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How To Solve Your Own Murder

"A killer of a debut for amateur sleuths everywhere as Annie Adams attempts to solve the mystery of her great aunt's 60 year old grim prediction. An eccentric masterpiece of deception, and I loved it!"

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The book opens in 1965 with Frances Adams having her fortune told by Peony Lane. She takes in every word as if it’s gospel and spends the next sixty years  as a detective trying to prevent her fate, trying to stop the crime she is sure to befall.

Under her breath, she repeated her fortune again and again until it was burned into her memory.

"Your future contains dry bones. Your slow demise begins right when you hold the queen in the palm of one hand. Beware the bird for it will betray you. And from that, there's no coming back. Bar daughters are the key to justice, find the right one and keep her close. All signs point toward your murder."

With the feel of a classic murder mystery, flitting between the 1960s and present day, wannabe murder mystery writer Annie finds herself at the heart of the story, tasked with trying to find the truth for her great aunt. Summoned to the sprawling estate in Castle Knoll in Dorset, a place she's never been to from a great aunt she only gets to know in death, she finds her quest. 

In the heart of her sprawling country estate lies Frances' Murder Room, her eccentric library of detective work, where the right person could step in and use her findings to solve her murder.  It contains every single theory and paranoia that Francis collected over the years, it's saturated with sadness. As the amaterur sleuths peel away the layers of Frances' psyche and find crooked people galore, we are forced to try and solve the puzzle as armchair detectives. Was it driven by greed, revenge, passion or self preservation?  And the punchline,  whoever cracks the code, inherits her millions. 

As Annie makes her way through the Castle Knoll reading list she finds a boiling pot of deceit, betrayal, intrigue and a cast of characters that would rival any Agatha Christie novel, How To Solve Your Own Murder is a joy, a conundrum of a cosy crime, and I have a feeling there'll be more from this bunch. Oh please, let there be more.

Deborah Maclaren

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