"A perfect novel for the armchair detective as this hugely entertaining read is set within the world of aspiring and published authors as they attempt to survive murder and mayhem."
This stimulating and lively (yes lively, even with all the deaths) crime novel hits all of the right notes. While The Last Word is a standalone murder mystery, it features a lot of the characters from The Postscript Murders which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award. It also includes the now Met based Detective Inspector, Harbinder Kaur, who appears in her own set of mysteries. Bestselling and prizewinning author Elly Griffiths has set this several years after the first, Natalka and Edwin are running a detective agency and find themselves involved in a case where writers and authors are being targeted. I absolutely love the connection within these two novels to the book world, it’s fascinating and incredibly entertaining. It is all rather clever, and beautifully balanced between the crime-solving private investigators, the police, and writers. Each chapter focuses on one of the characters, it really allows you to settle in while seeing events from a broad perspective. Edwin has to be a favourite of mine, this self-confessed oldest sleuth in the country adds an elegant flair to proceedings. The coastal location in Sussex just sings, and the writers' retreat is appropriately foreboding. I thoroughly enjoyed the standalone setting and timing of this novel that continues the stories of Natalka, Edwin, and Benedict, so just had to include it as a LoveReading Star Book. The Last Word is a gloriously fiendish and refreshing yet warming novel I can wholeheartedly recommend.
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