Murder by Milk Bottle

Hardback edition released 09/07/2020

by Lynne Truss

Crime and Mystery Historical fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of Murder by Milk Bottle

Love cosy crime? Then this Constable Twitten novel will be your cup of tea (or milk, should we say).

If you’re in need of a comfort read, you won’t go wrong with the latest in the Constable Twitten mysteries. Former literary editor, Lynne Truss, has spun a series that’s got all the hallmarks of a cosy crime including curious deaths (yes indeed by milk bottle), period setting and cast of fun and familiar characters.  

At the centre is Constable Twitten who’s out to solve a brutal and baffling trio of murders. Gory and nasty this book is not; the story’s more madcap than menace. So leave your desire for dark drama – and at times your disbelief – at the door. Just follow by-the-book Twitten as he seeks to stop more blood and milk being spilt. Many readers will know Truss as a humorous grammarian and author of Eat, Shoots & Leaves, and she’s captured the same sense of playfulness with this charming seaside farce. 

Julie Vuong

Murder by Milk Bottle Synopsis

The latest installment in Lynne Truss's quirky and charming prize-winning series set in 1950s Brighton sees her trio of police detectives investigating a case with a most curious murder weapon

The August bank holiday is approaching and after two extremely high-profile murder cases, Constable Twitten is eagerly anticipating a quiet spell at work. But then they find the bodies - and the milk bottles.

Three seemingly unconnected victims - a hard-working AA patrolman, a would-be Beauty Queen, a catty BBC radio personality - have all been killed with the same, highly unusual murder weapon. Constable Twitten, Sergeant Brunswick and Inspector Steine are initially baffled, the town is alarmed, and the local newspaper is delighted: after all, what sells papers better than a killer on the loose?

Can our redoubtable trio solve the case and catch this most curious of killers before they strike again?

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781526609793
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Author: Lynne Truss
Publisher: Raven Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Primary Genre Crime and Mystery
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Lynne Truss Press Reviews

Murder by Milk Bottle is the third outing for Lynne Truss's loveable seaside ninnies. In relating and relishing the farcical events that culminate in the Utterly Preventable Milk-Bar Riot , it proves even funnier than its playful precursors - The Times

The glorious return of Constable Twitten and the doughty coppers of 1950s Brighton for a third adventure is a cause for celebration ... As ever the fun is in Truss's keen ear for dialogue, original comic characters and affectionate(ish) recreation of a seaside resort in its slightly sleazy heyday - Sunday Times Crime Club

A delight. Lynne Truss has great affection for her characters, who fully inhabit 1950s Brighton. The backgrounds of gang warfare and milk marketing come together to sublime comic effect. There are some lovely lines - and a cheerily high body count. Enormous fun -- Simon Brett

If you enjoy knock-about farce played at hectic speed, this is the book for you -- Barry Turner - Daily Mail

Outstanding ... In her ability to blend crime and farce, Truss is in a class of her own - Publishers Weekly

A nicely managed farce with thoroughly likeable characters and a terrific period feel -- John Williams - Mail on Sunday

A ridiculously funny caricature of the seaside town of Brighton - New York Times Book Review

Murder by Milk Bottle flows at a swift pace ... Truss's approach to crime fiction owes as much to English comedy classics like The Goon Show and Monty Python's Flying Circus as to vintage British police-procedural series like Dixon of Dock Green or Fabian of the Yard. Her sharp-toothed whimsy may be an acquired taste, but it's one well worth savoring - Wall Street Journal

More Marx Brothers than Agatha Christie, this is crime fiction turned on its head - a giddy spell of sheer delight -- Praise for the Constable Twitten series - Daily Mail

[A] pitch-perfect send-up of 1950s Brighton with nods to Graham Greene ... Hilarious -- Praise for the Constable Twitten series - Sunday Times Crime Club

Funny, clever, charming, imaginative, nostalgic and gently satirical -- Praise for the Constable Twitten series - The Times

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ISBN: 9781526609786
Publication date: 22/07/2021
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781526609793
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Format: Hardback

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About Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss is one of Britain’s top comic writers and is the author of the number one bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It has sold over three million copies worldwide and won the British Book of the Year award in 2004. She has also written four comic books, Going Loco, Making the Cat Laugh, Tennyson’s Gift and With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed, all available from Profile Books. She is also a regular presenter on Radio 4 and a guest presenter for many other programmes. She lives in Brighton.Below is a Q & A with this ...

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