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Past Mortem

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The king of social satire with a tale of gruesome murders linked to the new craze of retracing one’s past through the web – Friends Reunited. He writes beautifully, a very clever man. You must try him.

Comparison: Stephen Fry, Rupert Morgan’s Let There Be Lite, David Nobbs.
Similar this month: None but do try William Nicholson or William Sutcliffe.

If you like Ben Elton you might also like to read books by Mary Doria Russell, John Boyne and Robert Harris.

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Past Mortem by Ben Elton

With old friends like these, who needs enemies?

It’s a question mild mannered detective Edward Newson is forced to ask himself when, in romantic desperation, he logs on to the Friends Reunited website in search of the girlfriends of his youth. Newson is not the only member of the Class of ’88 who has been raking over the ashes of the past. As his old class begins to reassemble in cyberspace, the years slip away and old feuds and passions burn hot once more.

Meanwhile, back in the present, Newson’s life is no less complicated. He is secretly in love with Natasha, his lovely but very attached sergeant, and failing comprehensively to solve a series of baffling and peculiarly gruesome murders. A school reunion is planned and as history begins to repeat itself, the past crashes headlong into the present. Neither will ever be the same again. In Past Mortem, Ben Elton – previous winner of The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for Popcorn – delivers both a heart-stopping thriller and a killer comic romance.


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'Fans will love it'
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'It's warm-hearted characterisation and deft pacing should make the paperback popular on next summer's beaches'
Sunday Times

‘A writer who provokes almost as much as he entertains’
Daily Mail

'Engaging and smartly plotted'
The Observer

'Past Mortem confirms Elton as craftsmanlike, thoughtful and readable. Fans will find plenty to enjoy'
Daily Mail

About the Author

Ben Elton

Ben Elton’s career as both performer and writer encompasses some of the most memorable and incisive comedy of the past twenty years. In addition to his hugely influential work as a stand-up comic, he is the writer of such TV hits as The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line.

Elton has written three musicals, The Beautiful Game, We Will Rock You and Tonight’s the Night and three West End plays. His internationally bestselling novels include Popcorn, Inconceivable, Dead Famous and High Society.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd May 2005

Author

Ben Elton

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Publisher

Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Books for the Boys
Literary Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552771238

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