute envy-making bloody murderous brilliance - Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

An incredibly enjoyable read. Reads like a classic golden age mystery, yet utterly original. Very, very good. -- Ragnar Jonasson Wow. Quite brilliant - inventive, fascinating and compulsive - Tom Lloyd, author of the Twilight Reign series

An ingenious dark twist on Groundhog Day ... Stuart Turton's ingenious, twist-filled debut is a crime novel with a difference - Radio Times

The book is outstandingly enjoyable and addictive and, by the end, you may realise that you've been so preoccupied with Turton pulling your brain in all directions that you haven't noticed he's got your heart in an iron grip as well -- Jake Kerridge - Sunday Express

Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! It's a work of sheer genius. An amazing, unique book that blew my mind - Sarah J Harris

An Agatha Christie yarn tumbling Through The Looking Glass ... This utterly original thriller is brilliantly plotted and a real page-turner, with mind-bending twists and turns - Herald

A brilliantly imaginative reworking of the classic country-house murder-mystery - Countryman

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ISBN: 9781408889510
Publication date: 01/10/2018
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408889510
Publication date: 1st October 2018
Author: Stuart Turton
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 528 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical mysteries, Science fiction,

About Stuart Turton

Stuart Turton is a freelance travel journalist who has previously worked in Shanghai and Dubai. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Best Novel and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. He lives in London with his wife and daughter. @Stu_Turton

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